Paralyzed Veterans of America was one of the earliest and most vocal opponents of privatizing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare when recent efforts began to gain steam in 2014, following the Phoenix VA scandal. I, along with my fellow paralyzed veterans, knew all too well what awaited us in the private health sector: well-meaning […]
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Our Government Must Keep its Promise to Veterans’ Caregivers
When President Obama signed into law the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, it fundamentally changed the way America honored caregivers. It specifically benefitted those facing the burden of helping severely wounded veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001. Those caregivers who had given up their careers, neglected their own […]
What is the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international disability treaty that was inspired by U.S. leadership in recognizing the rights of people with disabilities. The CRPD is a vital framework for creating legislation and policies around the world that embrace the rights and dignity of all people with disabilities. The […]
Advocating for Veteran Policies
Core to Paralyzed Veterans of America ‘s mission is helping veterans and all people with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) enjoy the high quality of life they deserve.
Congressional Action Enables VA to Provide Procreative Services
Federal Registry publishes rule that approves funding through September 30, 2018 WASHINGTON, DC – On January 19, 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued an interim final rule amending its regulation regarding fertility counseling and treatment available to qualifying veterans and their spouses. Today, services finally became available to veterans, and Paralyzed Veterans of […]
The Independent Budget for the 115th Congress
For more than 30 years, the co-authors of The Independent Budget—Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans), and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)—have presented our budget and policy recommendations to Congress and the Administration. Our recommendations are meant to inform Congress and the Administration of the needs of our members and all […]
Paralyzed Veterans of America Awareness Month
In April, Paralyzed Veterans of America is marking the anniversary of its founding by urging all Americans to take a stand for veterans. Paralyzed Veterans Awareness Month highlights the unique challenges facing veterans with spinal cord injury/disease. It spotlights the work of Paralyzed Veterans to empower seriously wounded heroes and their families with everything they need to thrive. “Paralyzed […]
Congress Should Fund Nurses for Disabled Veterans
Nurses—specifically those who work at the bedside—are the backbone of the VA healthcare system today. In fact, with more than 80,000 registered nurses and nursing assistants, VA is the nation’s largest employer of nurses.
Seven More Things Our Congress Can Do To Help Veterans
In response to Speaker John Boehner’s ‘Seven Things We’ve Done to Help Veterans‘ from August 2015 Congress seems content to pat itself on the back every time it basically does its job. Worst yet, these self-congratulatory proclamations never acknowledge that many of the problems our legislators manage to solve were largely of their own making.
Stop Fighting Wars Before Doing Away with VA
As I watched Dr. Ben Carson’s interview on The Dave Ramsey Show, where he suggested that “we don’t need a Department of Veterans Affairs,” and that “the Department of Veterans Affairs should be folded in under the Department of Defense,” it became apparent to myself and anyone else who understands how the two agencies work […]