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Enjoy Your Monthly PVA Post Newsletter!

MAY 2024 |  ISSUE #25 |  PVA SUPPORTER EDITION

Meet a member:
MICHAEL

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Air Force Veteran Michael became paralyzed from the waist down while dive training. During rehabilitation, Michael discovered wheelchair rugby and decided to give it a try.  

Since beginning his wheelchair rugby journey, Michael has competed in tournaments all over the country, including PVA’s Wheelchair Rugby Invitational. Michael's ultimate goal is to compete on the U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby team.

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PVA HONORS THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS FOR ACCESSIBILITY

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PVA's architects partnered with Nationals Park to build accessible accommodations into their stadium, not only adhering to PVA guidelines for accessible design but surpassing legal accessibility standards. With PVA's help, Nationals Park is now a leader in accessible sporting event spaces. We awarded the Nationals with our Barrier-Free America Award in honor of the project.

Learn more about the Barrier-Free America Award, the Nationals, and other past recipients at PVA.org/BFAA.  



PVA ADVOCATES FOR WOMEN VETERANS' ACCESS TO CARE

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Women veterans have unique medical needs. In April, PVA testified before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee to advocate for more research and investment in gender-specific care. 

PVA ADVOCATES FOR FAMILIES OF DECEASED VETERANS

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PVA is committed to serving Veterans and military families. We submitted a statement at a Veterans’ Affairs legislative hearing regarding disability assistance, asking Congress to pass a law that would help families of deceased Veterans get benefits. Learn more about it here.



PVA DISCUSSES THE VA'S 2025 BUDGET

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We are proud to collaborate with other nonprofits to improve benefits and services for Veterans. In April, the Independent Budget Veterans Service Organizations- PVA, DAV, VFW- discussed our VA budget request for 2025 in front of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

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PVA testifies at Senate hearing about VA healthcare barriers for women veterans (MSN.com)

PVA Associate Legislative Director, Julie Howell testified at the Senate Veteran's Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, DC.

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