PVA Executive Director Carl Blake Nominated to Department of Veterans Affairs’ Asset and Infrastructure Review CommissionPost Date: March 9, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C., (March 9, 2022) — Paralyzed Veterans of America National President Charles Brown today released the following statement on President Biden’s announcement of his intention to nominate PVA Executive Director Carl Blake to serve on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) Commission – an independent, bipartisan group established by the VA MISSION Act in 2018 to review VA’s recommendations for how they can modernize their infrastructure and improve care to veterans.
“The VA healthcare system provides direct medical care to more than seven million veterans every year – many of whom (like myself and our members) heavily depend on that specialized care available from the VA to address our spinal cord injuries and diseases. For that care to be successfully carried out, VA’s infrastructure of over 1,750 access points – including its medical centers, outpatient clinics, Vet Centers, SCI/D Centers, long-term care facilities, and community living centers, must be in line with an accurate assessment of available community resources and the true needs of veterans, particularly those with catastrophic disabilities.
Paralyzed Veterans of America applauds the White House for nominating our Executive Director Carl Blake to sit on VA’s AIR Commission. This Commission will play a vital role in determining the future of VA-provided care for our nation’s veterans, and Carl would be well-suited to serve as a commissioner. A U.S. Army veteran who sustained a spinal cord injury during a parachuting accident and a longtime PVA leader, Carl knows the military, understands the intricacies of VA care, and listens regularly to veterans receiving VA care. A graduate of the United States Military Academy and now father of a West Point cadet, and former PVA associate executive director of government relations, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to effectively communicate and collaborate in moving forward a comprehensive plan to rebuild and realign VA’s infrastructure to better meet veterans’ needs both now and in the future. With dedicated leaders, like Carl, on the AIR Commission, our veterans and the future of VA infrastructure would be in great hands.”
About Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or diseases like MS and ALS. For 75 years, the organization has ensured that veterans receive the benefits earned through service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.
As a life-long partner and advocate for veterans and all people with disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, and provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation. With more than 70 offices and 33 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans of America serves veterans, their families, and caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Learn more at PVA.org.