Paralyzed Veterans of America Applauds Final Passage of VA MISSION Act

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WASHINGTON, DC — Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) issued the following statement from its President, David Zurfluh, in response to the Senate’s passage today of the VA MISSION Act:

“On behalf of Paralyzed Veterans of America members—veterans with spinal cord injury or disease—their families, and caregivers, we wish to express our deep appreciation of the efforts of Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-MT) that led to today’s final passage of the VA MISSION Act. This historic legislation will result in needed changes to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA’s) delivery of health care in both the community and in VA health care facilities around the country. With the passage of this legislation, VA’s ability to serve veterans with catastrophic disabilities will remain strong.

We also applaud the efforts of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) for her tireless advocacy for the caregivers of our nation’s heroes. Expanding VA’s Comprehensive Family Caregiver Program to veterans injured prior to September 11, 2001, will finally ensure that all veterans who have been injured due to their military service, regardless of era served, will be eligible for desperately needed caregiver services and supports. Ending this inequity has long been a priority for PVA. We are pleased that it has been addressed.

Without the bipartisan efforts of House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) and the leadership of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, this legislation would not have made it across the finish line. We now call on the President to swiftly sign this bipartisan, bicameral legislation into law. Our heroes and their caregivers have waited long enough.”