The Independent Budget serves as a comprehensive roadmap to ensure VA is fully funded and capable of carrying out its mission to serve veterans and their families.

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“Many of our nation’s disabled veterans – with emphasis on those with catastrophic injuries and illnesses like our members – have waited and suffered long enough for airlines to prioritize their safety and for Congress to make the changes necessary for them to fly with dignity.”

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LOUISVILLE, KY (Jan. 16, 2024) – Paralyzed Veterans of America today concluded their seventh annual Wheelchair Rugby Invitational in Louisville, Kentucky, presenting the Code of Honor Cup to the winners of each division. The winners included the WWAR Generals in Division 1, Ability 360 (Heat 2) in Division 2, and the University of Michigan B […]

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LOUISVILLE, KY (Jan. 8, 2024) – Paralyzed Veterans of America will host the seventh annual Wheelchair Rugby Invitational January 11-14, 2024, in Louisville, Kentucky. In total, eighteen teams will compete in three divisions in a round-robin style competition. The winner of each division will be awarded PVA’s coveted Code of Honor Cup, which will be presented […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 11, 2023) – Paralyzed Veterans of America Chief Policy Officer Heather Ansley released the following statement in response to a letter sent out last week by the House Administration’s Modernization subcommittee to the Capitol Police, the Architect of the Capitol, and the House sergeant at arms requesting “a preliminary study to identify possible […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 15, 2023) – Paralyzed Veterans of America honored U.S. Representative Mike Bost of Illinois with the prestigious 2023 Gordon H. Mansfield Congressional Leadership Award. First presented to Senator Bob Dole in 2015, PVA established this award to recognize strong leadership and support of PVA’s legislative priorities in the areas of Veterans’ health […]

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2023 Clinical Excellence in Nursing Shawn Gallups, Resident Care Coordinator of the SCI/D Long Term Care Center in Hampton, Virginia Shawn systematically applies the nursing process to improve Programs and outcomes not only in the Hampton Long-Term Care Center, but also at the national level as well. As Chair of the Hampton VA’s Shared Governance […]

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Orlando, Florida (Aug. 14, 2023) – Paralyzed Veterans of America kicks off its 2023 Healthcare Summit and Expo – a four-day conference comprised of attendees from over 100 acute care and rehabilitation hospitals and community care centers across the country, more than 90 speakers, 70 exhibitors, and some 60 breakout sessions, all specialized in the […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jul. 26, 2023) – Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Chief Policy Officer Heather Ansley released the following statement today in response to the Department of Transportation’s final regulations on accessible lavatories on single-aisle aircraft. The news comes on the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is widely regarded as the nation’s […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jun. 14, 2023) – Paralyzed Veterans of America released the following statement today from PVA National President Charles Brown in response to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s unanimous passage today of H.R. 3935, the “Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act.” “Improving access to air travel for passengers with disabilities […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jun. 7, 2023) – Today, Paralyzed Veterans of America Executive Director Carl Blake testified before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on the importance of Veterans’ access to long-term care. Immediately following the hearing, PVA issued the following statement urging VA and Congress to work together expeditiously to help America’s Veterans, particularly those with the greatest support […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Apr. 18, 2023) – Today, Paralyzed Veterans of America National President Charles Brown issued a statement following President Biden’s Executive Order that includes supports for home-based care for Veterans, long-term care workers, and family caregivers. “PVA commends President Biden for signing today’s Executive Order capitalizing on the importance of America’s care economy – […]

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WASHINGTON (April 4, 2023)  – WASHINGTON, D.C.– Paralyzed Veterans of America today released the following statement in answer to the Washington Post Editorial Board’s April 3, 2023, opinion piece requesting scrutiny of the VA budget providing for income and disability payments to Veterans. There has long been a debate about the purpose of Veteran’s disability […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 21, 2023) – The Independent Budget veterans service organizations (IBVSOs) – DAV (Disabled American Veterans), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), and the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) – today released the following statement applauding the Veterans Health Care Policy Institute (VHPI) for its new report documenting the critical importance of the VA […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 16, 2023) – Paralyzed Veterans of America Executive Director Carl Blake issues statement today in response to the Department of Veterans Affairs updating their mission statement, which dates back more than six decades. Following outreach to tens of thousands of Veterans, the VA decided to update its mission statement. The new, more […]

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