WASHINGTON--()--Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is offering strong support for H.R. 813, the “Putting Veterans Funding First Act of 2013.” This legislation would require all of the operational accounts of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to be funded through advance appropriations.
“This legislation will free the VA from the political wrangling that continues to prevent Congress from fulfilling its obligation to fund the federal government.”
“Veterans depend on the VA to provide the benefits and health care services they have earned, but late funding hampers the ability of the VA to provide those benefits and services in a timely manner,” stated Bill Lawson, U.S. Army veteran and national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “This legislation will free the VA from the political wrangling that continues to prevent Congress from fulfilling its obligation to fund the federal government.”
H.R. 813 was introduced by House VA Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) and the Committee Ranking Member Michael Michaud (D-ME).
“Paralyzed Veterans applauds Chairman Miller and Ranking Member Michaud for demonstrating that bipartisanship is not a dirty word,” emphasized Lawson. “Veterans have benefited from the collaboration of Chairman Miller and Ranking Member Michaud, and we are pleased that they continue to put the interests of veterans ahead of politics.”
Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded in the mid-1940s by a group of spinal cord injured American heroes of World War II. They created a non-profit organization to meet the challenges they faced then — from a medical community not ready to treat them to an environment with many barriers for people who use wheelchairs. Today, Paralyzed Veterans’ national office and our 34 chapters continue the fight to make America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities. (www.pva.org)