Paralyzed Veterans of America Blog

Advocating to Expand Access to VA’s Comprehensive Caregiver Program

Posted by PVA Staff on Apr 11, 2018 10:28:23 AM

Eight years ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) started a program that was the first of its kind in the United States. Recognizing the degree of injury endured by service members returning home from recent conflicts, and the burden shouldered by their caregivers, Congress took bold action to enable VA to meet their needs by establishing the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. Limited to veterans injured on or after September 11, 2001, the program is designed to sustain a veteran’s caregiver and to recognize the sacrifice and service they provide to our nation’s heroes.

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Topics: Capitol Hill, People With Disabilities

Help us stop H.R. 620 and save the ADA – take action now!

Posted by PVA Staff on Feb 12, 2018 12:51:03 PM
H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, also known as the “ADA Notification” bill, will be voted on by the House this Thursday, February 15. Please contact your Representatives now and ask them to vote "NO" on H.R. 620. This bill would weaken the  Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and make it harder for people with disabilities to participate in the mainstream of society.
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Topics: Capitol Hill, People With Disabilities

Trying To Plan Ahead Doesn’t Always Mean Success

Posted by PVA Staff on Oct 2, 2017 5:35:52 PM

In March 2015 we made the decision to fly to the National Paralyzed Veterans of America convention in San Diego. I am a quadraplegic and have not flown in almost fifteen years so I decided to contact Delta airlines by phone for a flight from Augusta, GA to Atlanta, GA. I had scheduled a connecting flight with Southwest (SW) for a non-stop flight from Atlanta to San Diego. When I made the Delta reservation, I spoke with a CSR by phone and gave him the make model and dimensions of my three hundred pound power chair. The man assisting me asked about time preference and we chose 10:20am on May 2, 2015. Nothing was ever mentioned about the size of the plane for flight 5138.

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Topics: Capitol Hill, People With Disabilities

Summit & the Future of VA - Interview with ED Sherman Gillums & KSEV Houston / Blaze Radio

Posted by PVA Staff on Aug 28, 2017 6:00:38 AM

Listen to the interview with Ed Sherman Gillums Jr., chief strategy officer of American Veterans on the future of veterans. 

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Topics: Capitol Hill, People With Disabilities

The DC VA Director Fire-Rehire Case Will Be the First Major Test of the New VA Accountability Law

Posted by Sherman Gillums Jr., executive director for PVA on Aug 11, 2017 5:18:55 PM

The phone rings after my call is transferred by the executive assistant to the hospital director's direct line.

The director picks up: “Hello.”

I speak: “Hello, Mr. Hawkins. I’m hoping to get your help with a problem that I’m having with the DC Prosthetic Office. I had a wheelchair ordered over seven months ago, and apparently the order isn’t even in the system now. I’m not sure what to do at this point. The casters on the chair I have now are broken, and I’m worried they’ll give out any day now.”

Pregnant pause.

Director speaks: “How did you get this phone number?”

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Topics: Capitol Hill

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