Statement from Paralyzed Veterans of America on Defeat of Veterans Omnibus Bill, S. 1982
Paralyzed Veterans of America's National President Bill Lawson said the following today regarding the defeat of S. 1982:
Paralyzed Veterans of America is sad to see that S. 1982, the "Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Pay Restoration Act," fell victim to continued partisanship in the United States Senate. This legislation would have offered a number of improvements that would benefit Paralyzed Veterans of America's members--veterans with spinal cord injury or disorder.
Specifically, it would have expanded access to the Comprehensive Caregiver Assistance program for veterans of all eras. It would have also afforded the opportunity for veterans with catastrophic disabilities to realize the dream of having a family through procreative services. Additionally, it would have provided an advance appropriation authorization to pay veterans benefits, to include compensation and pension, education benefits, and dependency and indemnity compensation.
Unfortunately, the partisanship that has trumped most political action in Washington has left this important veterans legislation in its wake. We are deeply disappointed that the Senate could not set aside its differences to support the men and women who have already sacrificed so much for this country. We will continue to work to make the improvements proposed by S. 1982 a reality.
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