Date: February 13, 2013
Lani Poblete at 202-416-7667
Washington, DC -- Paralyzed Veterans of America is welcoming President Obama's State of the Union promise to "keep faith with our veterans" on quality heath care, benefits and job opportunities.
"Our men and women who have served and sacrificed deserve action from our leaders," said Bill Lawson, US Army veteran and national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. "Paralyzed Veterans of America stands with our Commander-in-Chief and with Congress in what we hope will be a united bipartisan effort in the coming months to approve and appropriate historic levels of funding for quality veterans' health care and benefits."
In his address, his fifth since taking office in 2009, Mr. Obama said: “We will keep faith with our veterans -- investing in world-class care, including mental health care, for our wounded warriors; supporting our military families; and giving our veterans the benefits, education, and job opportunities they have earned."
Last week, Paralyzed Veterans of America urged the Administration and Congress to provide $68.4 billion to sufficiently meet veterans’ health care and benefits needs. The recommendation was made in the FY 2014 Independent Budget -- an annual comprehensive budget and policy document, co authored by four of the nation's leading veterans organizations. The IB also noted the fact that VA is currently being funded by a six-month continuing resolution -- leaving vital VA programs to operate in an uncertain and inefficient manner.
Mr. Obama's main focus in his address was on economic recovery -- and veterans have an important role to play as America's economy gets moving again.
"Hiring more veterans is not just the right thing to do for America, but it's a strategy that will help to reignite our economy," stressed Lawson. "Veterans make great employees. They have served in the best military force in the world. They possess world-class skills. They are great team players. They are loyal. They are decisive, committed, and enthusiastic. Add veterans to any workforce and your business gets stronger, as does the economy."
Lawson will testify in March before the Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs Committees, to urge full implementation of The Independent Budget.
Download The Independent Budget at www.independentbudget.org.
Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously injured American heroes from the “Greatest Generation” of World War II. They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they faced back in the 1940s — from a medical community not ready to treat them to an inaccessible world. For more than 66 years, Paralyzed Veterans’ national office and its 34 chapters across the nation have been making America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities. (www.pva.org)