Social Security Turns 79!
Social Security turned 79 years old on August 14, 2014.
New Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Confirmed
In August 2014, the Senate confirmed Robert A. McDonald as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
“Veterans’ Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act” Signed Into Law
Learn more about P.L. 113-146, the “Veterans’ Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act” (previously H.R. 3230), which President Barack Obama signed August 7, 2014.
CRPD Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Paralyzed Veterans of America provides an update on the status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as it relates to the United States Senate ratification.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Participates in Hearing to Review Actions to Address VA Problems
Paralyzed Veterans of America testifed before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs on July 24, 2014, regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Submits Comments to EEOC on the Federal Government as Model Employer
Paralyzed Veterans of America submitted comments both with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and independently to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for their proposed rulemaking as they were seeking answers to several questions about how to make the federal government a model employer of people with disabilities.
House Veterans Affairs Committee Conducts Hearing to Examine Claims Processing Goals
Read about the hearing held July 14, 2014, by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs to discuss the processes used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to achieve claims adjudication goals in the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).
House VA Committee Works With Veterans’ Family Members to Improve VA Mental Health Care Services
Learn more about the hearing held on July 10, 2014, entitled, “Service Should Not Lead to Suicide: Access to VA’s Mental Health Care" and conducted by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.
House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs Hold First Formal Conference Meeting Since 1999
Learn more about the formal conference committee meeting held June 24, 2014, by the House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs and the purpose for it.
Understanding the Access Problems at the VA and Legislation Proposed to Fix It
Paralyzed Veterans of America's Acting Associate Executive Director of Government Relations Carl Blake addresses the VA health care system status and scandal.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Resigns
Paralyzed Veterans of America's leadership responds to the resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki and moving forward under new leadership.
National Park Service Issues Proposed Rule on Service Animals in National Parks
The National Park Service issued a proposed rule in spring 2014 about service animals in national park areas to better align with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Department of Justics regulations.
Senate VA Committee Discusses the Current State of VA Health Care
Paralyzed Veterans of America testified before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs on May 15, 2014, along with other veterans service organizations (VSOs) regarding VA health care.
Access Board Issues Final Rule Governing Emergency Disaster Housing
On May 7, 2014, The Access Board issued a final rule about emergency transportable housing units covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) provided to disaster survivors.
Paralyzed Veterans Legislative Staff Working on Legislation to Reinstate Capacity Reporting Requirement
Paralyzed Veterans of America's legislative staff work on legislation to reinstate capacity reporting requirement with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Paralyzed Veterans of America's Advocacy Staff Field Tests Amtrak Boarding Devices
Paralyzed Veterans of America's Advocacy Department staff were asked to field test accessibility at several Amtrak stations for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.
New Congressional Caucus to Help Train Veterans For Capitol Hill Staff Positions
A new congressional caucus was announced on April 8, 2014: the Veterans Congressional Fellowship Caucus. The goal of the program is to have more veterans into serving as staff members in congressional offices on Capitol Hill.
April is Fair Housing Month
April has been designated as Fair Housing Month.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Conducts Annual Advocacy/Legislation Seminar
Paralyzed Veterans of America testified before a joint session of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committee and conducted its annual Advocacy and Legislation Training Seminar March 2014.
Administration Releases FY 2015 Budget
Paralyzed Veterans of America reacts to the release of the Obama Administration's fiscal year 2015 federal budget.
Major Omnibus Legislation—S. 1982—Tabled in the Senate
Paralyzed Veterans of America expresses disappointment with the defeat of the “Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Pay Restoration Act of 2014," S. 1982.
House Veterans Affairs’ Subcommittee Examines VBA Transformation
Learn more about the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs meeting held on February 5, 2014 and Paralyzed Veterans of America's opinions on items discussed.
The FY 2015 Independent Budget Released
The 28th edition of The Independent Budget was released February 2014. The document is co-authored by the American Veterans (AMVETS), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW).
Major Veterans Legislation Introduced in the Senate January 2014
Learn more about the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014, S. 1982, introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders in January 2014.
Report on Federal Employment of People with Disabilities
A report was released in December 2013 summarizing the results of recent efforts to hire more people with disabilities.
ABLE Act Co-Sponsors Update
The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act has an unusually high number of co-sponsors in both the US House and Senate. It is a tax-free savings program for individuals with disabilities.
U.S. House Hearing on 2012 Military and Overseas Voting
A U.S. House of Representatives sub-committee reviewed issues and challenges with 2012 military and overseas voting during a hearing held November 20, 2013.
House VA Disability Assistance Subcommittee Examines Adjudication of Complex Claims
Sherman Gillums, Jr. from Paralyzed Veterans of America testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs on December 4, 2013, about complex claims and the rating of those by the VA.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Hosts Forum on Strengthening Financial Capability for People with Disabilities
Staff members from Paralyzed Veterans of America attended a meeting in November 2013 sponsored by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) discussing ways in which CFPB can assist people with disabilities and their financial stability.
Oversight Hearing on the VA’s Independent Living Program
Paralyzed Veterans of America was asked to testify before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs on November 13, 2013, about VA's Independent Living program and vocational rehabilitation programs.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Conducts Airline Transfer Training in Texas
A Paralyzed Veterans of America member and staff from the national office conducted airline transfer training in two Texas airports in November 2013.
Air Carrier Regulations: New Rule Added Regarding Wheelchairs
Paralyzed Veterans of America shares information about a new rule from the Department of Transportation regarding airline travel and wheelchairs.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hold Hearing on Disabilities Treaty
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on November 5, 2013 to discuss the ratification of the disability treaty, also called the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD).
Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Reviews Pending Veterans Legislation: October 2013
The Senate Committee for Veterans Affairs met on October 30, 2013, to discuss various pieces of veterans' legislation.
Veterans Homebuyer Accessibility Act Introduced
Paralyzed Veterans of America, along with several other veterans service organizations, show their support for the The Veterans Homebuyer Accessibility Act.
The Independent Budget Critical Issues Report Released
The Independent Budget co-authors recently released the Critical Issues Report that comes out prior to the release of the FY 2015 Independent Budget.
Congress Finally Reaches Agreement on Short-Term Budget Deal
The US House of Representatives and Senate on October 16, 2013, approved a short-term budget deal that would reopen the federal government through January 15, 2014.
U.N. Convention on the Rights for People With Disabilities (CRPD)
You help is needed to secure Senate votes on for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Final Guidelines for Federal Outdoor Recreation Sites Go In Effect November 2013
Paralyzed Veterans of America's Architecture and Advocacy staff were part of the Regulatory Negotiation committee that developed a report underlying accessibility guidelines for outdoor areas. These were presented September 26, 2013, to the U.S. Access Board.
House VA Committee Holds Hearing on Affect of Government Shutdown on Veterans
The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing on October 9, 2013, to evaluate the affect of the federal government shutdown on the benefits of veterans.
TSA Disability Coalition learns about TSA Pre✓™
The TSA Pre✓™ program is explained and how this could benefit people with disabilities. It goes into effect late 2013.
Federal Commission on Long-Term Care Issues Final Report
The Federal Commission on Long-Term Care submitted a report on the availability of long-term care services and support on September 18, 2013.. An alternate report was submitted by another group as well.
Voting Survey on Political Impact of People with Disabilities
A report was recently release about a survey of the political impact of people with disabilities and their families and caregivers by The Youth Transitions Collaborative, revealing interesting voting information.
Governors Issue Report on Hiring People with Disabilities
The report from the National Governors Association A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities reveals some interesting statistics about people with disabilities in the workforce.
VA Evaluates Expansion of Eligibility for Family Caregiver Assistance for Veterans
Paralyzed Veterans of America comments on the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers and its limit on only providing additional caregiver support services to veterans with a service-connected injury that was incurred after September 11, 2001 as this does not cover veterans with ALS, MS, or injured prior to September 11, 2001.
US House Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Reviews Veterans Employment Programs
The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing on September 12, 2013, to review two veterans employment programs: the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) and the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP).
House VA Disability Assistance Subcommittee Reviews Fully Developed Claims Initiative
Paralyzed Veterans of America submits a statement for the record and offers comments to the US House of Representatives Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs during a September 11, 2013, hearing about the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Fully Developed Claims (FDC) initiative.
DOL Releases Final Government Contractor Rules for Hiring Veterans and People with Disabilities
Department of Labor (DOL) announced two new rules addressing advancing employment opportunities for veterans and individuals with disabilities on August 27, 2013.
Access Board Extends Deadline for Comments on Passenger Vessels
The deadline for comments on proposed guidelines for accessible passenger vessels has been extended by the U.S. Access Board to January 2014.
Senate Hearing Reviews Financial Protection Laws for Service Members and Veterans
The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing on July 31, 2013, to financial abuse and scams of both military service members and veterans.
House and Senate VA Committees Markup Multiple Bills Before August 2013 Recess
Paralyzed Veterans of America discusses several bills being considered by the House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs before the August 2013 including caregivers, long-term care, and reproductive services.
23rd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 2013
Comments from President Barack Obama on the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Paralyzed Veterans of America Testifies on Advance Appropriations Legislation
Paralyzed Veterans of America testified on behalf of the AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, co-authors of The Independent Budget, on July 17, 2013, before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
Supreme Court Upholds “Motor Voter Law”
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 17, 2013, the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993 pre-empts an Arizona voter registration law requiring proof of citizenship.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Testifies on Accessible Passenger Vessels
Paralyzed Veterans of America had representatives from the Advocacy Department staff testify before the U.S. Access Board on its proposed passenger vessel accessibility guidelines.
Reconsideration of U.N. Convention On Rights Of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD)
Congress will reconsider in September 2013 ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Paralyzed Veterans of America has joined with other disability organizations to urge the Senate to ratify the CRPD.
House VA Health Subcommittee Reviews Proposed Legislation
Paralyzed Veterans of America offers statements and opinions regarding a hearing held on July 9, 2013, at the The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Health, to review pending legislation regarding our veterans' VA health care.
House Veterans Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Pending Veterans’ Legislation
Comments from Paralyzed Veterans of America regarding the June 28, 2013, the House VA Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs hearing on multiple pieces of pending veterans’ legislation.
New Legislation to Help Veterans with Economic Issues
Paralyzed Veterans of America did not oppose any of the bills that were considered at a hearing on June 26, 2013, at the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity to review new legislation.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Submits Statement on Why Veterans are Waiting Years on Claims Appeals
Paralyzed Veterans of America offered recommendations to the June 18, 2013, the House VA Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, which received testimony on the situation faced by thousands of veterans awaiting decisions on their appeals for veterans’ benefits.
Senate VA Committee Conducts Benefits Legislation Hearing
Learn more about the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing held on June 12, 2013, on various pieces of pending veterans’ benefits legislation.
House Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee Reviews Security of VA Electronic Files
The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation held a hearing on June 4, 2013, to review policies and security in regards to the Department of Veterans Affairs electronic files.
Commission on Civil Rights Holds Hearing on Veterans and Service Member Rights
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held a hearing on May 31, 2013, regarding “Protecting the Civil Rights of Our Veterans and Service Members.”
Paralyzed Veterans of America Conducts ACAA Transfer Training in Houston
Paralyzed Veterans of America staff and members conducted airline transfer training in Houston, Texas. Demonstrated was the method of transfer from wheelchair to aisle chair among other important aspects of transfers for people with disabilities.
Two of Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Top Legislative Priorities Included in Hearing Held by Health Subcommittee
A review of legislation from the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Health, hearing on May 21, 2013, to review pending legislation affecting veterans.
Senate VA Committee Conducts Health Care Legislation Hearing
Paralyzed Veterans of America supports several health care legislation bills currently in the Senate including the "Caregiver Expansion and Improvement Act of 2013."
Senate Hearing Focuses on Outreach to Veterans
The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing on April 28, 2013, discussing the current outreach of the VA to the America's veterans.
House Veterans Affairs (VA) Committee Considers Implications of Affordable Care Act on VA
Paralyzed Veterans of America is a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act. In April 2013, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs conducted a hearing examining the implications of implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the delivery of health care services by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
House Committee on Veterans Affairs Hears Testimony on Pending Veterans Legislation
Paralyzed Veterans of America explains on pending veterans' legislation from the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs hearing held on April 16, 2013.
Report on Military/Veteran Caregivers
Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Holds Hearings on New Legislation Affecting Veterans
Paralyzed Veterans of America summarizes and offers support to many of the bills presented on April 10, 2013, by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.
Administration Finally Releases Budget for FY 2014
Paralyzed Veterans of America responds to the Obama Administration release of its budget request for FY 2014 and its affect on veterans.
Amendment Blocks Chained CPI in Senate Budget
House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Addresses Veterans’ Benefits Claims Backlog
Progress Report on Federal Employment of People with Disabilities Shows Improvement
House Subcommittee Investigates Care Provided to Gulf War Veterans
VA Claims Process: Review of VA's Transformation Efforts
Complex Rehabilitation Technology Bill Introduced in the House
ACCESS (ADA Compliance for Customer Entry to Stores and Services) Act of 2013
House Committee on Veterans Affairs Chairman Speaks to Paralyzed Veterans' Board of Directors
Access Board Creates Committee on Rail Vehicles
House Committee on Veterans Affairs Holds Hearing to Improve Delivery of VA Mental Health Services
Access Board Issues Rule on Access to Shared Use Paths
Paralyzed Veterans of America Opposes the Pool SAFE Act
The Independent Budget for FY 2014 is Released
Hearing on the Effective Use of the 100 Percent Temporary Disability Rating
CLASS Act Repealed as Part of Fiscal Cliff Deal
Lame-Duck Session Leads to Fiscal Cliff Deal, Other Issues Remain for 113th Congress
Last Veterans’ Legislation of the 112th Congress Passed
Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME) Chosen as House VA Committee Ranking Member
U.S. House Hearing on VA Transition to Paperless Technology
Committee Condemns Excessive Spending by the VA
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Fails in Senate
Senate VA Committee Chairman Murray Steps Down
Senate Finally Approves COLA Bill
Long List of Issues Face Lame-Duck Session of 112th Congress
California Americans with Disabilities Act Drive-By Lawsuits Addressed
Paralyzed Veterans of America Participates in Access Board Committee on Medical Equipment
Presidential Disability Forum Hosted by the National Forum on Disability Issues
Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act Passes House
EAC Panel Discusses Veterans Voter Access
Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Marks-Up Legislation
Paralyzed Veterans of America Sponsors National Forum on Disability Issues
Republicans and Democrats Agree on Issue Platforms at National Conventions
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Ready for Floor Action
Office of Personal Management July 2012 Report on Federal Disability Employment
Census Bureau Report on People with Disabilities
House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Receives Update on VA Prosthetics Reorganization
Americans with Disabilities Act Celebrated with Passage of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
Convention on the Civil Rights of Persons with Disabilities
House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Advances Legislation
Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Reviews Pending Health Care and Benefits Legislation
Department of Transportation (DOT) Issues Draft Assistance Manual
Emergency Preparedness on Trains
Supreme Court Decides Health Care Reform Law
Paralyzed Veterans of America Testifies on VA Claims Transformation
House and Senate VA Committees Agree on Omnibus Legislation, Held Up in Senate
Paralyzed Veterans of America Submits Comments Regarding Accessible Medical Equipment
US House Committee on Veterans Affairs Reviews VOW Act
VA Committee Continues Oversight Investigations of VA Prosthetic Purchases
House Approves Military Construction and VA Appropriations Bill, Senate Bill Moving Forward As Well
Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs Discusses Veterans' Transition
VA Working to Improve Delivery of Prosthetics Services to Veterans
People with Disabilities Still Left Behind in Transportation
Paralyzed Veterans of America Disability Advocates Meet with Office of Personnel Management
House Committee on Veterans Affairs Advances Legislation
Swimming Pool Regulations Still in Contention
Administration Affirms Protection of VA Health Care from Sequestration
House Veterans Affairs Committee Examines Claims Representatives
House Committee on Veterans Affairs Holds Legislative Hearing on Broad Range of Health Care Issues
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Pool Regulations Delayed
House VA Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Conducts Legislative Hearing
House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee Approves Employment-Related Legislation
Paralyzed Veterans' Government Relations Hosts Annual 2012 Advocacy/Legislation Training Seminar
House VA Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Reviews Servicemember Transition to Veteran Status
EEOC Issues Guideance on Employment of Veterans with Disabilities
House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Employment Issues for Veterans
Improving Partnerships Between VA and Community Organizations to Meet the Needs of Veterans
House and Senate VA Committees Review FY 2012 VA Budget Request, Real Problems Outlined by Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of America Supports Goals for Contractors to Hire People with Disabilities
U.S. House of Representatives Repeals CLASS Long-Term Care Program
Administration Releases FY 2013 Budget, Includes FY 2014 Advance Appropriations
The Independent Budget for FY2013 is Released
House VA Disability Assistance Subcommittee Discusses Revision of Ratings Schedule for Disabilities
Congress Finally Finishes Appropriations Work
House VA Subcommittee Holds Hearing on VA’s Compensated Work Therapy Program
House VA Subcommittee Reviews Implementation of “VOW to Hire Heroes Act”
Three Months into Fiscal Year...Still No VA Appropriation
Access to VA Mental Health Services Remains a Problem
Congress Encourages VA to Increase Contracts to Veteran-Owned Businesses
Veterans to Receive COLA Increase in 2012
New Employment Initiatives for Veterans Approved by Congress
Advocates Press for Greater Attention to Employment of People with Disabilities
Paralyzed Veterans Testifies Before the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on the Partnership Between VA and the US Olympic Committee-Paralympics Program
Senate VA Committee Considers Broad Range of Legislation
House Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Reviews Transitioning Programs for Veterans
Putting America's Veterans Back to Work
Safe Streets Bills Introduced
Paralyzed Veterans Government Relations Department Hosts Annual 2011 Advocacy/Legislation Training Seminar
EEOC Publishes Final Regulations for the Americans wtih Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA)
Paralyzed Veterans of America Testifies on VA's Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Video: National President Bill Lawson's Congressional Testimony: March 30, 2011
Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Holds Hearings on Veterans' Employment and Training Service
Supreme Court Upholds Right to Protest at Military Funerals
Deadline for New Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Regulations Set for March 15, 2011
President Obama's FY2012 Budget for People with Disabilities
Paralyzed Veterans Participates in American Federation of Government Employees Annual Legislative Conference
House Veterans' Affairs Committee Conducts Oversight Hearing on Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
Comments Submitted to the Department of Justice