113th Congress, First Session: Legislative Priorities
On behalf of Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans), we present an outline of the legislative issues that Paralyzed Veterans will devote its advocacy efforts to during the first session of the 113th Congress. Paralyzed Veterans continues to work on issues important to our members, veterans with spinal cord injury or dysfunction, specifically, and to all veterans. With this in mind, our top priorities to consider during the first session of the 113th Congress include:
- Ensure sufficient funding is provided for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for FY 2014 and advance appropriations for medical care programs for FY 2015.
- Improve the claims process to ensure that veterans receive the compensation and ancillary benefits that they have earned in a timely manner.
- Conduct thorough oversight of changes to the VA Prosthetics programs to ensure that catastrophically disabled veterans are receiving the equipment and devices that they need in a timely and efficient manner.
- Provide procreative services to catastrophically disabled veterans and their families.
- Improve benefits for the most severely disabled veterans, specifically addressing the needs of severely disabled veterans who are in receipt of Special Monthly Compensation and Aid and Attendance benefits, as well as providing travel reimbursement for catastrophically disabled non-service connected veterans.
- Improve coordination of employment programs serving veterans by moving the Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) to the VA.