Legislative Issues

Issues that matter to paralyzed Veterans / 2018

Paralyzed Veterans of America works with policymakers to implement legislation to improve benefits and health care services for veterans and their families.
Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Legislation Program plans, coordinates, and implements Paralyzed Veterans’ relations with the United States Congress and federal departments and agencies. Through our relationships with federal, state, and local policymakers, Paralyzed Veterans works to ensure that veterans, their dependents, and survivors, receive the best benefits and highest quality health care available. These benefits include compensation, pensions, insurance, housing and employment.

For example, Paralyzed Veterans:

  • Ensures that veterans have access to quality, timely health care at VA medical facilities.
  • Promotes and supports VA research on spinal cord injurydysfunction and rehabilitation.
  • Develops programs, including non-institutional long-term care, for aging veterans.
  • Works for realistic, cost-effective VA funding through The Independent Budget. This is an annual comprehensive budget and policy guide that provides budget and policy recommendations for the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is co-authored by Paralyzed Veterans of America, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

To find out what the United States Congress and federal agencies are doing to help veterans or to get information on legislation pending before Congress, select one of the following links:

To learn about Paralyzed Veterans of America’s efforts on behalf of disabled veterans as well as all people with disabilities, visit the links to the left or call 800-424-8200 and ask for the Legislation Program.

On behalf of Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans), we offer an outline of the priority issues that Paralyzed Veterans will devote its advocacy efforts to during the first session of the 115th Congress.

These issues reflect areas of concerns for our members as both veterans with spinal cord injury or disease and people with disabilities. Additionally, we remain a steadfast advocate for all veterans and all people with disabilities. Our priorities include:
2018 Policy Papers

  • ADA Notification Legislation
  • Air Carrier Access Act
  • Expand Eligibility for the VA Comprehensive Caregiver Program
  • Improve Benefits for Catastrophically Disabled Veterans
  • Protection of Specialized Services
  • Provision of IVF
  • Reforming the Benefits Claims and Appeals Process
  • Strengthen and Protect Social Security and Medicare