COVER STORY: Strength in Numbers

Reprinted from PN May 2005

An inherent power of any advocacy organization is its ability to mobilize its members, as PVA recently demonstrated.

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Representatives from Buckeye PVA discuss their concerns with Senator Ted Strickland (D?Ohio, at left), ranking minority member of the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Photo by John Ring.

There is perhaps no better demonstration of the Paralyzed Veterans of America's (PVA's) strength than during its Annual Advocacy/Legislation Training Seminar.

For this event, PVAs chapters send representatives to Washington, D.C. While there, the grass-roots advocates ingest a highly-concentrated dose of legislative and advocacy issues during a two-day seminar presented by PVAs Government Relations professionals. The veterans hear from senior congressional staff representing the committees with which PVA has business, and the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary makes an annual visit.

Armed with their point papers and a schedule of Capitol Hill visits, the veterans-activists then head toward the Hill for their scheduled appointments with their congressmen and -women.

In this article, find out how this year's visits went: What were the "hot topics"? And what lies ahead?


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COVER STORY: Strength in Numbers


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