Vet Funding Bill

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News May 2013

PVA supports a new bill that helps ensure funding for VA.

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A new bill that helps ensure funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)  is receiving strong support from Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).

The Putting Veterans Funding First Act of 2013 (HR 813) would require all of VA’s operational accounts to be funded through advance appropriations.

“Veterans depend on the VA to provide the benefits and healthcare services they have earned, but late funding hampers the ability of the VA to provide those benefits and services in a timely manner,” says Bill Lawson, U.S. Army veteran and PVA national president. “This legislation will free the VA from the political wrangling that continues to prevent Congress from fulfilling its obligation to fund the federal government.”

HR 813 was introduced by House VA Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R–Fla.) and the Committee Ranking Member Michael Michaud (D–Maine).

“Paralyzed Veterans applauds Chairman Miller and Ranking Member Michaud for demonstrating that bipartisanship is not a dirty word,” adds Lawson. “Veterans have benefited from the collaboration of Chairman Miller and Ranking Member Michaud, and we are pleased that they continue to put the interests of veterans ahead of politics.” 


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