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Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News March 2018

PVA’s annual Advocacy and Legislation Training Seminar prepares chapter representatives to be the veterans service organization’s voice on Capitol Hill.

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Oh, to live in interesting times. It’s been just over a year with a new president and new Congress, and many things changed over the past year. Some changes were expected, but many were not. Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) had many wins for veterans with the new administration over the past year. However, this past year also demonstrated how important it is for PVA to have educated members available to speak to their House and Senate representatives to guide legislation and make the concerns of catastrophically disabled veterans known to Congress. To support this effort, PVA is holding its annual Advocacy and Legislation Training Seminar this month in Arlington, Va. The seminar includes two days of in-depth training and education for chapter representatives, followed by the opportunity to meet face-to-face with their respective House and Senate state representatives. PVA National President David Zurfluh’s testimony before a joint session of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs highlights the seminar. This year, perhaps more than most, it’s critical for PVA to get its message across to Congress, as many pressures mount for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to modify how it provides health care and services to veterans.

Here’s a look at some of PVA’s main concerns and its agenda for this year’s seminar.


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