Recent news regarding legislation and regulatory actions affecting veterans and people with disabilities.
Advocacy / Legislation
Reported by Michael Partridge, NWPVA Legislative Director at the January Meeting of the NWPVA Board of Directors. Received from the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA):
2017 WDVA Legislative Listserv.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Applauds Congressional Action that Enables VA to Provide Procreative Services
Federal Registry publishes rule that approves funding through September 30, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC- On January 19, 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued an interim final rule amending its regulation regarding fertility counseling and treatment available to qualifying veterans and their spouses. Today, services finally became available to veterans, and Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) National President Al Kovach, Jr. issued the following statement:
The results of a recent study conducted by the Center for a New American Society were published in a report titled, Onward and Upward – Understanding Veteran Retention and Performance in the Workforce – https://www.cnas.org/publications/reports/onward-and-upward. It revealed a number of indicators of veteran-specific obstacles, resulting in the proposal of various recommendations.
WASHINGTON, DC—Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) applauds the passage of H.R. 3471, the Veterans Mobility Safety Act, which has been a top legislative priority for the organization. The bill will direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop a comprehensive policy regarding quality standards for providers who dispense modification services to veterans under the Automobile Adaptive Equipment Program.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Applauds Rule Requiring U.S. Airlines to Report Wheelchair and Scooter Transport and Damage
Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) applauds the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) final rule requiring large domestic airlines to track and report information about wheelchairs and scooters that will allow passengers with disabilities to make informed decisions about air travel.
Beginning with flights taking place on or after January 1, 2018, these airlines will be required to provide to DOT on a monthly basis, the total number of wheelchairs and scooters that are placed in aircrafts’ cargo compartments. Airlines will also need to report how many of those wheelchairs and scooters were “mishandled.” DOT considers a wheelchair or scooter to have been mishandled if lost, delayed, damaged, or pilfered.
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We wanted to let all of you know that Social Security has announced the 2017 COLAs. Social Security and SSI benefits for over 65 million Americans will increase 0.3 percent in 2017.