I am writing to you today on behalf of Paralyzed Veterans of America about the executive order signed by President Donald Trump that imposed a hiring freeze across the federal government. Given preexisting under-staffing across the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Spinal Cord Injury & Disorder (SCI/D) system of care, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) was initially concerned that a hiring freeze would further exacerbate issues with access to care and staff turnover. We are relieved to tell you that senior VA officials have stated the hiring freeze, as it turns out, will not affect clinical staff hiring.
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:
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has agreed to provide disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion to veterans who had been exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
The decision was quietly made public Thursday with a notice in the Federal Register, the government’s official journal.
Beginning in March, the cash payouts from the Department of Veterans Affairs may supplement VA health care already being provided to eligible veterans stationed at the Marine base for at least 30 days cumulative between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987. Veterans will have to submit evidence of their diagnosis and service information.
The President of NWPVA, Tom Bungert came across a series of images that he emailed to all of our members. He wrote, “This email is going out to all of my friends, for it is so true that behind every good man is a great woman.”
This is a story about the willingness of a catastrophically disabled American Veteran to overcome diversity at all costs, and a testament of what true love can actually do. Thank God he had someone who loved him unconditionally!
From 2012 to 2015, Western Washington Area Health Education Centers (WWAHEC), facilitated The Veteran’s Grant Steering Committee (VGSC), which served to help military-trained, enlisted health professions across multiple entry-level occupational specialties, transition into civilian-equivalent positions, by attaining credentials issued by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). The committee worked with numerous stakeholders across the state to also help develop and implement “gap” programs to supplement shortfalls in education, training, and experience to becoming credentialed.
I was the Veterans Representative on an Institutional Review Board for veteran medical research. I served on committees to promote research into finding answers to hypotheses. One of the reasons I served on the committees was that I wished we could take the mystery out of why so many veterans for so long have suffered from the aftermath of their combat trauma through studies. Wouldn’t it be nice if medical research discovered a simple test to diagnose, and a tool kit to help the patient try to repair their new neuropsychiatric condition and adapt to life when home from the battlefield? Would it help de-stigmatize the trauma and promote more warriors to seek help?