Paralyzed Veterans of America Applauds Introduction of H.R. 813 "Putting Veterans Funding First Act"

Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:32pm EST

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Bill Would Make All VA Programs Advance Appropriations
WASHINGTON--(Business Wire)--
Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is offering strong support
for H.R. 813, the "Putting Veterans Funding First Act of 2013." This legislation
would require all of the operational accounts of the Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) to be funded through advance appropriations. 

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

H.R. 813 was introduced by House VA Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) and
the Committee Ranking Member Michael Michaud (D-ME). 

"Paralyzed Veterans applauds Chairman Miller and Ranking Member Michaud for
demonstrating that bipartisanship is not a dirty word," emphasized 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." 

Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded in the mid-1940s by a group of spinal
cord injured American heroes of World War II. They created a non-profit
organization to meet the challenges they faced then - from a medical community
not ready to treat them to an environment with many barriers for people who use
wheelchairs. Today, Paralyzed Veterans` national office and our 34 chapters
continue the fight to make America a better place for all veterans and people
with disabilities. (

Paralyzed Veterans of America
Lani Poblete, 202-416-7667

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