Media Advisory Contact: Tracey Lynn Shifflett
December 4, 2017 202-257-7489; TraceyS@pva.org
National veterans groups to deliver nearly 200K petitions to House and Senate leaders calling for passage of caregiver expansion legislation
WASHINGTON, DC: Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans), DAV (Disabled American Veterans), The American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) together will present nearly 200,000 petition signatures to House and Senate leaders urging passage of caregiver expansion legislation to ensure equal benefits to veterans of all generations. Under current law, only veterans injured after September 11, 2001 are eligible for comprehensive caregiver benefits and supports through the Department of Veterans Affairs, and expansion would benefit hundreds of thousands of dedicated caregivers, many of whom have performed their role without support for decades.
WHEN: Wednesday, December 6, 2:30 p.m.
WHO: Planned remarks from: Senator Patty Murray (WA), Ranking Member Jon Tester (MT) Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Senate Sponsor of Caregiver Expansion Legislation, Representative Jim Langevin (RI) House Sponsor of Caregiver Legislation, Carl Blake- National Interim Executive Executive Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America, DAV Past National Commander Dave Riley and Yvonne Riley, his caregiver, Roscoe Butler-Deputy Director for Healthcare, American Legion, Kayda Keleher- Associate Director of Legislative Services VFW, Other congressional speaker not yet finalized
WHERE: U.S. Capitol, Room S-120
About Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For more than 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans has ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis. With more than 70 offices and 33 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico (pva.org).
DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; providing employment resources to veterans and their families; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a nonprofit organization with 1.3 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U. S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at dav.org.
About American Legion: The nation’s largest wartime veterans organization, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans care and rehabilitation, Americanism and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through nearly 14,000 posts across the nation.
About the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW): The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With nearly 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 6,500 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at VFW.org.