“On behalf of Paralyzed Veterans of America members—veterans with spinal cord injury or disease—their families, and caregivers, we wish to express our gratitude to President Trump for signing this bipartisan legislation into law. The VA MISSION Act will strengthen the ability of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to deliver health care in both the community and in VA facilities around the country, as well as assess and realign VA infrastructure. Of critical importance to PVA, the MISSION Act will finally expand the VA Comprehensive Family Caregiver Program to those veterans injured prior to September 11, 2001.
This legislation wouldn’t have made it across the finish line without the enormous efforts of Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-MT), as well as House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN). We would also like to thank Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) for her persistent advocacy for the caregivers of our nation’s veterans.
Now that the VA MISSION Act has been signed into law, we will work tirelessly to ensure that this legislation is implemented properly, and that the VA Comprehensive Family Caregiver Program is made available to veterans who served prior to 9/11 as swiftly as possible.”