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New Bill Would Create Protection and Advocacy Program for Veterans

For Immediate Release
May 2, 2016                       

Contact: David Card
202.408.9514 x122
press@ndrn.org

WASHINGTON – In response to U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) introducing the Protection and Advocacy for Veterans Act, National Disability Rights Network Executive Director Curt Decker issued the following statement:

“On behalf of the nationwide network of Protection and Advocacy (P&As) agencies, we thank Representative Roby and co-sponsors Representatives Dina Titus and Lee Zeldin for their leadership on this issue and for supporting the well-being of our nation’s men and women in uniform.
 
“For many years the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) has had grave concerns regarding the quality of care that our nation’s veterans receive at federal Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics.

“With the introduction of the Protection and Advocacy for Veterans Act, we have taken a critical first step toward ensuring that our nation’s veterans receive the quality mental health care and substance use treatment that they deserve.

“The Protection and Advocacy for Veterans Act authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to award grants to four P&A agencies who have demonstrated knowledge of issues facing veterans to monitor the mental health and substance use care and treatment veterans are receiving at VA hospitals and clinics within that state.

“Protection and Advocacy agencies are in a unique position to help address the many real issues that our veterans face in getting the quality care they need and to which they are entitled.

“For almost forty years, P&As have provided critical, objective advocacy and protection for individuals with disabilities. One important component of this work is monitoring the quality of care people with disabilities are receiving from hospitals, clinics, and other facilities. As a nationwide network, we consider it a vital part of our mission to provide the same level of important investigation and monitoring to our veterans in federal VA facilities as we can in state facilities.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Representative Roby to ensure the House passes this important legislation.”

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The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.


For Immediate Release                             Contact:        David Card

May 2, 2016                                                              202.408.9514 x122 s press@ndrn.org

                                                           

New Bill Would Create Protection and Advocacy Program for Veterans

 

WASHINGTON – In response to U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) introducing the Protection and Advocacy for Veterans Act, National Disability Rights Network Executive Director Curt Decker issued the following statement:

 

“On behalf of the nationwide network of Protection and Advocacy (P&As) agencies, we thank Representative Roby and co-sponsors Representatives Dina Titus and Lee Zeldin for their leadership on this issue and for supporting the well-being of our nation’s men and women in uniform.

 

“For many years the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) has had grave concerns regarding both the quality and timeliness of care that our nation’s veterans receive at federal Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics.

 

“With the introduction of the Protection and Advocacy for Veterans Act, we have taken a critical first step toward ensuring that our nation’s veterans receive the quality mental health care and substance abuse treatment that they deserve.

 

“The Protection and Advocacy for Veterans Act authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to award a grant to four P&A agencies who have demonstrated knowledge of issues facing veterans to monitor the mental health and substance use care and treatment veterans are receiving at VA hospitals and clinics within that state.

 

“Protection and Advocacy agencies are in a unique position to help address the many real issues that our veterans face in getting the quality care they need and to which they are entitled.

 

“For almost forty years, P&As have provided critical, objective advocacy and protection for individuals with disabilities. One important component of this work is monitoring the quality of care people with disabilities are receiving from hospitals, clinics, and other facilities. As a nationwide network, we consider it a vital part of our mission to provide the same level of important investigation and monitoring to our veterans in federal VA facilities as we can in state facilities.

 

“We look forward to continuing to work with Representative Roby to ensure the House passes this important legislation.”

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