SOURCE: Paralyzed Veterans of America

Paralyzed Veterans of America

June 06, 2016 18:56 ET

Paralyzed Veterans of America Affirms President Obama's Recent Comments Opposing Privatizing VA

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - June 06, 2016) - Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is pleased with comments President Obama made during a recent interview with the Colorado Springs Gazette, stating that "dismantling the VA system would be a mistake." In response to the president's remarks, Paralyzed Veterans released the following statement from Executive Director Sherman Gillums, Jr.

"President Obama's recent comments reiterate what Paralyzed Veterans has been saying for quite some time -- when given a choice, veterans overwhelmingly choose the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care. When that care involves treatment or rehabilitation for complex conditions, like spinal cord injury, the only viable choice is VA. We are pleased that President Obama acknowledges that, while there are still problems that need to be addressed, veterans get the best health care in a system that understands their unique needs and has shown the ability to markedly improve when given enough resources to meet demand. Punting the problem to the private sector would be a dereliction of duty on our nation's part.

"Paralyzed Veterans will continue to advocate for protection of specialized care services and work closely with Congress and VA leaders to ensure the highest quality of service and care are continuously being provided to veterans."

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 nearly 70 years, we have 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.

As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (www.pva.org)

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