WASHINGTON — Paralyzed Veterans of America Executive Director Carl Blake issued the following statement regarding the announcement from Tennessee Congressman Rep. Phil Roe, ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and former chair of the committee, that he will retire at the end of 2020:

“As a leader of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Ranking Member Roe championed the needs of catastrophically disabled veterans, including the expansion of eligibility for VA’s comprehensive caregiver program under the VA MISSION Act.

Because of Ranking Member Roe’s stewardship on Capitol Hill, our veterans are able to receive the care and supports that they deserve. We thank Ranking Member Phil Roe for his service in the US Army Medical Corps and tireless support of important PVA legislative priorities and for the veterans’ community.”

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, the organization has ensured that veterans receive the benefits earned through 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 life-long partner and advocate for veterans and all people with disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces and provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation. With more than 70 offices and 33 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans of America serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Learn more at pva.org.

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