NEPVA Government Relations
NEPVA Chapter Advocacy
NEPVA's advocacy efforts involve preparing and presenting position papers to various governing bodies concerning the needs of paralyzed veterans, their families, and people with disabilities and their families. Board members of the organization routinely lobby members of Congress and other elected officials on issues of concern to veterans and people with disabilities.
NEPVA also has a strong working relationship with other veteran's service organizations and their volunteers. On occasion, NEPVA will support litigation that involves defending the civil rights of its members and people with disabilities. For example, NEPVA filed a lawsuit against the Fleet Center in Boston to secure seating for people who use wheelchairs and their companions, which have sight lines that are comparable to the general public’s. Another example of how NEPVA works to defend the civil rights of people with disabilities is by filing complaints. In 1998 NEPVA filed an official complaint with the Access Board in Washington DC against GSA because the newly constructed Federal Courthouse in Boston was not built fully accessible as is required by law.
Over the years NEPVA has worked with the Massachusetts Office on Disability, the Disability Law Center, and many other non-profit organizations in an effort to educate its members, people with disabilities, and the general public about the civil rights of people with disabilities and how to find solutions to problems before they escalate.
NEPVA Chapter Legislation
NEPVA's Legislation Program works closely with our PVA National Office in Washington D.C. on legislative issues that not only effect veterans but also indirectly effect the disabled community. Veteran's healthcare is a priority. Ensuring that all veterans receive quality healthcare and timely access to VA Medical Centers and Clinics is part of NEPVA's mission statement. NEPVA routinely meets with federal, state, and local policymakers to initiate, implement, and support legislation that provides necessary benefits and services in areas such as compensation, pension, insurance, housing, education, and employment for veterans, their dependents, and their survivors.
Long ago NEPVA recognized that persons with disabilities must be involved in and support the development of ordinances and state and federal legislation which effects our vital interests. We have worked hard to have laws passed for such things as accessibility in aspects of normal daily activities, issuance of handicapped plates and placards, sufficient disabled parking at various facilities, curb cuts, accessible transportation services and accessible polling (voting) facilities. We continue to support legislation at various levels, which will benefit those with disabilities.
New England is a large area. Through our members, friends and family assisting, we can make a difference in your community. If there are questions or concerns regarding legislative issues in your area contact the NEPVA office.