Psychologists visit the hill to advocate for VA funding

Psychologists identified the most pressing needs of psychologists with the Department of Veterans Affairs that affect the care of veterans — including clinical care and research conducted within the VA system
Officers of the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders (AVAPL) provided a strong case for psychologists’ roles in supporting the nation’s veterans during their March visit to APA and Capitol Hill. Working with GRO staff from the Science, Public Interest, and Practice Directorates, AVAPL psychologists identified the most pressing needs of psychologists with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that affect the care of veterans — including issues related to both clinical care and research conducted within the VA system. AVAPL and GRO psychologists then spent a day meeting with key staff on VA funding and programmatic committees in both the House and Senate, to explain the range of what VA psychologists do and to advocate for support in the Fiscal Year 2012 VA bills coming before Congress in the next several months.