Veteran's Affairs Physician Assistant Association

Greeting Fellow PAs, 

I am requesting assistance and encouraging everyone to support Senate Bill. S. 426 "Grow Our Own Directive" PA Employment and Education Act of 2017.  The "GOOD Bill."

The purpose of the bill is to 

--provide scholarships for veterans (corpsmen and medics) to become PA

--increase educational assistance provided by the Dept of Veterans Affairs for education and training of PAs, to establish pay grades, and to require competitive pay for PAs, including PAs in the locality pay. 

--partner with institutions of higher education

--establish Deputy Director of Retention and Recruitment for PAs in the VA

--provide education debt reduction (EDRP)

Please go the link and find your senator's email from the state you are a constituent of:

I have attached a sample letter below for you, please edit as appropriate, for example including veteran status...

You can also view this on the AAPA website


Thank you for your support, please contact us if you have any questions or comments 

Rubina DaSilva, MBA, PA-C, DFAAPA

VAPAA President

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Veterans Affairs Physician Assistant Association is the only Constituent Chapter of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) devoted entirely to the interests of Physician Assistants in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Become a member and together, let us show Congress that we care about our profession.

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The Veterans Affairs Physician Assistant Association, is a nonprofit corporation, organized under the Texas Nonprofit Corporation Act. We are a health advocate group dedicated in promoting the interests of physician assistants employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. With more than 30 years of experience in the field, we accomplish our goals by establishing and developing collaborative relationships with related organizations, working with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and promoting favorable legislative action.

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Senator Jon Tester reintroduced the bill (S.426) “Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act, on Feb 16, 2017.  CLICK HERE for more information.


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