Veterans Affairs Physician Assistant Association

Mission and Goals

The name of this organization is the Veterans Affairs Physician Assistant Association, herein known as VAPAA. 

The mission of the VAPAA:

  • To operate as a non-profit organization that supports its members working in the Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that PAs within the VA can continue to provide high quality care to our nation's Veterans. 
  • To share the goals and policies of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), of which VAPAA is and shall remain a constituent chapter.
  • To continue to serve as the only  constituent organization of the AAPA that exclusively supports and represents the interests of PAs working in the VA system nationwide at the AAPA House of Delegates. 
  • To accomplish our goals by developing collaborative relationships with organizations that share common goals.  

The goals of VAPAA are:

  1. To represent VA PAs within the American Academy of Physician Assistants and other professional organizations.
  2. To create and maintain an atmosphere for the exchange of professional ideas among the PAs within VHA.
  3. To increase the professional recognition of PAs within VHA.
  4. To promote appropriate utilization of PAs within VHA.
  5. To encourage the establishment of physician assistant representation in the VHA organizational structure on local, VISN and national levels.
  6. To encourage the VHA to increase academic support, tuition assistance for VA PA educational needs.

We do not represent PAs with individual local employment matters. We can provide guidance and support but local employment matters such as step increases, pay, credentialing, duty hours, discipline need to be addressed by local facility, credentialing, AFGE, or Lead PA.


Join VAPAA and be a part of accomplishing our mission.

PO Box 355
Newport, RI 02840

VAPAA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. 

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