1984 - Founding of the Veteran Affairs Physician Assistant Association
1989 - VAPAA was chartered as a constituent chapter of the AAPA.
1993 - First chairperson of the VA PA Field Advisory Group was chosen to work with the Undersecretary of the VHA. This position was involved in writing and passage of the Qualification Standards, including the ability to advance to Grade 13
1994 - First (Independent) VAPAA CME Conference in October 1994 in Minneapolis, MN.
1995 - VAPAA met with Undersecretary for VHA, urging the signing of VA Directives that would restructure the overall utilization of PAs within the VA and prescriptive privileges,
1997 - VAPAA worked with the DEA to allow controlled substance prescribing despite state legislation under federal supremacy as examined by Central Office.
2011 - VA PA Field Advisor position to the Undersecretary of the VHA was elevated to full time representation in VACO as the Director of Physician Assistant Services in VHA,
2011 – 2014 - VAPAA exhibited significant leadership capability resulting in increasing the national influence and awareness of our Association with Congress, the VA PAs, and AAPA.
2014 – 2019 - AAPA Legislative Committee along with AAPA under way with VACO and Congressional on issues of Pay Disparity, Recruitment and Retention.
This list is a historical testimony to the VAPAA board members. We would like to thank the many Officers, Board members and Committee Chairs who also held office in VAPAA and dedicated their lives for a short time to these and many other VA PA related endeavors. Without their time, effort dedication to fighting for more VA PA rights and benefits (and personal expense) none of this would exist.
For a more detailed look at VAPAA history click here.