Posted on August 1, 2016 by Chapter Staff
Originally Published in HAPTA’s e-Newsletter, What’s HAPTAnin’ – August 2016
HAPTA Legislative Committee member Abi Leddy joined the United Spinal Association during their annual Roll on Capitol Hill (ROCH) in Washington, DC last month so she could advocate for priority legislation and to help present their VetsFirst program Congressional Bronze Star Award to Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hironi.
During the ROCH, Dr. Leddy joined more than 150 advocates, primarily wheelchair users, to discuss issues that have a large impact on individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI) with members of Congress. Issues included access to complex rehab technology, the Disability Integration Act, Medicare competitive bidding and reforms, SCI research, urology equipment and accessible transportation.
Elected to Congress in 2013, Sen. Hirono said she’s focused on “making sure the transition from active duty to veteran status is as smooth as possible.” She serves on the Senate Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.
Recipients of the VetsFirst Congressional Bronze Star Award are selected based on their distinguished efforts to support programs and legislation that strengthen the ability of veterans with disabilities to reintegrate into their communities after becoming wounded, injured, or ill as a result of their service to our nation.