Issue Background

Opportunities for Veterans

According to a recent report, the vacancy rate for PAs in the VA system is 23%.

Veterans were the first members of the PA profession during the 1960s, and the shortage of PAs at VA facilities provides a unique opportunity to both empower those who have served in the armed forces while improving the quality of care provided to veterans.

The Grow Our Own Directive (GOOD): The Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act, proposed the creation of a pilot program to provide educational assistance to former members of the armed forces who wish to train as PAs and serve at VA facilities.

Thanks to the grassroots advocacy of PAEA members, the pilot program proposed in HR 3262 was signed into law as a component of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.

PAEA supports the GOOD Act pilot program, which would provide educational assistance to veterans seeking to become PAs and serve at VA facilities.