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Bill Lawson is a U.S. Army veteran from Woodward, Oklahoma. He is National President of Paralyzed Veterans of America. Bill is a staunch advocate for veterans and people with disabilities.

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Congress Must Step Up for Veterans

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 5:38 PM

Watch TV these days, look around online, or go to a live sporting event, and it's nearly impossible to miss the growing appreciation of the sacrifices made by America's veterans. Ads routinely depict jubilant family and community homecomings of returning service members.

I watch this cultural shift as a...

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Complex Veterans Benefits Cases Require Common Sense Approach

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 12:13 PM

Veterans with complex medical conditions, whose lives don't fit neatly into pre-determined templates, are often needlessly denied life-critical benefits because the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) relies far too heavily on disability checklists and rules-based calculators.

Complex medical cases demand human reasoning and judgment to achieve true...

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Keeping Our Promise to Veterans

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 12:30 PM

Who's going to tell a disabled veteran or his loved ones that it would be inconvenient to die and be buried at a national cemetery after January 15, if Congress lets the government shut down again or fails to fully fund that which our veterans have so dearly earned?

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Walmart Veterans Job Initiative Sets a Great Example for All Employers

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 7:39 AM

Having the world's biggest retailer take on one of the biggest challenges facing veterans and their families -- unemployment -- will undoubtedly help end this national crisis. Hiring 100,000 over five years: It's a big bold initiative from an iconic American brand.

Part of this effort, and every veterans jobs...

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Coming Together to Tackle Unemployment Among Veterans

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2012 | 3:06 PM

Now that Campaign 2012 is quickly becoming a distant memory -- and as the effort to build bridges after a hotly-contested race intensifies in Washington and across our great nation -- here's something that we can all agree is an important problem that we can all help solve: unemployment for...

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The Paralympian Power of Adaptive Sports

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 3:58 PM

As we get ready for wall-to-wall coverage of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London, I can't help but think of the words of sporting legend Wilma Rudolph when she said, "Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in...

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Fear Itself an Unnecessary Barrier to Hiring Vets With Disabilities

(10) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 4:58 PM

FDR famously rallied America in very tough times by stating that the "only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Eighty years later, fear itself is getting in the way of some employers hiring veterans with disabilities; fears that are perhaps understandable but upon closer examination are unfounded.

As...

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"At the Going Down of the Sun and in the Morning, We Will Remember Them"

(66) Comments | Posted May 29, 2011 | 8:25 PM

As we mark Memorial Day throughout the nation and at the battlefields across the world, the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice will be in our thoughts. Perhaps we will be remembering a son or daughter, a husband or wife, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, and other...

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Why Businesses Should Hire More Veterans With Disabilities

(17) Comments | Posted April 12, 2011 | 9:20 AM

Most people would agree that America's Veterans with disabilities -- those who have served and sacrificed for our freedoms -- clearly deserve a fair shot at what is at the heart of the American dream, a good job with a good company.

Yet the unemployment statistic for Veterans with severe...

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A Veterans Day Answer to a Frequently Asked Question

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 11:23 PM

"How can I support our veterans?"

This is the question I get asked more often, by more people, from every walk of life and every part of our country. It's a great question asked by a grateful nation and speaks volumes about the generosity of a people who don't take...

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