Kristen McCone Gordon
Government Relations Director

As the Chapter’s Government Relations Director, I collaborate with both the Board of Directors and Executive Director to establish and execute a legislative and advocacy agenda for New England PVA. In order to best represent the needs and concerns of our members, I focus on building strong relationships with our congressional delegation and their district staff, as well as with state legislators and disability advocates throughout New England. I’m proud of what we have accomplished together and energized for the work that lies ahead. Learn more about Kristen.


PVA Veterans Policy Podcast Series

In an effort to find new ways to disseminate updates on PVA’s policy priorities, we have decided to begin recording short, podcast type communications providing this information for chapters and members.

Episode 1
Our first recording features Morgan Brown, National Legislative Director, and Heather Ansley, Esq., MSW Associate Executive Director of Government Relations looking back at PVA’s legislative successes on veterans policy in 2020 and provides an overview of our VA-focused issues in 2021. To listen to Podcast click HERE.

Episode 2
Our second recording features Susan Prokop, National Advocacy Director, providing an overview of 2020 in disability policy and an overview of our 2021 priorities. The audio recording may be shared with PVA members and others interested in learning more about our efforts. To listen to Podcast click HERE.


Immediate Action Needed:
AUTO for Veterans Act (H.R. 1361/S. 444)

I’m excited to announce another opportunity for you to directly help move one of our key pieces of legislation, the AUTO for Veterans Act (H.R. 1361/S. 444). Please take a few minutes and fill out the VoterVoice link below. As you may recall, VoterVoice is a new program from PVA that allows us to harness the grassroots power of our members in a quick, easy, and effective way. The VoterVoice system enables members to take action by sending a pre-written email to your members of Congress. All you need to do is fill in your address and hit send.

As you may have already read in previous editions of the CordWord, our Chapter has been advocating for the AUTO for Veterans Act (H.R. 1361/S. 444). This legislation would lessen the financial burden and expand access to transportation for eligible, disabled veterans by allowing them to receive an additional Automobile Grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), every ten years.

As we head into the final weeks of this Congress, we would like to increase the number of co-sponsors on this legislation. I’ve been speaking with Congressional district staff about this issue all year but nothing is more powerful than hearing from a constituent. Together, let’s get the New England Delegation onboard!

All of the information you need to respond and take action is available here: https://www.votervoice.net/PVA/campaigns/78011/respond.

If you have any questions or other legislative issues to bring to my attention, please feel free to contact me directly anytime at kristen@newenglandpva.org or 800-660-1181 #3.