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Carl Blake, Associate Executive Director for Government Relations, Paralyzed Veterans of America

William Carl Blake

Associate Executive Director for Government Relations

Paralyzed Veterans of America

801 18th Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20006

(202) 416-7708

Carl Blake is the Associate Executive Director for Government Relations for Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) at PVA’s National Office in Washington, D.C.  He is responsible for the planning, coordination, and implementation of PVA’s National Legislative and Advocacy Program agendas with the United States Congress and federal departments and agencies.  He develops and executes PVA’s Washington agenda in areas of budget, appropriations, health care, and veterans’ benefits issues, as well as disability civil rights.  He also represents PVA to federal agencies including the Department of Defense, Department of Labor, Small Business Administration, the Department of Transportation, Department of Justice, and the Office of Personnel Management.  He coordinates all activities with PVA’s Association of Chapter Government Relations Directors as well with PVA’s Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and senior leadership.

Carl was raised in Woodford, Virginia.  He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Military Academy in May 1998. 

Upon graduation from the Military Academy, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry in the United States Army.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (1st Brigade) of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He graduated from Infantry Officer Basic Course, U.S. Army Ranger School, U.S. Army Airborne School, and Air Assault School.  His awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and German Parachutist Badge.  Carl retired from the military in October 2000 due to injuries suffered during a parachute training exercise.

Carl is a member of the Virginia-Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Carl lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with his wife Venus, son Jonathan and daughter Brooke


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