At the seventh annual Veterans Affairs (VA) Psychology Leadership Conference, held April 22-23 in Washington, D.C., top APA and VA officials and VA psychologists gathered to discuss how to make the needs of veterans high on policy-makers' priority lists.

As this year's conference theme--"VA psychology goes to Washington: working together to keep veterans first"--reflected, the location of the conference provided attendees a unique opportunity to interact with policy-makers. Indeed, principal staffers from the Republican and Democratic camps of both the House and Senate Committees on Veterans' Affairs came together to give conference-goers a Capitol Hill perspective on psychology advocacy.

And along those lines, Russ Newman, PhD, JD, APA's executive director for professional practice, discussed the importance of continued advocacy for veterans and the psychologists who serve them.

Co-sponsored bythe Association of VA Psychologist Leaders- a nonprofit organization of VA psychologists--and APA's Practice Directorate, the annual meeting helps VA psychologists develop strategies to promote quality psychological services for the nation's veterans.