Monday, April 13, 2015

April is Paralyzed Veterans Awareness Month

Paralyzed Veterans of America issued the following at the start of this month:

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  April 1, 2015
Media contact:                
Lani Poblete 202-416-7667     


Paralyzed Veterans of America Continues its Push to Ensure Healthcare, Benefits and Jobs for All Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC—April marks Paralyzed Veterans of America Awareness Month and the 69th anniversary of the founding of the veterans service organization. Throughout the month of April, Paralyzed Veterans of America and its 34 chapters across the country will be highlighting the challenges veterans with spinal cord injury/dysfunction face and educating the public about the programs, services and support Paralyzed Veterans provides to these injured veterans and their families.

“This April, during Paralyzed Veterans Awareness Month, we’re encouraging the public to learn about the unique challenges paralyzed veterans face and to give back and support these veterans,” said Al Kovach, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “Consider volunteering with one of our Chapters, visiting veterans at your local VA hospital, or hiring a veteran if you’re a business owner. Paralyzed Veterans of America provides all of its programs and services free of charge to veterans—this includes benefits and employment assistance, as well as rehabilitative adaptive sports and recreations programs. We encourage everyone to learn more about how we assist veterans and get involved.”
Paralyzed Veterans chapters across the country will be holding local awareness events throughout the month of April, and the national headquarters in Washington, D.C. will have an information table open on the first three Wednesdays of the month. To locate a Paralyzed Veterans Awareness Month event in your city, please visit

Paralyzed Veterans is also encouraging the public to get involved on social media by posting how they support paralyzed veterans on Facebook or Twitter and using the hashtag #IStandWithPVA.
Paralyzed Veterans of America and its 34 chapters:
  • Advocate for quality VA health care and veterans benefits.
  • Work to make America more accessible for all people with disabilities.
  • Empower veterans with the tools and support they need to secure good careers.
  • Invest in research to find new treatments and a cure for paralysis.
  • Promote and provide rehabilitative wheelchair sports and recreational activities.
  • Deliver its services to all veterans and their families free of charge, thanks to the generous support and donations of the American people.
About Paralyzed Veterans of America:

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.

As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (

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