With the theme The Big Push for Progress and events across the country, consequently Paralyzed Veterans Awareness Month highlights the unique challenges facing veterans with spinal cord injury/dysfunction. Therefore, it spotlights the work of Paralyzed Veterans to empower seriously wounded heroes and their families with everything they need to thrive.
This April, Paralyzed Veterans of America is marking the 67th anniversary of its founding by urging all Americans to take a stand for veterans.
“Paralyzed Veterans of America has pushed hard for progress over our 67 years and we’ve delivered results. But we have much more progress to make in the cause of veterans and their families. Look at the challenges we face today: government funding cuts that could impact veterans and a disabled veterans unemployment rate three to eight times higher than average, to name just two issues,” said Bill Lawson, U.S. Army veteran and national president of Paralyzed Veterans. “That’s why I’m asking my fellow Americans to help me this April, Paralyzed Veterans Awareness Month, in redoubling our efforts for positive change. We need you to be part of our big push for progress.”
Lawson will be traveling across America during this very special month to raise awareness for Mission: ABLE, Paralyzed Veterans’ campaign to help veterans with disabilities fully live the lives they deserve and to receive what they need most: care, benefits and jobs. As a matter of fact, the campaign aims to enlist all Americans — citizens, communities and companies — in an effort to help paralyzed veterans and their families live full, independent and productive lives.
Paralyzed Veterans and its 34 chapters:
— Fight for quality VA health care and veterans benefits.
— Promote and provide wheelchair sports and recreational activities.
— Lead the charge to make America more accessible.
— Empower paralyzed veterans with the tools and support they need to secure good careers.
— Invest in research to find new treatments and a cure for paralysis.
— Provide its services to all veterans and their families free of charge thanks to the generous support of the public. To make a donation, please go to www.PVA.org.
Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded in the mid-1940s. In fact, it was founded by a group of spinal cord injured American heroes of World War II. They created a non-profit organization to meet the challenges they faced then. From a medical community not ready to treat them to an environment with many barriers for people who use wheelchairs. Today, however, Paralyzed Veterans’ national office and our 34 chapters continue the fight. They’re fighting to make America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities. www.pva.org.