SOURCE: Paralyzed Veterans of America

Paralyzed Veterans of America

April 04, 2016 18:04 ET

April Is Paralyzed Veterans Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - April 04, 2016) - April marks Paralyzed Veterans of America Month. Throughout the month of April, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and its 34 chapters across the country will be highlighting the unique challenges veterans with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D) face, and how people can get involved and help. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 44,000 veterans live with spinal cord injury or disease. Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only veterans organization dedicated to serving veterans with SCI/D.

"This April, during Paralyzed Veterans Awareness Month, we're encouraging the public to really get involved and learn about the unique challenges paralyzed veterans face and how they can help and give back to support these veterans," said Al Kovach, Jr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. "We will also be celebrating the accomplishments of some of our veteran members living with spinal cord injury and all that they have achieved despite their disability. Our members are active and playing sports, some aspiring to compete at the Paralympic level; they are going back to work in fulfilling jobs and careers; some are starting their own successful businesses, or going back to school to earn their degree; and many are continuing to give back and serve other fellow paralyzed veterans to let them know that life is not over after injury."

Paralyzed Veterans is encouraging the public to get involved and support our nation's paralyzed veterans by doing one of the following:

  • Hire a Veteran: if you run a business, consider hiring a veteran. Paralyzed Veterans' Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment) program works directly with employers to find qualified employees.
  • Share your story: Paralyzed Veterans is currently looking for individuals to share their travel experiences as a passenger with a disability on its new website These stories will help Paralyzed Veterans continue the fight to ensure that people with disabilities receive consistent and nondiscriminatory treatment during air travel.
  • Get involved: Volunteer your time to help veterans. Contact your nearest Paralyzed Veterans Chapter to learn about volunteer opportunities at
  • Donate now: Donate to Paralyzed Veterans now and help support our programs and services that are provided free of charge to veterans. Programs like adaptive and rehabilitative sports and recreation, benefits and employment counseling, and research and advocacy to ensure our nation's paralyzed veterans have a voice.

Paralyzed Veterans chapters across the country will also be holding local awareness events throughout the month of April. To locate a chapter near you, visit

To learn more about PVA Awareness Month, please visit

About Paralyzed Veterans of America:

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization 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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