SOURCE: Paralyzed Veterans of America

Paralyzed Veterans of America

June 16, 2016 08:00 ET

Media Advisory: Disabled Veterans to Play Golf Alongside Pro Athletes, Business Leaders and Military Officials to Raise Money for Veterans Employment Program

Proceeds Will Support Paralyzed Veterans of America's 'Operation PAVE'

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - June 16, 2016) - Media are invited to attend and cover the 9th annual Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open (PVGO).

At this unique event, paralyzed veterans and disabled military will play golf alongside professional athletes, military and government officials, corporate sponsors and other supporters of Operation PAVE's mission to help veterans overcome employment challenges.

Highlights of this year's Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open include:

1) An adaptable Golf Clinic for veterans with disabilities, led by PGA Golf Pro Anthony Netto of Stand Up and Play Foundation, who specializes in training injured players

2) A showcase of adaptive golf cart technology that lifts players to a standing position, allowing them to play even if they are paralyzed.

Veterans and employers that have benefited from Operation PAVE will be available for interviews throughout the day.

Paralyzed and injured military service members and veterans participating in the clinic and tournament
Al Kovach, Jr., U.S. Navy veteran, National President of Paralyzed Veterans of America
Major General Daniel G. Mongeon, U.S. Army veteran, President & CEO, Agility Defense & Government Services, Inc.
Rich Brooks, U.S. Army veteran, Chairman, Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open and President, Agility Defense & Government Services, Inc.

Professional Athletes
Anthony Netto, Stand Up and Play Foundation
Doug Williams, former Redskins Quarterback, Super Bowl XXII Champion and MVP
PGA Professionals

Distinguished Military Guests
Admiral John C. Harvey, Jr. USN (Ret.), Virginia's Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs
Colonel Harvey C. "Barney" Barnum, Jr. USMC (Ret.) Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

Agility will host the PVGO, which raises funds for Paralyzed Veterans of America's Operation PAVE program (Paving Access for Veterans Employment). The program provides free, one-on-one career assistance, benefits counseling and support to any veteran or family member, as well as assistance to employers committed to hiring veterans. PAVE's masters-level certified vocational counselors placed one veteran, caregiver, or family member per day last year. The PVGO has raised over $2.6 million for Operation PAVE, since the event began in 2007.

Monday, June 20, 2016
8:00 a.m. Golf clinic, and adaptive cart technology showcase
9:30 a.m. Welcome Ceremony
9:45 a.m. Shotgun Start
4:00 p.m. Cocktails, Silent/Live Auction, Awards Dinner

Note: program participants and spokespeople will be made available to the media all day.

The Golf Club at Lansdowne
44050 Woodridge Parkway
Lansdowne, VA 20176

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, Paralyzed Veterans has 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. (

In 2013, Paralyzed Veterans' Operation PAVE program was awarded the Don Weber Wounded Warrior Employment Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hiring our Heroes program.

Contact Information

  • Media contact:
    Lani Poblete for PVA

    Amanda Allison for Agility