SOURCE: Paralyzed Veterans of America

May 22, 2008 09:00 ET

'The King' Richard Petty Urges Americans to Give Back to Veterans

Paralyzed Veterans to Roll Out PSA Campaign in May

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - May 22, 2008) - "The King" Richard Petty, legendary NASCAR driver, helps roll out a new Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) public service announcement to deliver a message of gratitude for the service and sacrifices made by the nation's men and women who have returned from duty around the world.

PSAs featuring Petty and Operation Iraqi war veteran Jason Nielson, sergeant U.S. Army (Ret.) will air nationally throughout May.

In the PSA, Nielson states, "Richard Petty ... thanks for helping to get the word out about Paralyzed Veterans. I have to tell you, 'you're my hero.'" Petty responds, "No, Jason, you're the real hero. We owe you and all the brave men and women who have given so much. America, I want you to join me in supporting our Paralyzed Veterans now."

During his career, "The King" amassed 200 wins and seven championships in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition. Petty's phenomenal success in racing has spurred his desire to give something back to his country. He has said that America's servicemen and -women need our support when they are deployed overseas, but they deserve it even more when they return to their lives back home, particularly when they incur a disabling injury such as paralysis.

During the past year, Petty has volunteered his time to promote the mission of Paralyzed Veterans through public appearances, racing events and other efforts. These are part of a sustained campaign to raise the awareness of the veterans service organization with audiences nationwide through recreational and sports programs, community service by veterans and other activities. To learn more, visit

Note to editors: Founded in 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of individuals with spinal cord injury or disease. For 61 years, Paralyzed Veterans and our 34 local chapters have been working to create an America where all veterans, people with disabilities, and their families have everything they need to thrive. We represent more than 19,000 veterans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Please go to for more about the work we do.

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