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The Paralyzed Veterans of America Provides Important Services to Those Injured in the Military

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In 1946, a group of military veterans came home after World War II. These veterans had suffered spinal cord injuries, and there were very few resources to help them live full lives. The Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded to help veterans with injuries resulting from their service. Each year, veterans suffer spinal cord injuries, causing a loss of motor skills and functions. In addition to these veterans, over five million others have paralysis. Living with these injuries causes many challenges for veterans. The PVA helps injured veterans through their services, research, and advocacy. Even if a veteran is suffering from injuries, the PVA believes they should not be denied their freedom. The organization makes sure that veterans have access to things such as good health care and education.

 

The veterans who founded the PVA all those years ago wanted to ensure that paralyzed and disabled veterans could live their lives with independence. In fact, they’ve been one of the most vital allies for injured veterans for 75 years! Naturally, the PVA has an extensive history from being around so long. In 1946, they printed their first issue of PN(or Paraplegia News) Magazine. In 1951, the PVA helped to give paralyzed veterans easier access to automobiles by changing the VA's automobile grant program. The Architectural Barriers Act was passed in 1968, giving veterans access to federal buildings. The PVA founded their Research Foundation in 1975. In 1986, the PVA helped to get the Air Carrier Access Act passed, forbids prejudice against disabled passengers. The PVA also advocated for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990, which bars discrimination against the disabled.  

 

The PVA has a wide variety of services and programs available to the veterans they serve. One service the PVA offers is assistance with applying for veterans benefits. If a veteran and their families need assistance in filing benefits claims, the PVA can help. A PVA National Service Officer will be available right away to help a veteran file for whatever benefits they may need. If you want to learn more about assistance for benefit applications, click here: https://pva.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/pva-veterans-benefits-brochure-2014-1.pdf

 

The PVA also offers a Veterans Career Program. This program includes career counseling and assistance for veterans, military families, and caregivers. The Veterans Career Program is available in eight locations: Atlanta, Long Beach, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Richmond, San Antonio, San Diego, and Washington, D.C. The PVA works individually with their customers to help them secure the job of their dreams. The support provided to each veteran is tailored to their needs, from creating a resume or interview skills. The program also has ties with companies and employers. The PVA works together with external businesses to employ the veterans they work with.

 

Part of the PVA’s work is advocacy. They work to create laws that help veterans and their families with issues like health care. The PVA’S Legislation Program creates and advocates for important policy changes with the help of federal, state, and local policymakers. The PVA also utilizes the PVAction Force to advocate for change. The PVAction Force is an advocacy network run by the PVA that tackles issues affecting veterans head-on. To join the PVAction Force, click here: https://www.votervoice.net/PVA/home 

 

If you want to support the PVA work, you can learn how by clicking here: https://pva.org/ways-to-give/

 

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