When deciding which veterans service organization to support, a potential donor should ask: What is the impact of the organization?
Here are 10 ways Paralyzed Veterans of America impacts veterans, their families, and caregivers through sustained and holistic support programs and services made possible only through the generous donations we receive from you, which translate into 10 good reasons to support Paralyzed Veterans of America:
Paralyzed Veterans of America:
- Delivers VA Benefits: Paralyzed Veterans of America provides VA benefits assistance services to any veteran, dependent, or caregiver who seeks our help. We handle the most complex claims and appeals in the system and provide these services free of charge, thanks to the generous support and donations of patriotic Americans.
- Champions healthcare for veterans: Paralyzed Veterans of America fights for high quality healthcare for recovering and severely disabled veterans who rely on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system, particularly for veterans with spinal cord injury (SCI), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and other life-changing spinal cord impairments.
- Fights for the civil rights of all people with disabilities: Paralyzed Veterans of America advocates for laws and policies that preserve the civil rights of veterans, and all persons with disabilities, in regard to housing, employment, voting rights, air travel, and more such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Drives momentum to make America more accessible: Paralyzed Veterans of America proactively pursues the removal of barriers to access, from large public projects to individual residences, and coordinates with VA design and construction teams to ensure VA medical centers and their services are fully accessible to veterans regardless of level of injury or medical need.
- Empowers veterans and caregivers: Paralyzed Veterans of America provides veterans and caregivers with the tools they need to seek and obtain quality, fulfilling careers in a competitive labor environment. Our Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment) program provides customized career counseling and job placement assistance to any veteran, caregiver, or family member at no cost to them.
- Cares for military caregivers: Military caregivers are “America’s Hidden Heroes” and are critical to sustaining the livelihoods of our nation’s most disabled veterans. That’s why Paralyzed Veterans of America provides support and resources for all caregivers, regardless of when the veteran served, and advocate for policies and programs that improve their health, quality of life and employment prospects.
- Provides free membership to veterans: Paralyzed Veterans’ membership is a passport to priority access to benefits, services, help and support for service-connected and non-service connected veterans who have been honorably discharged from the U.S. military and live with spinal cord injury or dysfunction.
- Invests in innovative research: Paralyzed Veterans of America invests in research for new treatments, cures, and technologies to promote independence and provide a sustained good quality of life for persons living with paralysis and spinal cord diseases such as ALS and MS.
- Promotes healthier lifestyles for persons with disabilities: By encouraging participation in year-round adaptive sports and recreational activities─including handcycling, fishing, shooting sports and lacrosse─Paralyzed Veterans of America supports healthier lifestyles for persons with disabilities. Each year, Paralyzed Veterans co-presents with the Department of Veterans Affairs the world’s largest annual wheelchair sports event, the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, which attracts more than 600 veteran participants every year.
- Educates about disability and spinal cord injury and disease: Paralyzed Veterans of America offers an extensive array of publications that educate the general public as well as the academic, medical, and scientific communities. This extensive library of self-help, educational, and clinical resources is available online and in print to provide validated facts and information for people with disabilities and the medical community.
Please donate today to support the crucial, life changing work of Paralyzed Veterans of America.