Paralyzed Veterans of America Honors Individuals and Organizations for their Contributions to Veterans with Disabilities at 2013 Gala

Ben Affleck, Microsoft, Pennzoil, Al Mann, CVS Caremark and The SPIRE Institute Among those Honored 

Award-winning actor Ben Affleck accepts his Humanitarian Award via video. View photos from the 2013 Gala at this link.

At its 2013 Americana Gala in Washington, D.C. on October 2, 2013, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) welcomed more than 380 esteemed guests, including Washington dignitaries, distinguished service members and veterans, and friends and supporters of Paralyzed Veterans. Jennifer Griffin, Fox News Channel’s National Security Correspondent kicked off the evening, serving as Master of Ceremonies for the second year in a row.

The 2013 Gala celebrates Paralyzed Veterans of America’s 67 years of work on behalf of veterans with disabilities and their families. "Mission: ABLE" awards were presented to those individuals and organizations who support the organization’s work, for their contributions and service to disabled veterans. The 2013 Paralyzed Veterans’ Americana Gala honorees were:

  • Microsoft – Honored with the Access-ABLE Award for creating accessible technologies to maximize the independence of veterans with disabilities.
    • Award accepted by Daniel Hubbell, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Accessibility Group
  • Al Mann of the Alfred Mann Foundation – Honored with the Unstop-ABLE Award, for innovative leadership to improve the quality of life for veterans with disabilities.
    • Award accepted by Al Mann, Founder, Alfred Mann Foundation
  • Pennzoil – Honored with the Achieve-ABLE Award for leadership and financial support of Paralyzed Veterans’ Mission: ABLE campaign to ensure disabled veterans have access to care, benefits and jobs.
    • Award accepted by Russell Barron, Vice President, North American Marketing, Shell Lubricants
  • CVS Caremark – Honored with the Employ-ABLE Award for leadership to end rampant unemployment in the disabled veteran community through Paralyzed Veterans’ employment program Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment).
    • Award accepted by Charnetia Young, Manager Workforce Initiatives, CVS Caremark
  • The SPIRE Institute – Honored with the 2013 Barrier-Free America Award, for accessible architecture design demonstrating the importance of equal access for disabled veterans and all people with disabilities.
    • Award accepted by Ron and Tracy Clutter, Founders, SPIRE Institute; and Chris Smith, Architect, ThenDesign Architecture
  • Ben Affleck*, Veterans Advocate, Two-time Academy Award Winner, Actor, Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter – Honored with Paralyzed Veterans’ Humanitarian Award for his outstanding contribution to help our disabled heroes fully live the lives their valor merits and receive what they need most: care, benefits and jobs. (*Mr. Affleck was unable to attend but accepted the award via video recording.)

Senior military leaders in attendance at the Gala included Lt. General (Dr.) Douglas J. Robb, Director, Defense Health Agency, who gave the evening’s keynote address; Vice Admiral Manson K. Brown, U.S. Coast Guard, Deputy Commandant for Mission Support; Command Sergeant Major Brunk W. Conley, Army National Guard, 10 th Command  Sergeant Major; Master Chief Mark H. Allen, U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve Force Master Chief; and BG Michael E.Bobeck, Special Assistant to the Director, Army National Guard.

The many sponsors of the 2013 Paralyzed Veterans Americana Gala including UPS, Leidos and Deloitte helped make the evening possible and were recognized throughout the night, as were Gala Steering Committee Co-Chairs, Cheryl Campbell, Senior Vice President, CGI, and John Peterson, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton.

The Americana Gala is an inspirational fundraising event which highlights and celebrates Paralyzed Veterans continued work on behalf of veterans with disabilities. Through its Mission: ABLE campaign, Paralyzed Veterans works to enlist all Americans – companies, communities and citizens, to help our paralyzed heroes get what they need most in order to fully live their lives: quality health care, earned benefits and fulfilling jobs. To learn more about Paralyzed Veterans of America and its programs for veterans please visit .

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