Veterans and Survivors Receive Over $1 Billion in Benefits Through Paralyzed Veterans of America's Service Program in FY13

Peter Herrick and Ramond Bruce, Paralyzed Veterans of America National Service OfficerParalyzed Veterans of America has secured over $1 billion in new and current benefits claims for veterans and their survivors during fiscal year 2013. The $1 billion consists of compensation, pension and survivor payments paid to Paralyzed Veterans’ clients.

“What's remarkable about this achievement is not simply the $1 billion milestone. What's amazing is we hit this target with far fewer field staff working on very complex claims, and doing so with a high level of accuracy,” said Sherman Gillums, associate executive director of Veterans Benefits at Paralyzed Veterans of America. “Because Paralyzed Veterans specializes in assisting and developing claims for the most severely disabled veterans, our work requires a very high level of detail, competence in interpreting medical evidence and more extensive knowledge of complex regulations than needed for typical claims.”

Paralyzed Veterans of America provides free, comprehensive benefits assistance and advocacy to all veterans and their families through its National Service Officers who are located across the country. Services range from bedside visits, to guidance in the VA claims process, to legal representation for appealing denied claims.

“While the money is an obvious quantitative measure to be celebrated, it's really the impact measure—how it has changed lives—that matters most. In addition to improving quality of life for our nation's heroes, the immeasurable net effect is reduced uncertainty in the lives of veterans who have suffered catastrophic injury and those who care for them. This, beyond the money, is the best evidence of Paralyzed Veterans of America’s value to society,” added Gillums.

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