Paralyzed Veterans of America Kicks Off 68th Annual Convention in Orlando

Veterans Affairs Chief of Staff Jose D. Riojas Gives Keynote Address

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Chief of Staff, Jose D. Riojas
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Chief of Staff, Jose D. Riojas
Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) kicked off its Annual Convention February 12, 2014, in Orlando, Fla., marking 68 years since the organization was founded. The Central Florida Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans is the host for this year’s convention.

“As we look to the future, we must redouble the fight for quality health care, ample earned benefits and fair employment opportunities for our nation’s veterans with disabilities,” said Bill Lawson, national president of Paralyzed Veterans, who is chairing this week’s convention. “Paralyzed Veterans has been around for 68 years and we will continue to be here for every generation of veterans as long as there is a need.”

Special guest, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Chief of Staff, Jose D. Riojas, gave the morning’s keynote address to the delegation of paralyzed veterans. He spoke about VA’s top three priorities: expanding access to care, ending the backlog and ending homelessness in 2015.

This year’s Speedy Awards were presented to Randy Pleva in the Member category and Bill Siebert in the Non-Member category. Pleva is a former Paralyzed Veterans’ National President and current President of the West Virginia Chapter. Siebert is the President of the Ralph Braun Family Foundation. Both were honored with the “Speedy” Award—the highest honor bestowed by Paralyzed Veterans of America—for their contributions and service to veterans with disabilities.

Paralyzed Veterans’ 68th Annual Convention will conclude on Friday with the election of officers for the 2014–2015 term.

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