Former Paralyzed Veterans National President Randy Pleva Sr. Awarded Organization’s Highest Honor

‘Speedy Award’ Presented to Pleva at 2014 Annual Convention

Paralyzed veterans Bill Lawson and Randy Pleva
Paralyzed Veterans of America National President Bill Lawson (left) with former National President & 2014 Speedy Award winner Randy Pleva Sr.
Former Paralyzed Veterans’ National President Randy L. Pleva Sr. was awarded this year’s Speedy Award in the member category, for his contributions and service to veterans with disabilities. The award was presented to Pleva at Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) 68th Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Upon receiving the award, Pleva stated: “What do you possibly do for the organization that gave you your life back?”

Pleva served two years as national senior vice president and three years as national vice president before being elected as national president. He is the only person to be elected to that office for five terms.

Pleva has been a member of the Kentucky-Indiana chapter since 1989. He helped form the West Virginia chapter and was elected as its first chapter president and national director, positions Pleva held for eight years. Pleva also served on numerous state and federal committees as a member of the board of directors or chairman. In 1988, West Virginia Governor Cecil H. Underwood appointed Pleva as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator.

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Pleva joined the service in 1971 and served with the Task Force Delta in Vietnam and Nam Phong, Thailand. He was discharged in 1974 and became employed as a coal miner and United Mine Works mediator. Pleva sustained a spinal cord injury in a coal mining accident in 1982. He currently resides in Kentucky where he is an active member of the chapter.

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