VMI Joins Paralyzed Veterans of America in Houston to Raise Awareness, Help Veterans with Disabilities

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Date:  April 16, 2013

Media contacts:       
Aaron Cook | 214.520.3430 ext. 302 | ACook@TPRM.com
Lani Poblete | 202-416-7667     

PHOENIX, Ariz. – April 16, 2013 – Vantage Mobility International (VMI) will join Paralyzed Veterans of America’s "The Big Push for Progress" national tour when it stops in Houston to raise awareness during Paralyzed Veterans Awareness Month about helping veterans with disabilities receive the care, benefits and jobs they deserve.  The tour stop will be held on April 17 at Adaptive Driving Access, which is located at 6836 N. Sam Houston Pkwy W in Houston.  The public is invited to attend the event and show their support for disabled veterans.  

“According to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, there are nearly 3.5 million veterans who now live with a service-connected disability,” said Doug Eaton, president of Vantage Mobility International. “Many of those disabled veterans struggle to find employment because they don’t have access to reliable transportation.  So, in addition to supporting the Paralyzed Veterans of America national tour, we’ve also teamed up with Toyota Motor Sales USA to give all disabled veterans a chance to win a 2013 Toyota Sienna SE with our Access360 In-floor Ramp Conversion. We hope veterans in the Houston area will join us at Adaptive Driving Access in Houston to learn more about our Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute contest.” 

"The Big Push for Progress" national tour was developed to honor April’s Paralyzed Veterans Awareness month and help local communities “take a stand for veterans and their families.” 

Paralyzed Veterans of America, which is celebrating 67 years this year, is urging all Americans to take a stand for veterans.  “Our disabled veterans face an unemployment rate three to eight times higher than average,” said Bill Lawson, U.S. Army veteran and national president of Paralyzed Veterans.  “That’s just one reason I’m asking my fellow Americans to help redouble our efforts for positive change.  We need everyone to be a part of our big push for progress.”

Vantage Mobility International is a manufacturer and distributor of the most innovative, reliable, highest quality and easily accessible transportation in the world. Their full line of products include domestic and import minivan conversions, full-size van conversions, platform lifts, scooter and wheelchair lifts and transfer seats.  For more information, call Aaron Cook at (214) 520-3430 Ext. 302 or visit http://www.VantageMobility.com.

All disabled veterans are eligible to enter the Star Spangled Salute contest. The winner, who will be randomly drawn on November 11, 2013, will receive a new Sienna SE, which was donated by Toyota Motor Sales USA and features the Access 360 In-floor Ramp Conversion system that is being donated by VMI.  To enter the Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute contest and for contest rules, terms and conditions, visit www.VantageMobility.com or call 1-800-348 VANS (1-800-348-8267).

Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded in the mid-1940s by a group of spinal cord injured American heroes of World War II. They created a non-profit organization to meet the challenges they faced then — from a medical community not ready to treat them to an environment with many barriers for people who use wheelchairs. Today, Paralyzed Veterans’ national office and our 34 chapters continue the fight to make America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities. www.pva.org.


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