Paralyzed Veterans of America to Honor Outstanding Leadership of Those Improving the Lives of Veterans with Disabilities


Ben Affleck to be honored with Veterans Humanitarian Award 

DATE:  September 12, 2013   


Host, Paralyzed Veterans of America   
Keynote Speaker, Major General (Dr.) Douglas J. Robb, USAF, Deputy Director, TRICARE Management Activity

Master of Ceremonies: Jennifer Griffin, FOX News Channel, National Security Correspondent

2013 Americana Gala honorees:

  • Ben Affleck*, Veterans Advocate, Two-time Academy Award Winner, Actor, Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter: Paralyzed Veterans Humanitarian Award—recognizing 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 will be accepting the award via video recording.)
  • Microsoft: The Access-ABLE Award—for creating accessible technologies to maximize the independence of veterans with disabilities.
  • Pennzoil: 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.
  • Al Mann of the Al Mann Foundation: The Unstop-ABLE Award—for innovative leadership to improve the quality of life for veterans with disabilities.
  • CVS Caremark: The Employ-ABLE Award—for leadership to end rampant unemployment in the disabled veteran community through Operation PAVE.
  • The SPIRE Institute: The 2013 Barrier-Free America Award—for accessible architecture design demonstrating the importance of equal access for disabled veterans and all people with disabilities.


Paralyzed Veterans of America will pay tribute to those individuals and organizations that have made major contributions to help veterans with transition from the military or cope after injury—through advocacy, technology, architecture, accessibility, and employment.

Proceeds from the 2013 Americana Gala will benefit Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Mission: ABLE campaign which helps our heroes fully live the lives they deserve and receive what they need most: Care, Benefits and Jobs.

For more information about the gala or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please visit


Wednesday, October 2, 2013
6:30 p.m. – Reception
7:00 p.m. – Dinner


Capital Hilton
10001 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036


Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously injured American heroes from the “Greatest Generation” of World War II. They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they faced back in the 1940s — from a medical community not ready to treat them to an inaccessible world. For more than six decades, Paralyzed Veterans’ national office and its 34 chapters across the nation have been making America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities. (

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MEDIA: Please register with Lani Poblete at (202) 416-7667 or prior to the Gala.



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