Operation PAVE Success Stories

Army veteran Dan CoutureDan Couture: "“So many veterans – especially those of us who are older after having served in the military for so long – are lost. Operation PAVE can help you find a good job not only for yourself but your family as well.”  Read Dan's story.

Air Force veteran David RiggsDavid Riggs: "The dream job for me is something that is purposeful, gives back to the community and makes a difference to other people." Read David's story.

Navy veteran Robert KitchenRobert Kitchen: "I don’t see obstacles in my way but opportunities, and I’ll usually try to find a way to work through it,” Kitchen says. “There’s typically a solution for every obstacle out there. I don’t see myself with limitations."   Read Robert's story.

Navy veteran Richard DzenowskiRichard Dzenowski: “The PAVE program keeps you in its sight for an extended period of time. They continue to follow up with you even after you’re in a job to see how they can help you." Read Richard's story.

Denita HartfieldDenita Hartfield: "(Joan, her Operation PAVE counselor) was so encouraging and honestly understood the struggles of veterans who work so hard to return to the workforce,” Read Denita's story

Paralyzed Veterans of America member Elias RojasElias Rojas: “I was always hopeful and positive despite my injury. Paralyzed Veterans worked with me, each step of the way—from figuring out what I wanted to do to matching me with an employer. I couldn’t have done it without Paralyzed Veterans of America.”    Read Elias' story.

Kevin Hillery: "(Paralyzed Veterans') help is huge. I wouldn't be able to do it without them," Kevin said. Sticking with me, tracking me through school and employment, and networking is always going to be a great help.” Read Kevin's story.

Veteran Davette JonesDavette Jones: “To overcome all the obstacles an illness like multiple sclerosis has placed in my path to success is no small task,” Jones said. “Paralyzed Veterans of America has been there every step of the way. ”Read Davette's story.

Maurice BullardMaurice Bullard: Summing up his PAVE experience, Bullard says "I love the program; it really changed everything for me. If you are a veteran who is motivated, you will go far. I've seen it happen—it happened to me." Read Maurice's story.

veteran William BryantWilliam Bryant:  Bryant speaks as loudly for Pattrice , his PAVE counselor, as she did for him. “I wouldn’t have my current job without her. I might not have even tried. Without PAVE, I would have given up." Read William's story.

Operation PAVE veteran Bryan ChaneyBryan Chaney: “I really listen and try and make sure that they’re meeting their career goals,” Cristina, Bryan's Operation PAVE counselor, says.  “My goal is not to get someone any job, but to get them a job that works for them and their employer.” Read Bryan's story.

Paralyzed Veteran Colton CoryColton Cory: "Even when Jim (Colton's PAVE Counselor) wasn't available, he would put me in touch with the right people who could help me." Read Colton's story.

Paralyzed Veterans of America member LeMar Murphy

LeMar Murphy says  “I’m not one to let things stop me—not even spinal cord injury,” he said. “I’ll do whatever needs to be done to keep moving forward. Read LeMar's story.

Disabled veteran Richard FouhyRichard Fouhy: "We as veterans have a great team behind us in the form of Paralyzed Veterans of America and the VA. Use their resources as I have, and they will help you all the way.” Read Richard's story.

Patrick HermanPatrick Herman: “If it was not for Joan Haskins at Paralyzed Veterans of America,” he says, “I would not be here. I was at the bottom of the food chain, homeless, with mental and alcohol problems that were made worse by an aneurysm when she got in touch with me. Read Patrick's story.

Paralyzed Veterans of America member Eric Lorence

Eric Lorence says of PAVE, “It’s good; it’s very good. Soldiers getting out of the army, especially with injuries, need a little help.  Especially with the economy as it is now, even able-bodied people need help getting jobs, so this kind of help for veterans is great.” Read Eric's story.

Paralyzed Veterans member Stephen WillobyStephen Willoby describes the difference in Haskins (his Operation PAVE counselor) and his previous counselor as night and day. “She listened, understood, said ‘why not?’ and immediately began to find out just what obstacles lay ahead of me and how we could together overcome them.” Read Stephen's story.

Paralyzed Veterans of America member Marlon Benn
Marlon Benn
: “If it wasn’t for (Paralyzed Veterans of America), I wouldn’t have known about the school, and they’ve tried to help me find a job." Read Marlon's story.

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