Paralyzed Veterans of America 's mission is to create an America where all veterans and people with disabilities, and their families, have everything they need to live full and rewarding lives. To achieve that goal, Paralyzed Veterans' programs offer:
- Medical Services: Our multi-specialty auditing teams conduct routine site visits to VA hospitals to ensure quality care standards, such as patient-to-nurse ratio, are being met. Medical Services also operates a hotline, develops consumer and clinical practice guidelines widely considered to set the standard of care and runs our annual medical conference the Summit . In 2013 Paralyzed Veterans of America offered scholarships to 600 healthcare professionals to convene the leading minds in the field for a discussion on advancing research, treatments and ultimately, the search for a cure.
- Veterans Benefits: Through a national network of 80 highly trained service officers, Paralyzed Veterans of America assists veterans navigate the VA benefits system in a holistic, one-on-one approach. In 2013, Paralyzed Veterans of America secured more than $1 billion in benefits and care claims for deserving veterans and their dependents.
- Vocational Rehabilitation: Paralyzed Veterans of America’s certified vocational counselors aid veterans in returning to work by connecting them with job opportunities, career counseling and more through Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment). In 2013, PAVE won the Don Weber Wounded Warrior Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring our Heroes program for leadership in addressing the unique needs of disabled veterans.
- Architecture: By providing skilled architects as pro-bono accessibility consultants (whose services would total over $750,000 a year) to both private and public structures, Paralyzed Veterans of America works to promote a truly accessible way of life for all Americans.
- Research and Education: Through two foundations, Paralyzed Veterans of America funds more than $1.3 million annually in cutting-edge research to advance critical treatments, to train healthcare professionals in spinal cord care and most importantly the search for a cure.
- Sports and Recreation: By co-presenting the National Veterans Wheelchair Games annually, as well as a variety of other recreational opportunities like hosting tournaments in handcycling, fishing and billiards, Paralyzed Veterans fosters camaraderie and encourages veterans to lead active lifestyles. In 2013, about 600 veterans participated in the Games – the largest event of its kind in the world.
- Advocacy: By annually co-writing the Independent Budget every year, Paralyzed Veterans of America helps guide the discussion and shape priorities for the government, ensuring that veterans’ issues remain a national focus.
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