NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
There was never any doubt in Hack Albertson’s mind that he would join the U.S. Marine Corps since every generation of his family had proudly served in the military.
A member of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1981 to 1985, Albertson served as a weather observer and assistant forecaster attached to Marine Aircraft Group 31 in Beaufort, SC. He sustained a T-7 complete spinal cord injury in 1994.
In 2008, Albertson signed up to participate in a government clinical trial online for a walking with functional electrical stimulation study at the Cleveland VA Medical Center. At the Cleveland VAMC, Albertson found out about PVA, the veteran benefits that the organization could help him receive, and adaptive sports. It was a life-changing moment for Albertson, and he began working to help veterans with PVA.
Albertson has been on the Kentucky-Indiana Chapter of PVA’s Board of Directors for several years. He has also held chapter positions as vice president, treasurer, hospital liaison officer, and national director.
Paralyzed Veterans of America has given me so much personally. I have been able to help other veterans through serving at PVA.
Albertson was re-elected national vice president of PVA during the organization’s 73rd
Annual Convention in May 2019, and began his new, one-year term on July 1, 2019. He serves on PVA’s Executive Committee because he loves helping newly injured veterans find ways to make their lives better. What Albertson wants the public to know about PVA is “How our programs help all veterans. We also impact their caregivers and children immensely. PVA is the loudest voice for the disabled community.”
Albertson is on the board of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Lifewaters.org, where he currently holds the position of office treasurer. He is also a certified scuba diver and is a member of the Paralyzed and Disabled Scuba Diving Organization, and the Wounded Veterans in Parks (WVIP) program.
On Dec. 7, 2018, Albertson experienced a momentous day in his life when he did a dive at the USS Arizona
to finish testing several oil-resistant materials for future research, as part of the Pearl Harbor WVIP program.
Afterwards, he got the chance to meet members of the Eagles’ band.
In addition to scuba diving, Albertson is a class II athlete and has earned 32 medals at eight National Veterans Wheelchair Games. The sports he received medals for include trapshooting, softball, boccia ball, archery, and many more.
Albertson and his wife, Jill, currently reside in Campbellsburg, IN, where he is a member of the local First Baptist Church. They have four children, with one daughter currently serving on active duty as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.