PVA Awareness Month recognizes veterans living with spinal cord injury and disorders

April campaign highlights the organization’s work in research, accessible design, employment and veterans’ benefits

Media Contact: Liz Deakin LizD@pva.org, 202-416-7627

WASHINGTON, DC (March 28, 2019)—In April, during PVA Awareness Month, Paralyzed Veterans of America will celebrate the strength and perseverance of its members—veterans living with spinal cord injury and disorders (SCI/D), as well as MS or ALS — by sharing their inspirational stories. The organization will also highlight its efforts to ensure that veterans with SCI/D, MS or ALS are able to live full and productive lives through its programs in research, accessible design, employment, and veterans’ benefits.

“While Paralyzed Veterans of America celebrates the inspiring stories of our members every day, April is a time for us to really share these stories with the public to help build our community of support for veterans living with spinal cord injury or disorders,” said David Zurfluh, a disabled Air Force veteran who serves as national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “The great thing about PVA Awareness Month is that you have 30 days to do something—get involved in one of our local Chapter events, learn more about our members, programs and services—and share these resources with veterans you know. We encourage you to participate and be part of our community of support for these heroes.”

Since the inception of its Research Foundation, PVA has invested nearly $50 million in grants to help cure spinal cord injury and improve the lives of people living with SCI/D. The organization’s employment program, PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment), has helped more than 4,300 veterans, military spouses and caregivers find meaningful employment. PVA also continues to assist veterans and their families obtain the benefits they’ve earned through their military service, securing over $289 million in annual and retroactive benefits for our clients last year. Additionally, Paralyzed Veterans of America remains the only veterans’ service organization with on-staff architects that provide free design assistance and develop building codes and standards for the entire nation to follow.

To learn more about our programs and services, visit pva.org/pam.