Every year, more than 12,000 people in the United States, including Veterans, sustain a spinal cord injury often resulting in a loss of motor skills and/or sensory function. As the nation’s only nonprofit organization dedicated solely to helping Veterans with SCI/D, and diseases like MS and ALS, PVA is there to provide services and support.
During the Month of April
A precursor to Paralyzed Veterans Recognition Day, which was declared by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, PVA Awareness Month started as a day-long observance. After requests from its members and Chapters across the country, the celebration was extended to a full month to raise awareness of not only America’s Veterans living with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) and all veterans with disabilities, but also the people, programs, and services that exist to help make their lives easier. Today, many years after its first observance, PVA proudly celebrates PVA Awareness Month to help show how far we have come in the fight to help paralyzed Veterans and all people with disabilities, and to shine a spotlight on how much further we have left to go in helping these heroes regain what they fought for: their freedom and independence.
Throughout the month, PVA is sharing stories highlighting the resiliency of its members and the importance of its 33 Chapters across the country, as well as releasing a brand-new video to remind America of the size, scope, and reach of PVA’s efforts. We are also inviting the public to tune-in online as we provide an up-close, virtual look inside our operations, via a series of Instagram Takeovers featuring PVA programs like Sports & Recreation, Veterans Career Program, Research & Education, Medical Services, Architecture, and more.
Join the Celebration
From ensuring quality health care, securing benefits, and helping Veterans find meaningful employment to empowering them through sports and recreation, fighting for their disability civil rights, making America accessible, and searching for a cure, PVA invites you to join us today! Our mission cannot be accomplished by PVA alone – we need your help. Learn how you can impact the lives of paralyzed Veterans and all veterans with disabilities, as well as raise awareness of PVA programs and services. Together, we can make a difference and remind our veterans that they are not alone.