Paralyzed Veterans of America Blog

 

Scott Gallen

Posted by PVA Admin on Thursday May 26, 2022

“I hope that other people with ALS will see – don’t give up. Don’t just sit in your room and do nothing. You can still live. Just go out there and live.” U.S. Navy Veteran Scott Gallen had been experiencing unfamiliar symptoms for about a year and a half before he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic […]

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Michelle Melland

Posted by PVA Admin on Friday May 13, 2022

U.S. Army Veteran Michelle Melland began her career as a transportation officer after being commissioned in 1988. She spent four years on active duty, and was stationed for three of those years spent in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she worked various roles in a battalion that hauled supplies throughout Europe. Later on, she would spend one […]

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George & Jann Vasiloff

Posted by websupportpro on Thursday November 4, 2021

Jann Vasiloff is the widow of U.S. Marine Corps Veteran George, who passed away from ALS. Jann is the inspiration behind the Justice for ALS Veterans Act, which would make the spouses of Veterans with ALS eligible for the DIC Kicker regardless of how long the Veteran had the disease. Currently, the benefit is only […]

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Cheryl Gerdes

Posted by websupportpro on Tuesday September 21, 2021

With a career Army father, the United States Army was a natural choice for Cheryl Gerdes. Of her decision to join the military, Gerdes says, “I was steered, pretty much, by my dad; he had done 30 years in the Army. Three wars. He was an Army guy. But, it was also coupled with the […]

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Ted Rake

Posted by websupportpro on Tuesday September 21, 2021

Ted Rake’s enlistment into the United States Army was born from a strong desire to change his life and introduce a semblance of discipline and direction. Rake recalls, “I woke up one morning, and I had a massive hangover; I saw a commercial for the Army. I remember sitting there, thinking to myself, I need […]

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Laura Schwanger

Posted by websupportpro on Tuesday September 21, 2021

Army veteran Laura Schwanger was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1982. For about two years she really didn’t know what to do with herself, and was having trouble living with her new illness. But then she fell in love with adaptive sports, particularly track and field. Suddenly, she had a reason to get out […]

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Mark Reese

Posted by websupportpro on Tuesday September 21, 2021

In 1992, after five-and-a-half years in the U.S. Air Force, a reduction in force saw Mark Reese unemployed and looking for a way to support himself. He spent the next five years trying to make ends meet with several different retail jobs, as he applied for positions that would lead to the next phase of […]

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