PVA releases informational videos that empower veterans with disabilities to seek higher education

Post Date: March 18, 2021
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 WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 18, 2021) Paralyzed Veterans of America today released two informational videos focused on empowering PVA members and all veterans with disabilities to seek higher education and open new pathways. The videos, developed in partnership with Student Veterans of America and with financial support from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), were filmed, produced, and hosted by PsychArmor Institute. 
The videos focus on the value of attending higher education for significantly or catastrophically injured or ill veterans. They also highlight the resources and assistance provided by accessibility offices at higher education institutions. The videos can be found at https://bit.ly/3eLKq9i

One of the proudest days of my life was when I rolled across the stage at the University of Alabama and received my college degree, and I believe every veteran – regardless of injury or illness– deserves to feel that sense of accomplishment, said Shaun Castle, PVA Deputy Executive Director. Navigating the education system is hard but thanks to our partners and supporters, vital tools like these, and our Veterans Career Program, veterans are better equipped and set up for success.”

“Wounded Warrior Project is proud to join with Paralyzed Veterans of America, Student Veterans of America, and PsychArmor Institute to support post-9/11 veterans on their educational journeys and through their transitions from the military,” said Ashley Bunce, WWP director of community partnerships and investments. “These videos are vital tools that will empower veterans to thrive in higher education as they navigate available care and resources.”
The video rollout is part of a broader focus on continuous learning and educational opportunities led by PVA’s Veteran Career Program, which was launched in 2007 to ensure PVA members, veterans with catastrophic or significant disabilities, their spouses and caregivers, have access to meaningful employment, educational and volunteer opportunities. The program concentrates on the unique needs of clients and provides support ranging from in-depth vocational rehabilitation to developing a resume, practicing interview skills, or choosing a major. Veterans Career Program staff work with any veteran who needs support but has a unique focus on those with barriers to employment or careers.
Studies have found that there are significant benefits for individuals who are engaged in the labor force, including improved quality of life, enhanced self-confidence, expanded social network, a sense of community, and increased income. For many veterans with significant or catastrophic disabilities, additional training or education may be the pathway toward future employment. Both videos highlight benefits and resources available to veterans, and act as vital tools to empower them as they tackle the world of higher education.
Over the coming weeks, PVA’s Veterans Career Program will host a series on education and training opportunities through its virtual engagement platform, Veterans Career Live. The series will not only feature the two higher education videos but also interactive sessions on opportunities with community colleges, micro-learning, online education, and disability resources and accommodations.  More information on the Veterans Career Program and Veterans Career Live can be found at PVA.org/VeteransCareerProgram.

About Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 75 years, the organization has ensured that veterans receive the benefits earned through service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.
As a life-long partner and advocate for veterans and all people with disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, and provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation. With more than 70 offices and 33 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans of America serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Learn more at PVA.org.