WASHINGTON (December, 11 2020) — Paralyzed Veterans of America, Executive Director, Carl Blake released the following statement regarding the nomination of Denis McDonough to be the next Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, a position responsible for the healthcare and benefits of millions of veterans: “Paralyzed Veterans of America looks forward to understanding more […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – (Dec. 10, 2020) — Paralyzed Veterans of America Associate Executive Director of Government Relations Heather Ansley released the following statement regarding the Senate’s passage of H.R. 7105, the Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, which would enhance the quality of life for veterans, their families, and caregivers: “The Paralyzed […]

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2020 – This holiday season comes as many high-risk paralyzed veterans have been trapped in their homes for months, and as military suicides are up 20% over last year. In response, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is launching Holiday Hope for Heroes, a national program to ensure our nation’s injured veterans have access to resources they need to survive […]

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WASHINGTON (October 01, 2020) – Paralyzed Veterans of America is pleased to see the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) expansion of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) announced today.   “For too long, veterans of earlier service eras have been denied access to the critical benefits and services provided by this program,” […]

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Voting for People with Disabilities

Post Date:September 21, 2020

via Voting is one of our most important civil rights, but it isn’t always accessible for paralyzed veterans and others with disabilities. Here to talk about it is Al Kovach, Immediate Past President, Paralyzed Veterans of America. He was paralyzed in a parachuting accident during a combat training exercise. Voting isn’t always accessible for paralyzed […]

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Via  Voting is one of our most important civil rights, but it isn’t always accessible for paralyzed veterans and others with disabilities. A government report found less than half of polling locations were accessible in the 2016 election. People in wheelchairs have reported inaccessible stairways and sidewalks; doorways too narrow for a chair; no handicapped […]

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via By Dan Gray, KTVI Fox 2 News ST. LOUIS, Mo.- Voting is one of our most important civil rights, but it isn’t always accessible for paralyzed veterans and others with disabilities. A recent government report found that less than half of polling locations were accessible in the 2016 election. Former navy seal and the past […]

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WASHINGTON (July 21, 2020) — Paralyzed Veterans of America applauds final passage of specially adaptive housing improvement legislation, H.R. 3504, as amended.  This legislation ensures that catastrophically disabled veterans can more easily make needed accessibility modifications to their homes. “If we have learned anything during this pandemic, it is that veterans with catastrophic injuries and […]

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via By David M. Perry, The New York Times Technology is changing the ways that disabled people interact with the world; perhaps more important, it’s also shifting how the world interacts with disabled people. As the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act approaches on July 26, many leaders, designers and scholars in the […]

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WASHINGTON, DC — Paralyzed Veterans of America today announced that U.S. Air Force veteran, David Zurfluh, who served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, will serve as national president of the 74-year-old veterans service organization for a fourth consecutive term. Zurfluh was re-elected by Paralyzed Veterans of America’s board of directors during the […]

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via by Emily DeCiccio, Fox News U.S. Navy veteran Tom Wheaton, who has been living with paralysis since 1988 and has worked tirelessly to raise awareness for paralyzed veterans, is now aiming his efforts at people with serious disabilities who are facing mounting risks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the latest video at foxnews.com “A […]

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WASHINGTON – This afternoon, the PVA National office released the following statement: Click image to view full size

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via  by Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union Tribune SAN DIEGO, CA — Stay-at-home orders enacted nationwide in March were seen as necessary, if unprecedented, as the spread of the novel coronavirus threatened to overwhelm hospitals. However, the wide societal shutdown also disrupted the support systems and coping routines of many veterans living with physical and […]

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via   by Niki Wentling, Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON – Army veteran Stan Brown, a quadriplegic, relies on seven caregivers for nearly everything, from eating and dressing to running errands. A few weeks ago, when one caregiver showed up to his St. Louis home with a cough, Brown, 72, sent her away and spent the […]

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WASHINGTON, April 17, 2020 — Paralyzed Veterans of America is launching Stories from the Inside, a national awareness and support campaign, featuring long-time supporter Ben Affleck and paralyzed veterans sharing their fears and struggles from the confinement of their homes due to COVID-19. PVA is taking action during the crisis to ensure the nation’s most catastrophically injured veterans have access to […]

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