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Purple Heart Day

Posted by PVA Staff on Aug 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM

“All the horrors you can possibly imagine sweep through you when you see… the arm is gone.”

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Topics: Purple Heart

2019 NVWG Athlete Profile: Jennifer Steele

Posted by PVA Staff on Jun 27, 2019 3:44:52 PM

Jennifer Steele, 38, was a sergeant in the U.S. Army for four years. During that time, she served on a patriot missile crew for five months at the beginning of the Iraq War.
It was during her service that Jennifer started noticing some difficulty with movement. She started to trip and fall when she was running. A battery of tests followed, and at 23-years old, Steele was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and given a medical discharge.
Still wanting to serve others, she worked as an EMT back in the U.S. until lifting her patients became too difficult. The disease had progressed leaving Jennifer unable to work at all, and anger and depression set in.
A therapist suggested Steele attend the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Although it was years later when she decided to go, she says the choice “really made me feel alive again” and credits Paralyzed Veterans of America with introducing her to the adaptive sports that changed her life.

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Topics: National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Protecting the ADA Remains a Top Focus for PVA

Posted by PVA Staff on Jul 19, 2018 11:32:56 AM

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. It is the most comprehensive disability rights legislation ever enacted. The ADA prohibits discrimination against a person with a disability in employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications.

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Topics: Tammy Duckworth, ADA, Advocacy, Americans with Disabilities Act, Capitol Hill, Congress, People With Disabilities

Are You Eligible for VA Educational Assistance, Chapter 35?

Posted by PVA Staff on Jun 15, 2018 11:31:11 AM

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers several educational programs.  The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35) Program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents and survivors.

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Take Heart: Improving Cardiometabolic Care after Spinal Cord Injury

Posted by PVA Staff on Jun 7, 2018 6:15:03 AM

Cardiac disease is the silent killer in America. Half of all deaths in the United States are related to Cardiometabolic diseases (Mueller, JAMA, 2017).  According to the federally funded SCI National Database (Facts and Figures,, while septicemia and pneumonia have remained the leading causes of death after SCI since the 1970s, endocrine, metabolic and nutritional diseases have seen a significant increase in the past ten years.

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Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace

Posted by PVA Staff on Jun 6, 2018 10:29:50 AM

OPERATION PAVE: PVA’s Vocational Program!

You should be aware that there are laws that protect the rights of qualified persons with disabilities from discrimination in an employment context other than Title I of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

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Posted by PVA Staff on May 31, 2018 11:28:05 AM

On May 23, the United States Senate voted 92-5 for the VA MISSION Act. The bill is now headed to President Trump’s desk for signature. The House of Representatives passed the bill on May 16, by a vote of 347-70. This historic legislation will reform care in the community, assess VA’s infrastructure, and finally, correct the inequality of the VA Caregiver Program.

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Topics: Veterans Issues, Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Affairs, Capitol Hill, People With Disabilities

VA Home Loans Scams

Posted by PVA Staff on Apr 24, 2018 1:54:21 PM

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have issued a “warning order” to both service members and veterans with VA home loans. This order went out in November 2017 and addresses the solicitation promises that are being made by some lenders.

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Topics: People With Disabilities

HERL Develops Technology to Provide New Opportunities to Wheelchair Users

Posted by PVA Staff on Apr 18, 2018 12:48:14 PM

From assisting individual Veterans navigate health care choices, to organizing adaptive sports events, to advocating for all Veterans on Capitol Hill, Paralyzed Veterans of America is intimately involved in improving Veterans’ lives. But you may not realize that PVA funds research and development for the benefit of today’s Veterans, and the Veterans of the future. The Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL), a joint effort of the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC Health System, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs has benefited from PVA’s generosity and forward-thinking. PVA’s research funds have helped HERL to develop two recent projects that offer Veterans a brighter future.

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Topics: People With Disabilities

Paralyzed Veterans’ Sports and Recreation Event Volunteers Honored to Give Back to Disabled Veterans

Posted by PVA Staff on Apr 17, 2018 12:04:32 PM
Paralyzed Veterans of America's sporting events are a major part of our organization. Our events keep our members active and engaged and help our members rejoin the community. We offer a broad range of events including indoor activities like bowling and bocce to outdoor activities like fishing and shooting. Giving our members quality programs ensures that they keep a healthy and active lifestyle. Without the help of our dedicated volunteers, committed to helping veterans have the best experiences, these events would not be possible.
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Topics: People With Disabilities

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