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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Happy 229th Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard!

Posted by Lynne Switzer, staff writer for PVA on Aug 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Seven years ago, Coast Guard veteran and PVA member Kaleb Wilson took a $100 bet that changed his life.

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Topics: People With Disabilities

Choosing to Take Part in Clinical Research

Posted by Cheryl Vines, director of research and education for PVA on Dec 10, 2018 2:55:31 PM

Have you ever been asked to take part in a clinical trial or research study? Occasionally, Paralyzed Veterans of America will send out an email blast to its members and others about a new study. That does not mean we are conducting a study or are affiliated with one, often just that a researcher to help him or her has asked we ‘get the word out’. After we have verified that the study has been approved and meets clinical guidelines, we agree to send the word out. This helps the researcher and participant move research forward.

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Topics: People With Disabilities

Improvements in Air Travel are on the Horizon for People with Disabilities

Changes to the air travel experience of people with disabilities are on the horizon following the signing of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 in October. The FAA Reauthorization included several provisions explicitly targeted at improving the air travel process, including security screening, for passengers with disabilities. PVA worked with many stakeholders to ensure that the needs of passengers with disabilities were included in the final bill.

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Topics: ACAAA, Capitol Hill, FAA Reauthorization, People With Disabilities

PVA Awards College Students with Scholarships

As the 2018-2019 academic school year gets underway, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is recognizing the 11 exceptional college students who will receive financial assistance through our Educational Scholarship Program. The program provides a $500 scholarship to each qualified part-time student, and a $1,000 scholarship to each qualified full-time student, with a total amount of $10,000 in funding.

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Topics: Educational Scholarship Program, People With Disabilities

How to Prepare and Respond When Natural Disasters Strike

Posted by Susan Prokop, senior associate advocacy director for PVA on Sep 13, 2018 2:43:44 PM

As powerful Hurricane Florence barrels toward the east coast of the US, and as much of the west coast deals with devastating forest fires, this is an opportune time to remind people with disabilities of the available resources and contacts available in their communities during emergencies like these.

Seek help from your local/state disability coalition

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Topics: Hurricane Florence, Disaster Preparedness, FEMA, People With Disabilities

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


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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