Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members – veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.
Southeastern is one of 34 Chapters of Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). Our local Chapter was chartered in the State of Georgia in 1962. We are governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of ten (10) veteran members of our organization. We pride ourselves on being responsible stewards of the funds we receive aiding veterans, their families and non-veteran disabled persons living in the states of Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee. Also, our members volunteer regularly to supports, visits and encourage fellows veterans at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Spinal Cord Unit and other medical facilities. Funding members to attend events like the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and other Sports & Recreation activities.
PVA will use that expertise to be the leading advocate for:
- Quality health care for our members,
- Research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction,
- Benefits available as a result of our members’ military service,
- Civil rights and opportunities that maximize the independence of our members.
To enable Paralyzed Veterans to continue to honor this commitment, we must recruit and retain members who have the experience, energy, dedication, and passion necessary to manage the organization and ensure adequate resources to sustain the programs essential for Paralyzed Veterans of America to achieve its mission.
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Welcome to PVA Post, the monthly member newsletter from your friends at Paralyzed Veterans of America! Stay up-to-date on PVA’s work to serve Veterans and make the world a more accessible place for all people with disabilities. Happy reading!
MEMBER SURVEY DUE SEPTEMBER 9
ONE WEEK LEFT TO TAKE MEMBER SURVEY
One week left to make your voice heard!
Do you want to impact PVA’s strategic direction? There’s still time to voice your thoughts on programming, advocacy efforts and more in our membership survey! If you fill it out before September 9, you will receive an exclusive limited edition PVA backpack. Don’t miss out!
PACT ACT TO EXPAND SURVIVOR BENEFITS
The Sergeant First Class (SFC) Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act was recently passed by Congress and signed into law. In addition to expanding benefits for Veterans exposed to toxins during their service, the PACT Act will also make it easier for their surviving loved ones to receive benefits and compensation. Check out this fact sheet from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), and get answers to frequently asked questions on their website.
BARRIER FREE AMERICA AWARDS ON SEPTEMBER 16
Even though the ADA requires buildings to comply with wheelchair accessibility standards, many architects treat accessibility as an afterthought. That’s why, for over 20 years, PVA has highlighted the buildings that go above and beyond accessibility standards with the Barrier Free America Award.
On September 16, PVA will honor the Kennedy Center with the award for their accessible renovations to the concert hall and outdoor spaces. For more information on the Barrier Free America Awards, please visit our website.
PVA TEAM MEMBER HIGHLIGHT
INTERVIEW WITH SUSAN PROKOP PVA NATIONAL ADVOCACY DIRECTOR
Did you know that PVA is an important voice for accessibility and Veterans’ legislation? This month, we sat down with Susan Prokop, PVA’s National Advocacy Director. Read more in her interview on our website, and join PVAction Force to stay up to date on how you can advocate for paralyzed and disabled Veterans.
FEATURED HERO STORY
MEET IBRAHIM U.S. MARINE CORPS VETERAN
As an American, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Ibrahim Hashi was horrified by the 9/11 attacks. As a Muslim, he was subject to suspicion by others in the aftermath. The tragic event inspired Ibrahim to join the military and serve his country in the fight against terrorism. Read more about this amazing warrior on our website.
The Individual Giving department would like to acknowledge the anniversary of the passing of Jeffrey Carlton, a longtime donor to Paralyzed Veterans of America and a member of the Legacy Circle. Since his passing on September 24, 2012, his foundation, the Jeffrey Carlton Charitable Foundation, has contributed more than $30 million to PVA. A plaque honoring him is on the second floor of PVA’s National Headquarters.
VETERANS CAREER PROGRAM
There are over 1.9 million Veteran owned businesses in the US. Of those businesses, eight percent are women Veteran owned – with an estimated $16.3 billion in total sales or revenue, just under 100,000 employees, and about $402 million in annual payroll. And military spouses comprise the fastest growing population of small business owners. Have you thought about self-employment or starting a small business? The Veterans Career Program can point you in the right direction with Veterans Career Live sessions on “Starting Your Own Business” and “Government Contracting Basics”. Contact us at VeteransCareerProgram@pva.org
SPORTS & REC
Are you looking forward to Fall? Now is a great time to begin planning your Fall activities! PVA Sports and Recreation is offering a variety of camps, clinics and competitive events in sports like basketball, wheelchair rugby , disc golf, bass fishing, trapshooting and more. Check out the Sports and Recreation sports calendar to find your favorite activities or an event near you, and check out our online programming for more opportunities to pursue your health and fitness goals. We look forward to seeing you!
In August, PVA saw advances in key Veterans’ priorities. We were at the White House when President Biden signed the Sgt. First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act. The PACT Act will expand VA health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. We also saw the introduction of legislation that would make much needed updates to VA’s Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) grant program. Updating this important grant program is a top legislative priority for PVA because its outdated rates are failing to provide veterans the level of financial assistance needed to modify their homes. Want to advocate to improve the HISA grant program? Visit our PVAction Force site.
PVA IN THE NEWS
Veterans stay up to date with the latest resources and news by visiting PVA.org or clicking on link below.
Veterans Benefits Newsletter September 2022
State Department of Health
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