VA Medical Centers

Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder(SCI/D) System of Care

SCI/D Center

1 Freedom Way
Augusta, GA 30904-6258
706-733-0188

https://www.augusta.va.gov/

SCI/D Spokes

1670 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033
404-321-6111
Directions

109 Bee Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-577-5011 | 888-878-6884 Directions 

https://www.charleston.va.gov/

6439 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, SC 29209
803-776-4000
Directions

1826 Veterans Blvd.
Dublin, GA 31021
478-272-1210 | 800-595-5229 Directions

https://www.dublin.va.gov/

 

 James H. Quillen VA Healthcare System

Corner of Lamont & Veterans Way
Mountain Home, TN 37684
423-926-1171
Directions

https://www.mountainhome.va.gov/

 

SERVICES & RESOURCES

PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS

Our core mission at Paralyzed Veterans of America is helping veterans and all people with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) to enjoy a better quality of life — and to fulfill their potential.

Through our Advocacy Program, Paralyzed Veterans offers the latest disability rights information and resources related to health, travel, housing, voting, and more. Below you’ll find specific information about the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws that protect your rights — and the rights of all people living with a disability.

Paralyzed Veterans also advocates for people living with SCI/D through speaking out on Capitol Hill to strengthen rights and laws — and by working with federal agencies such as the Department of Justice to ensure that nondiscrimination laws are implemented and enforced.

Medical Advocacy

Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) devotes its advocacy efforts to issues that affect our members as both veterans with spinal cord injury or disease and people with disabilities. Additionally, we remain a steadfast advocate for all veterans and all people with disabilities. Our priorities include:

 

EQUAL ACCESS FOR ALL

The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state, and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. It also mandates the establishment of TDD/telephone relay services.

“The ADA represents comprehensive disability civil rights that still are being actively enforced by all the agencies,” said Lee Page, associate advocacy director at Paralyzed Veterans of America. “The ADA is a living and breathing law that will be with us for the rest of time until architectural and employment barriers and other issues are put to rest.”

PARALYZED VETERANS LEADING THE ADA FORWARD

Paralyzed Veterans helped lead the charge for passage of the act in 1990. Since then, we have fought against efforts to weaken it. As disability advocates, Paralyzed Veterans of America continues to push for needed reforms, from ratifying an international disability treaty to removing architectural, employment and attitudinal barriers for individuals with disabilities, to pushing for greater access to housing, travel and voting rights.

Southeastern Chapter is actively involved in advocating for laws and regulations that are beneficial to paralyzed veterans and all veterans with disabilities. Our core beliefs speak for themselves. 

Know Your Rights

Paralyzed Veterans of America advances its mission inside and outside of the courtroom. Our attorneys work to educate the public on veterans claims issues and connect attorneys with veterans law resources. Paralyzed Veterans attorneys have litigated hundreds of cases on behalf of members and other veterans, helping them receive the benefits they have earned.

When veterans are denied benefits by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, they have a right to appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and then to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Our professional staff represents claimants in these courts and tracks legal issues that matter to veterans.

Paralyzed Veterans of America’s employment program, PAVE, provides FREE employment support and vocational counseling assistance to ALL veterans, transitioning service members, spouses, and caregivers. 

Leveraging a high-touch approach, our employment analysts and vocational rehabilitation counselors will work with you on your path toward meaningful employment. Our team also has expertise in helping veterans overcome barriers to employment at all stages.

Whether you need help with job search and networking strategies or with obtaining necessary accommodations at work, PAVE is always a click or a phone call away. We are a partner for life.

VA Medical Care Quality Review

Our teams of architects, advocates, and licensed medical professionals conduct routine site visits to 31 VA Spinal Cord Injury units and Long-term Care Centers to ensure quality care standards are met. Medical Services also operates a SCI/D hotline and develops consumer and clinical practice guidelines widely considered to set the standard of care.

Paralyzed Veterans is the only veterans service organization that routinely audits VA hospitals to ensure quality healthcare and best practices.

The VA has a new access and quality healthcare tool for veterans. Learn more here: Access to Quality Care.

 Veterans Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Program

Ongoing, we assist in the development, design, and organization structure for the Veterans Spinal Cord Injury/Disease (SCI/D) Program. The team provides education with support on various committees. We also provide guidance to the general public on the care of the SCI/D individual and fund Patient and Caregiver Guides and other publications.

The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state, and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. It also mandates the establishment of TDD/telephone relay services.

“The ADA represents comprehensive disability civil rights that still are being actively enforced by all the agencies,” said Lee Page, associate advocacy director at Paralyzed Veterans of America. “The ADA is a living and breathing law that will be with us for the rest of time until architectural and employment barriers and other issues are put to rest.”


Funding For Projects that Improve Lives

From coordinating workshops for health professionals to producing educational materials to sponsoring fellowships in spinal cord medicine, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation helps develop tools that share spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) knowledge and improve the lives of those with SCI/D. Since inception in 1986 we have funded 260 grants totalling $9,597,518. The Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides funding in six project categories:

  • Consumer and community education to improve the health, independence and quality of life for individuals with SCI/D
  • Professional development and education to improve the knowledge and competencies of health professionals who serve the SCI/D community, including fellowship and traineeship programs
  • Research utilization and dissemination, which translates findings into practice
  • Assistive technology—Development of teaching tools or pilot programs that demonstrate innovative approaches to the use of assistive devices
  • Conferences and symposia that provide education and collaboration opportunities for members of the SCI/D community
  • Consumer Guides to develop companion consumer information guides based on PVA SCI Consortium Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Service Officers

Augusta VAMC
Jennifer Ammons, SNSO, Senior National Service Officer

Lorna Jefferson, Secretary
Augusta-Downtown VAMC, RM 2C-100
Augusta, GA 30904
(800)795-3597, (706)823-2219, FAX: (706)823-2295

Anthony Steele, SNSO, Senior National Service Officer

Lakisha Anderson, Secretary
45 Perry Hill Rd., Rm. 1-123
Montgomery, Alabama 36109
(800)795-3581, (334)213-3433/3435, FAX: (334)279-1590


Mitchell Hinkle, SBA, Senior National Service Officer

Shirley B. Bryant, Secretary
1700 Clairmont Rd., C/O PVA
Decatur, GA 3033-4032
(800)795-3596, (404)929-5333, FAX: (404)929-5337

Bill Pack, SNSO, Senior National Service Officer

Linda Paquett, Secretary
251 N. Main St., Rm. 424
Winston Salem, NC 27155
(800)795-3622, (336)251-0836, FAX: (336)777-0572

 

Tony Timmons, SNSO, Senior National Service Officer

Val Brown, Secretary
6437 Garners Ferry Rd., Rm. 1121
Columbia, SC 29209
(800)795-3631, (803)647-2432, FAX: (803)647-2311

 

Nichelle Edwards, NSO, National Service Officer

Cassandra Davis, Secretary
110 9th Ave. South, Rm. A-302
Nashville, TN 37203
(800)795-3569, (615)695-6383, FAX: (615) 695-6290