During the past year, Paralyzed Veterans of America provided benefits, health advocacy, employment and rehabilitation assistance to more than 60,000 veterans and their families nationwide, according to its 2014 Annual Report, titled “A Lifetime of Service.”
The organization also secured more than $290 million in new benefit awards from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for veterans last year.
“We have been fortunate to grow and expand many of our programs this year, enabling us to better serve our nation’s veterans and their families,” Al Kovach, Jr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans, stated in a press release. “Paralyzed Veterans is a unique organization that is a true partner for life, from the minute a veteran is injured, continuing through every phase of a veteran’s recovery and life. We are proud to have served veterans for nearly 70 years now and look forward to continue serving veterans as long as there is a need.”
Some highlights of the report include the opening of the organization’s eighth Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment) office in Chicago to provide vocational services to veterans, their families and caregivers in the region; the expansion of its sports programs to include boccia and the exploration of other sports, such as wheelchair lacrosse; and the attendance of more than 600 health care professionals at its annual health care summit.