PVA Promotion

Sherman Gillums Jr.
Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News January 2015

A former client of Paralyzed Veterans of America’s (PVA) jobs program is the organization’s new deputy executive director.

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Sherman Gillums Jr., was promoted to the position in October after spending the last four years as associate executive director for veterans benefits. Gillums strategically reshaped that department for a 21st-century reality, including initiatives to improve veterans’ employment.

“As associate executive director of veterans benefits, my staff and I ensured that VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) health care system remained cognizant of the human lives that were impacted by sweeping changes in the VA benefits process, especially those who live with traumatic spinal-cord injuries, multiple sclerosis and terminal conditions like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease),” Gillums says. “That effort will continue on a larger scale in my new position as deputy executive director.”

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Gillums began his career with PVA as a national service officer in San Diego, where he developed VA benefits claims and clinical appeals for veterans and families in the area. He later became involved with the local PVA chapter and went on to become chapter president. He also served on PVA’s National Field Advisory Committee.

After earning a master’s degree in executive management from the University of San Diego, Gillums returned to the VA benefits claims arena as an appellate representative at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals in Washington, D.C. He was promoted to associate executive director of the veterans benefits department in 2011.



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