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PVA From The Top - Be An Active Voice For PVA

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News March 2019

You can promote PVA every day by sharing your story with your friends, family and community.

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Quite often, people ask me, “What can I do to help Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)?” Well, this is your opportunity because the entire month of April is your chance to help in many ways, if you so choose. Since 1946, PVA has been helping veterans with spinal-cord injury and disease (SCI/D). Today, we have 33 chapters helping to carry out that mission in their local areas throughout the country and in Puerto Rico.

Next month, I challenge you to choose one day, one week or all 30 days to actively promote/advocate for PVA. Most of us generally consider April to be the month where winter finally fades and we begin to enjoy warmer, sunnier days. PVA Awareness Month, to me, is the springboard to launch activities galore and show the public what PVA can do to make America a better place for veterans with disabilities. If you’re looking for suggestions, I would ask that you contact the local chapter in your area first to see what events it’ll be doing. Another set of hands and feet are always welcome, and each chapter usually has something unique and interesting. You can find all of the PVA chapters listed on page 9, or you can call the national office at 800-424-8200 with any questions.

If you have a great idea for PVA Awareness Month, please tell a chapter representative or me. I’m always open to ideas. My suggestions to create awareness are to promote PVA on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) by telling your story of how PVA helped you.

Consider writing an op-ed piece for a newspaper to share your personal story of how you served and got hurt or inflicted with a disease. Sit on a street corner or attend large crowd events with a PVA sign or wear PVA apparel. You can promote PVA every day by sharing your story with your friends, family and community and explaining how PVA has helped you and continues to help veterans with SCI/D and their families. I’m providing you with the PVA Mission Statement as a reference:

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.

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 PVA 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 that are essential for PVA to achieve its mission.

Be an active voice this April, and help promote an organization that was a beacon of light in your time of need.

 

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