Program areas at Paralyzed Veterans of America
Va benefits and medical advocacy services - each year, our national service officers (nsos) help thousands of Veterans and family members obtain the benefits they have earned through their military service or the service of their loved one. In many cases, our nsos are one of the first people at a veteran'Veterans's bedside after injury, and their first line of contact to getting assistance with health care and benefits' needs.in fy 20, Paralyzed Veterans of America's Veterans benefits staff secured $280,588,907 in annual and retroactive benefits for our clients, including $19,352,584 in payments for automobile grants and $59,568,142 in payments for specially adapted housing (sah) grants.in fy 20, we filed 26,338 new issues/claims and secured 1,520 "significant retroactive awards" (over $100,000). We conducted 11,942 hospital and office interviews and had over 169,800 client contacts during the year.to ensure that Veterans with spinal cord injury and disease (sci/d) are receiving the best health care possible, Paralyzed Veterans of America's team of licensed medical professionals, including physicians and nurses, conducts annual site surveys to assess the quality of care at each of the 25 department of Veterans affairs (va) sci/d centers, and long-term care centers. After each visit, these findings, along with our recommendations, are then incorporated into a site survey report and submitted to the secretary of the department of Veterans affairs for review and consideration. With current travel restrictions and the threat of the covid-19 pandemic, the team has scheduled site visits to occur in a virtual format to ensure this important work continues.our dedicated team of nurses continually works to educate individuals with sci/d, whether it's through articles covering health promotion and disease prevention featured in pn magazine (paraplegia news) and our pva member newsletter. They also provide assistance with accessing medical records to evaluate Veterans for pva membership eligibility and serve as a resource to answer questions and provide guidance to national service officers, members and staff.paralyzed Veterans of America's employment program, pave (paving access for Veterans employment), provides career assistance and vocational rehabilitation support to transitioning service members, Veterans, military spouses and caregivers across the country. In fy 20, pave staff placed 302 individuals in meaningful employment opportunities and carries an active caseload of more than 825 clients. The program operates through eight locations nationwide: atlanta, long beach, minneapolis, philadelphia, richmond, san antonio, san diego, and washington,d.c. Since the inception of the program, we have helped more than 4,840 Veterans, military spouses and caregivers find meaningful employment.through the pave program, clients receive high-touch engagement as they look for meaningful employment. Pave staff work with any veteran who needs our help, but we specialize in those with barriers to employment, such as catastrophic injury or illness. In fy 20, pva launched pave connect, a virtual career program. Pave connect bridges the gap between career resources and Veterans with disabilities who are not willing to or able to attend traditional hiring events. Through a series of informal virtual sessions, Veterans with disabilities, their family members, and caregivers are able to learn from career experts and network with employers and industry experts.the pave program has strong relationships with key employers, whom we consider our allies, as we help our clients find the right fit. We are also able to provide needed support to employers so that they can successfully integrate these individuals into their organizations.
Chapter and community outreach - Paralyzed Veterans of America thinks nationally and acts locally through our 33 chapters dotted across the nation. Whether it's helping newly injured Veterans get the help they need or advocating for barrier free sporting facilities, our chapters are trusted members of their communities who work tirelessly to "pay it forward and to get the word out about our services to millions every year.
Public education - Paralyzed Veterans of America engages and educates both the public and key decision makers about the challenges facing Veterans with spinal cord injury and their families - and the important services we provide to these brave heroes which allow them and their families to lead full and productive lives. Whether it's a janitor whose dad served in vietnam, the doctor who's thinking about specializing in spinal cord injury medicine, or the student who has no Veterans in her family, our print and e-publications are designed to get them all to think about the challenges facing Paralyzed and disabled Veterans - and make helping Veterans part of their life's mission.throughout 2020 pva has provided timely, detailed online resources and webinars resources related to covid-19 specifically for Veterans and others living with sci/d. These include topics such as medical treatment, prevention efforts, managing isolation and loneliness and financial relief resources.through our clinical practice guidelines and companion consumer guides -- on issues as diverse as the early acute management of adults with spinal cord injury to medical complications such as neurogenic bladder and deep vein thrombosis -- we lead the way in the field of spinal cord injury care to provide "gold standard" professional education and self-help information to health care professionals and patients alike. Last year alone, our guidelines were used by thousands of doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers and therapists, potentially helping millions of people living with spinal cord injury/diseases (sci/d).other resources are available to Veterans and others living with spinal cord injuries and dysfunctions, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, their families and care givers. These include web base descriptions and resources about these disabilities, medical emergency cards, resources on accessible and universal design homes and communities, advocacy related to disability rights and air travel and other key needs of Veterans and others living with mobility related disabilities.