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For Paralyzed Veterans of America National Service Officer and Army veteran Melody Banneck, serving her fellow soldiers and their families is her life’s calling.
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“For Paralyzed Veterans of America members and all people with disabilities, the new electronic format will make it much easier to start to start the process of filing formal complaints and should help expedite the process,” said Lee Page, associate advocacy director for Paralyzed Veterans of America.
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The “Ask Me 3” campaign – born out of an initiative by the National Patient Safety Foundation – encourages patients to ask three questions of their providers at every health care visit:

What is my main problem?
What do I need to do?
Why is important for me to do this?

The goal of the campaign is to ensure patients take a more proactive role in their health care and understand their health care instructions.
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When I saw actor Eddie Redmayne accept the Oscar for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, for me, it wasn't about the glamour or pageantry of the moment. It wasn't about Redmayne or even Hawking, perhaps the most well-known survivor of a profoundly debilitating condition— a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord that goes by a few names: ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

My thoughts immediately went to the 4,000+ veterans with #ALS who live an experience that Hollywood now found compelling enough to meaningfully recognize. I thought about the number of #veterans who would become statistics, as veterans are twice as likely to incur ALS as the general population and only live an average of two to five years once diagnosed.
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“The movie Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement helps people explore the view of #disability, including veterans who have acquired their injuries more recently. It helps #veterans who are grappling with what it means to live now as a wounded warrior or a veteran with a disability and how technology can enable them to live their lives in different ways.” --Heather Ansley, Associate General Counsel for Corporate and Government Relations at Paralyzed Veterans of America 
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Army veteran Tammie Gillums had no idea how much her caregiving role to her husband was appreciated until she heard about it from a complete stranger.
 
It wasn’t as if her husband, paralyzed Marine Corps veteran Sherman Gillums, Jr., deputy executive director of Paralyzed Veterans of America, never personally expressed his appreciation. But Tammie had no idea of the extent to which Sherman expressed that gratitude to others.

“Just recently, I met another caregiver through Facebook who said that my husband always talks about me and appreciates how well I take care of him,” Tammie says. “To hear that from someone I didn’t even know was validation that my caregiving role is appreciated.” #caregiver #veterans 
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Once again proving that they were incredible out in the field and they still have so much to do. Just because your bent doesn't mean your broken! Love these men and women. 
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“I keep in mind that I accept this award on behalf of representing veterans who are terminally ill patients,” Steele says. “With the life expectancy just three to five years for a veteran with #ALS, it’s my duty to ensure that their claim is turned around in 48 to 72 hours. It’s just natural for me to want to put in the extra effort to ensure our veterans are taken care and receive the benefits they deserve.”  
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Paralyzed Veterans of America is deeply saddened by the loss of former National Secretary Frank J. Rigo. Rigo passed away on February 18, 2015, with his family by his side. He was 91. #veterans  #WorldWarII  
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Since its inception, Paralyzed Veterans of America’s mission has focused on being a partner for life to the #veterans it serves, including many of the thousands of veterans who find themselves #homeless on any given night.

“It pains me to see an underserved veteran,” said Heather Cherniak, an Iraq war veteran and national service officer in Paralyzed Veterans of America’s office in Brockton, Mass. “I think there’s nothing worse than someone who has served their country to be on the street.” 
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Clyde Reed quickly learned that Paralyzed Veterans of America was more than a #veterans service organization; it was a community of people from all walks of life who are committed to the advancement of the civil rights of all individuals, particularly those with disabilities. It’s Reed’s service – and the service of all who have fought tirelessly for civil rights – that Paralyzed Veterans of America celebrates throughout February as part of African American History Month. 
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For more than 67 years, Paralyzed Veterans of America has been on a mission to change lives and build brighter futures for our seriously injured heroes—to empower these brave men and women with what they need to achieve the things they fought for: freedom and independence.

The organization was founded by a band of service members who came home from World War II with a spinal cord injury.
 
They returned to a grateful nation, but also to a world with few solutions to the challenges they faced. They made a decision not just to live, but to live with dignity as contributors to society.  They created Paralyzed Veterans of America, an organization dedicated to veterans service, medical research and civil rights for people with disabilities.

Today, the work continues to create an America where all veterans and people with disabilities, and their families, have everything they need to live full and productive lives.

Paralyzed Veterans national officers and our 34 chapters represent thousands of veterans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.