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As a veteran, I was a little disturbed by Cabela’s promotion for Paralyzed Veterans of America. I asked a couple of pals, both of whom were wounded in Iraq about it.

It’s a consensus that this is a titch fucked, and one of my pals suggested that maybe instead of the gun sales providing donations to wounded vets, maybe it could be fishing. Or clothes. Or something that, in his words, “didn’t kill or wound a bunch of my friends. He added, "You know, the ones that lived even though they got shot, a lot of them are paralyzed. This is really uncomfortable for me.”

I just spent like two hours going through my entire wardrobe to see what I can donate to this pick-up program with Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Two huge overly stuffed bags now contain at least 90% of the clothes I own. But, in the morning that 90% of my stuff will be processed before being sent out to help families in need. 💖

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Paralyzed Veterans of America Awarded Telly Award for Ben Affleck Public Service Spot

Paralyzed Veterans of America is proud to announce that the organization has been selected as a Bronze Level winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for its public service spot featuring Paralyzed Veterans’ supporter and Academy Award winner Ben Affleck. 

“We are very honored and proud to be recognized for our efforts to raise awareness for veterans living with spinal cord injury and disease,” said Bill Lawson, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “We especially thank Ben Affleck for his support in our mission of helping paralyzed veterans live full and productive lives.”

“Great news! I am thrilled and honored,” Affleck said after hearing the news of the award.

The Silver Telly Council, the judging and oversight body for the Telly Awards, is composed of top industry professionals that are past winners of a Silver Telly, the body’s highest honor. The Telly Awards receives over 13,000 entries annually from the finest ad agencies, production companies, TV stations, cable companies, interactive agencies and corporations in the world. It is a remarkable achievement to be selected for recognition.

A portion of the winning spot (“Ben Affleck/PVA story”) will be shown in Times Square several times a day during July, August and September.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards. “Mr. Affleck’s and PVA’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

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Westpoint Homes to Donate to Military Charity

We enjoy having promotions through our Facebook page and love seeing how excited our winners always are.

This month, however, we decided to do something different. In honor of Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day, Westpoint Homes is going to donate $250 to one charity.

We will donate to one of the following charities:
Blue Star Mothers
Paralyzed Veterans of America
The Hugs Project
Wounded Warrior Project

But we need your help! We are asking our Facebook friends to vote on the charity they think is most deserving of the donation. 

Starting May 7, please visit our Facebook page and vote for the charity of your choice. You’ll need to be a fan of our page and then “like” and comment on the graphic related to that charity to vote. That’s it! If you want to help out even more, please tag your friends in the comments encouraging them to vote and don’t forget to share the info on your own Facebook profile. 

Thank you for helping us help others! And thank you to the troops and their families for your sacrifice. We owe you a debt we know we can never repay. 

About the charities: 

Blue Star Mothers:

The purposes of the Blue Star Mothers is to aid in the memory of all the men and women who have served our country as members of the Armed Forces. The organization strives to be patriotic, educational, social, and for service and to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States; to educate members and others not to divulge military, naval, or other Government information and to assist in veterans’ ceremonies. 

Blue Star Mothers attend patriotic rallies and meetings with the goal of fostering true democracy. They care for the unsupported mothers who gave their sons and daughters to the service of the Nation and they aid in bringing about recognition of the need of permanent civilian defense for each community and to ever be alert against invasion of un-American activities. The Blue Star Mothers pledge to uphold the American institutions of freedom, justice, and equal rights, and to defend the United States from all enemies. 

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Whether it’s a Paralyzed Veterans of America national service officer who helps a veteran secure benefits that have been denied or the Paralyzed Veterans’ vocational rehabilitation counselor who helps a veteran get back to work, everyone throughout the organization is on a mission to help veterans.

For example:

  • We fight for quality VA health care and decent benefits for all veterans.
  • We help our seriously wounded heroes get back into life through adaptive sports. 
  • We advocate for a barrier-free America for all people with disabilities.
  • We help veterans with disabilities get a fair shot at the American Dream, a good job at a good company. 
  • We invest in the development of new treatments and cures for spinal cord injury/dysfunction.
  • With your generous support, we provide our services free of charge for all veterans with disabilities and their families.

If you’d like to get a better feel for paralyzed veterans, its people, our leaders, the challenges we routinely face and try to overcome, and opportunities to work for our organization, you will find the information in this section of our website. 

The Hugs Project 
The Hugs Project started in May 2004 in Oklahoma by Ray and Karen Stark. The were the first to send cool ties (affectionately nicknamed “hugs” since they go around the neck) to the Middle East. The Stark family recognized the need to help keep American Troops and our allies cool during the summer and warm during the winter. The dedicated group also sends care packages and other handmade items to Service Men and Women. This is their way of saying, “Thank you, we respect you and appreciate everything you do for our Country. Thanks for protecting our freedoms”.

They have sent over 1.9 million “hugs”, 300,000 “kisses” (helmet coolers), and more than 900 TONS of care package items and are committed to improving quality of life for our dedicated U.S. Military Troops.

Wounded Warrior Project

The vision of the Wounded Warrior Project is to to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. The purpose of the organization is as follows: 

  • To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
  • To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
  • To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

 

Congressman McNerney Introduces Bill to Expedite Construction of VA Facilities

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-09) has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow construction to begin on a number of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities around the nation, such as the outpatient clinic to be built in French Camp, California.

Rep. McNerney’s bill, The Jumpstarting VA Construction Act of 2014, creates a pilot program at…

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NC Senator Picks Fight With Veterans' Groups, Loses Badly

Perhaps Senator Richard Burr should have taken a step back and considered whether it was wise to write an “open letter to veterans” blasting the organizations that fight for their interests while assuming he wouldn’t get any kind of blowback over it. In his arrogance, he forgot that they were actually testifying in a hearing he didn’t bother to engage in.

Huffington Post:

Burr accused the groups (with the exception of the American Legion) of being more invested in maintaining access to the secretary than with fixing a troubled health care system. He questioned why they haven’t called for a leadership change at the VA, and pointedly charged the groups’ leaders with not caring about the health and well-being of their members.

Burr’s letter was in response to the testimony that Shinseki and seven of these veteran service organizations (VSO) had given before his committee the week prior, concerning revelations and allegations of long wait times, bureaucratic malfeasance and insufficient care at the VA.

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NC Senator Picks Fight With Veterans' Groups, Loses Badly

Perhaps Senator Richard Burr should have taken a step back and considered whether it was wise to write an “open letter to veterans” blasting the organizations that fight for their interests while assuming he wouldn’t get any kind of blowback over it. In his arrogance, he forgot that they were actually testifying in a hearing he didn’t bother to engage in.

Huffington Post:

Burr accused the groups (with the exception of the American Legion) of being more invested in maintaining access to the secretary than with fixing a troubled health care system. He questioned why they haven’t called for a leadership change at the VA, and pointedly charged the groups’ leaders with not caring about the health and well-being of their members.

Burr’s letter was in response to the testimony that Shinseki and seven of these veteran service organizations (VSO) had given before his committee the week prior, concerning revelations and allegations of long wait times, bureaucratic malfeasance and insufficient care at the VA.

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WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – May 20, 2014) – Ben Affleck, known around the world for his award-winning work as a film director, producer, actor and writer, is appearing in a new television and radio public service announcement (PSA) forParalyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans).

Outside of Hollywood, Ben Affleck’s important work includes encouraging support for our nation’s injured veterans. In the PSA titled “Never Leave a Fallen Comrade Behind” (:60, :30, :15), Ben Affleck pays tribute to the thousands of veterans who have returned home with devastating injuries after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. He discusses how Paralyzed Veterans works to ensure that our heroes receive the proper care, services and support needed to rebuild their lives. Paralyzed Veterans does this by advocating for quality medical care, accessible housing and rehabilitation. Paralyzed Veterans also provides assistance with counseling, job training and long term support — all at no cost to the veteran. Through these PSAs, Affleck reminds us of the importance of never forgetting our country’s heroes and encourages us to make a difference by helping those who have served.

Paralyzed Veterans of America works to positively change lives and build brighter futures for our nation’s veterans with disabilities and their families, through our broad range of services and expertise. Whether it’s fighting for quality health care and decent benefits for all who served, providing opportunities to get back into life through adaptive sports, helping veterans with disabilities get good jobs and careers, advancing a barrier-free America, educating clinicians about spinal cord injury/dysfunction, or investing in a cure for paralysis, Paralyzed Veterans leads the way in empowering people with disabilities with everything they need to live full and productive lives. For more information, please visit www.PVA.org.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Your Heroes program today announced that USAA; Toyota Motor Sales, USA; Function LEAD, a program of Paralyzed Veterans of America; La Quinta Inns & Suites; the International Franchise Association; and Evan Guzman of Verizon Communications received top honors in the 3rd Annual Choosing Your Personalities awards. The champions were picked in six…

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Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America set for June 13 at MIS

Michigan International Speedway is proud to announce a partnership with Great Clips and Paralyzed Veterans of America to sponsor the June 13 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the track, the Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America.  

This innovative partnership continues beyond race weekend. From July 1 through August 8, Great Clips patrons throughout Michigan, Northern Ohio and Northern Indiana will receive a $2 coupon toward a haircut with every $4 donated to Paralyzed Veterans of America. Patrons receive $1 voucher for a haircut with every $2 donation to Paralyzed Veterans of America.

While Great Clips has had a presence in NASCAR for years, this marks the first time the organization has sponsored a race at NASCAR’s fastest track. As title sponsor, Great Clips will market its brand through television, radio, print and social mediums on a nationwide scale, all while benefiting paralyzed veterans.

“It’s special to work with two organizations who tirelessly support our nation’s precious veterans,” speedway President Roger Curtis said. “We’re thrilled to help promote Great Clips and the work Paralyzed Veterans of America does by welcoming them by introducing them to the most brand loyal and giving fans in all of sports.” 

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, Paralyzed veterans of America has ensured veterans receive the benefits earned through their service to our nation, monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.

As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation, and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families, and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

“We are excited to expand our involvement in motorsports as the beneficiary of the Great Clips 250,” Paralyzed Veterans National President Al Kovach, Jr. said. “Paralyzed Veterans has a rich history in Motorsports and partnering with Great Clips allows us to continue sharing our mission with so many loyal race fans, donors and veterans. We offer a special thanks to Great Clips Racing and Michigan International Speedway for supporting our ongoing fight for disabled veterans and their families.”

Fans have the chance to serve as grand marshal and honorary starter for the Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Visit https://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/828900 to bid on grand marshal.

Visit http://ebay.to/1BnedHG to bid to be the honorary starter and wave the green flag.

Auctions end Monday. “Great Clips is proud to contribute our time, talents and resources to a variety of great causes including this partnership with Michigan International Speedway for the Great Clips 250 benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America,” Great Clips Senior Manager of Marketing Strategy and Analysis Dave Randall. “We look forward to an exciting weekend of racing. It’s gonna be great!”

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Selecting Your Characters program today announced that USAA; Toyota Motor Sales, USA; Functioning LEAD, a program of Paralyzed Veterans of America; La Quinta Inns & Suites; the International Franchise Association; and Evan Guzman of Verizon Communications received top honors in the 3rd Annual Choosing Your Heroes awards. The champions were selected in six…

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