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. 💖


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.”