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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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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Video: Ben Affleck Supports Paralyzed Veterans of America in PSA | Ben Affleck Online

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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 Richard Petty 2015 Ford Mustang
With its unmistakable Petty Blue paint job and the sleek design of the 2015 Ford Mustang, a Petty’s Garage-built, 2015 Ford Mustang GT (Lot S148.1) will roll onto Mecum Auction’s signature red carpet and cross the auction block to be claimed by one lucky winning bidder at the Mecum Dallas auction this Sept. 16-19. Donated by Richard Petty and Richard Petty Motorsports, the car will directly benefit the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) with 100 percent of the proceeds from its sale serving the organization’s mission.

Member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and an American icon, “The King” Richard Petty, owner of Petty’s Garage and co-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports, will be at the Mecum auction on Sept. 19 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas to represent the car during its sale and support the PVA.

“It’s important to me that we really support Paralyzed Veterans of America and those who fought for our freedom,” says Petty, a seven-time NASCAR champion. “We have specially built this Ford Mustang in my garage to take out to the Mecum Auction. It has all the performance upgrades you need including over 600 base horsepower and much more. The seats even match my cowboy boots! It’s truly a special piece and one that I hope to see raise a lot of money for the cause.”

Richard Petty 600+ HP 2015 Mustang Heads To Auction

Richard Petty 600+ HP 2015 Mustang Heads To Auction

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Fans of Richard Petty will be excited to hear about this one. Richard Petty Motorsports will be auctioning off a Petty garage-built 2015 Mustang, complete with a special Petty Blue paint job, at the Mecum Dallas auction in September. Petty will even be at the auction himself to represent the car during the sale. All the proceeds from the car will directly benefit the Paralyzed Veterans of America

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Richard Petty and Richard Petty Motorsports to Auction Off 2015 Mustang:

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You won’t be able to miss it. With its unmistakable Petty Blue coloring and the sleek design of the 2015 Ford Mustang, a Petty’s Garage-built, 2015 Ford Mustang GT will roll onto Mecum Auction’s signature red carpet and cross the auction block to be claimed by one lucky winning bidder at the Mecum Dallas auction this September 16-19. The real winner, however, will not only be the proud new owner, but the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) with 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the car going to the Paralyzed Veterans.   In fact, “The King” Richard Petty, owner of Petty’s Garage and co-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports - not to mention a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and an American Icon - will be at the Mecum auction on Sept. 19 in Dallas, Texas, to make sure the car is in perfect condition before going up on the block.   “It’s important to me that we really support Paralyzed Veterans of America and those who fought for our freedom,” said Petty, a seven-time champion. “We have specially built this Ford Mustang in my garage to take out to the Mecum Auction. It has all the performance upgrades you need including over 600 base horse power and much more. The seats even match my cowboy boots! It’s truly a special piece and one that I hope to see raise a lot of money for the cause.”
  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. Richard Petty Motorsport and Richard Petty have long been supporters of the efforts of the Paralyzed Veterans to support our nation’s veterans following catastrophic injury.   “This is a tremendous gesture by Richard Petty to allow us to raise funds through Mecum Auctions,” said Al Kovach Jr., national President of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “The Petty family, including Richard Petty Motorsports and Petty’s Garage, are great supporters of our Paralyzed Veterans organization and the entire veteran community. We can’t wait for the auction as we know it will truly make an impact on the lives of so many deserving disabled veterans and see the monies raised help those we serve. We’re grateful for their continued support, and the support of Mecum Auctions in making all of this happen.”   “We’re thrilled to be involved with two highly respected organizations- Paralyzed Veterans of America and Richard Petty Motorsports-and to help with their shared cause,” commented Mecum Auctions’ President and Founder Dana Mecum. “The Mustang is a great addition to our Dallas lineup, and we’re excited to have ‘The King’ Richard Petty join us at one of our biggest auctions of the year.”   The auction will begin on Sept. 16 and run through Sept. 19 in Dallas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The 2015 Petty’s Garage Mustang GT will cross the auction block on Saturday, Sept. 19.

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