An article featured on the Huffington Post discusses how the Paralyzed Veterans of America are life-long advocates for its members and the only veterans organization that employs licensed nurses and architects, allowing the organization to provide the highest possible quality of life to those with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D).
"How do you tell a 19-year-old Marine, waking up in a hospital room that he’ll never walk again? Or that he has suffered a spinal cord injury so severe, he will not be able to scratch his own ear? For thousands of military service members, this becomes their new reality.
Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) has led the charge to provide high quality care and rehabilitation services for veterans recovering from injuries sustained while serving in the Armed Forces, since 1946. Originally founded during World War II for soldiers wounded on the battlefield, a person’s life expectancy with spinal cord injury in that era was predicted to be anywhere from 18 months to 5 years. Complications can vary, but chronic health problems associated with this degenerative disease are always a factor, and require ongoing interventions for the lifetime of the survivor. Today, Paralyzed Veterans provides healthcare resources and lifestyle accommodations to this population, and veterans living with this injury are thriving well into their 90’s."
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