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Paralyzed Veterans of America to Honor Outstanding Leadership of Those Improving the Lives of Veterans with Disabilities

September 26, 2012

Apple, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Vehicle Production Group, QTC and the Nugent Residence Hall and the Disability Resources & Educational Services Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Among Honorees at 2012 Paralyzed Veterans’ Gala

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is being released by Paralyzed Veterans of America:

    WHO:                     Host, Paralyzed Veterans of

    Keynote Speaker, Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., USN,
     Vice Chairman, The Joint Chiefs of Staff

    2012 Americana Gala Honorees:
    The Access-ABLE Award: Honoring Apple, for innovation
     in creating accessible technologies to improve the
     personal and professional lives of veterans and all
     people with disabilities.
    The Unstop-ABLE Award: Honoring Vehicle Production
     Group (VPG), for innovation in support of Paralyzed
     Veterans' mission to maximize the independence of our
     members and all people with disabilities.
    The Achieve-ABLE Award: Honoring U.S. Chamber of
     Commerce - Hiring Our Heroes program, for innovation
     and leadership that recognizes the entrepreneurial
     spirit of today's veterans especially those with severe
    The Employ-ABLE Award: Honoring QTC - A Lockheed Martin
     Company, for leadership and financial support to end
     unemployment among veterans with disabilities, through
     Paralyzed Veterans' Operation PAVE program.
    The 2012 Barrier-Free America Award: Honoring the
     Nugent Residence Hall and the Disability Resources &
     Educational Services (DRES) Program at the University
     of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, for the highly
     accessible design and outstanding individual
     contribution to the importance of equal access for
     veterans with disabilities.
    Master of Ceremonies: Jennifer Griffin, FOX News
     Channel, National Security Correspondent

    WHAT:                    Paralyzed Veterans' Americana
                             Gala is an inspirational annual
                             fundraising event. It both
                             honors extraordinary leaders,
                             who help our nation's paralyzed
                             veterans and their families, and
                             highlights the vital role that
                             Paralyzed Veterans of America
                             programs have in improving the
                             quality of life for veterans
                             with disabilities.

    This year, Paralyzed Veterans of America will pay
     tribute to those individuals and organizations that
     have made major contributions to help veterans with
     disabilities rebuild their lives -through technology,
     architecture, accessibility, and employment.

    Proceeds from the Gala will benefit Paralyzed Veterans
     of America and its Mission: ABLE campaign which helps
     our heroes fully live the lives they deserve and
     receive what they need most: Care, Benefits and Jobs.

    For more information about the gala or to learn more
     about sponsorship opportunities, please visit

    WHEN:                   Tuesday, October 2, 2012
                            6:30 p.m. - Reception
                            7:00 p.m. - Dinner

    WHERE:                  Capital Hilton
                            10001 16th Street NW
                            Washington, DC 20036

Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously injured American heroes from the “Greatest Generation” of World War II. They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they faced back in the 1940s — from a medical community not ready to treat them to an inaccessible world. For more than six decades, Paralyzed Veterans’ national office and its 34 chapters across the nation have been making America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities. (www.pva.org)

SOURCE Paralyzed Veterans of America

Source: PR Newswire