UPS Awards Landmark Million Dollar Donation to Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Jobs Program
The UPS Foundation will donate $1 million in cash and in-kind support over the next three years to Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans). The funds will be used to support a variety of Paralyzed Veterans’ initiatives, in particular its innovative public-private veteran jobs program Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment), as well as the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, co-presented each year with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Paralyzed Veterans’ annual Americana Gala.
“UPS is a company that truly supports our nation’s veterans and their support of Paralyzed Veterans’ mission throughout the years is an essential reason we are able to provide our services for free to veterans and their families across the U.S.,” said Bill Lawson, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “With this additional funding, we will be able to grow our PAVE program and help many more veterans find jobs while continuing to provide first-class adaptive and rehabilitative sporting opportunities for our veterans each year at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.”
Earlier this year, UPS announced that it is committed to hiring 25,000 veterans over the next five years and giving more than 25,000 employee volunteer hours helping veterans and Veteran Service Organizations (VSO).
“Supporting the Paralyzed Veterans’ PAVE program is just one way UPS continues to recognize and support our military men and women for their service,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “We’ve partnered with Paralyzed Veterans of America for 25 years and our support of the organization runs deep – from providing 300 employee volunteers for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games to making significant contributions to the Americana Gala annual tribute.”
With the additional grant funding, Paralyzed Veterans will expand its PAVE program by launching a ‘Satellite Office Training Program’ for its National Service Officers (NSO) who are currently located in Department of Veterans Affairs’ hospitals across the country. Paralyzed Veterans anticipates they will be able to serve another 2,000-3,000 veterans from 18 PAVE satellite office locations, with this expansion. Additionally, the UPS grant will allow Paralyzed Veterans to introduce concurrent PAVE programs in California and Florida, providing veterans with opportunities for training, counseling, and vocational rehabilitation as they enter the workforce.
To learn more about the PAVE program, visit www.operationpave.org.
About Paralyzed Veterans of America
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 66 years, 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)
Lani Poblete, 202-416-7667
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