2012 Paralyzed Veterans’ Gala

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

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


WHO:                        Host, Paralyzed Veterans of America

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 disabilities.

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 www.pva.org/gala.


WHEN:            Tuesday, October 2, 2012

6:30 p.m. – Reception

7:00 p.m. – Dinner


WHERE:            Capital Hilton

10001 16th Street NW

Washington, DC





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)

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