PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA
Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Issues: Human Services, Veterans
Location: 9738 Lackland Rd St. Louis MO 63114 USA
We are the leading advocate for quality healthcare, research & education relating to spinal cord injury and dysfunction, benefits available as a result of military service, and civil rights and opportunities which maximize the independence of our members.
Programs: Major programs are PATIENT SERVICES-serving our members while in the hospital; MEMBERSHIP SERVICES-reaching out to our more than 625 members; SPORTS & RECREATION- providing opportunities to participate in sports or other social activities to meet the diverse physical abilities our members represent; ADVOCACY & LEGISLATION-to help our leaders at the local, state and national levels to understand the needs or this group of military veterans; TRANSPORTATION-helping our veterans and other disabled to get to the Jefferson Barracks and John Cochran VA Medical centers; HOSPITAL LIAISON-committee that serves our members at the hospital level by representing them and assuring that they receive excellent care, all geared toward meeting the needs of the honorably discharged spinal cord injured/diseased veterans of the armed forces of the United States of America.
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I was impressed with the way this organization helps others with spinal cord injuries when I volunteered to play Santa Claus for the annual Christmas lunch at Jefferson Barracks VA Hospital five years ago. I was so humbled that I proceeded to volunteer each year thereafter. I can't think of a finer group of people to help!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The veterans were thrilled to be remembered over the holidays. It was a touching scene and not only brought tears to some of their eyes, but my own. That is why I continue to play Santa for them each year. The Chapter put a lot of money into providing lunch for the inpatients and outpatients, as well as purchasing gift bags. They even were as detailed as to remember sugar-free candy for the diabetics so that no one was left out.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Give them more money to expand their programs. I'm unable to do this, though, so I volunteer my time each year to brighten the day of a vet.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
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What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
Send me pictures of the event for a keepsake.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
I've met many good people. Feeling that overwhelming sense of emotion that comes over you every time you visit a veteran in their hospital room and give them a moment of your time to listen to their story or hold their hand and tell them "thank you for your service" was life changing for me.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
I will never forget how it makes me feel to help those who truly need it and I look forward to the event each December.
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