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Review for Paralyzed Veterans of America, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

It saddens me to read the negative comments people like to share on sites such as this one. People are so quick to judge an organization before ever asking one of its members what their opinion is of the organization. Personally, the veterans served by the organization are the only opinions that matter when it comes to judging the worthiness of the organization as a whole.

My husband is a life member of the PVA. He broke his neck while serving his country in the Air Force. The PVA has provided many invaluable services to him. The PVA serves as our paralyzed veterans' voice to Congress. They provide assistance with obtaining benefits from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, which has a lot of red-tape involved. They cut through that tape faster than any individual has ever been able to. They provide countless adaptive sporting events throughout the year that gives the veterans a chance to live again. They have provided millions to research & development for new therapies and treatments for spinal cord injury. The list goes on and on, but hopefully you see the point I'm trying to make. My husband sacrificed so much while serving his country and is still paying that price today. How could you honestly post a comment on here complaining about the fundraising tactics and "nickels" wasted when that very same fundraising campaign not only brings in valuable donations but heightens the community's awareness of the organization.

Before you criticize an organization based solely on their "fundraising tactics," salaries, etc., please speak directly to one of the hundreds of thousands of paralyzed veterans in America and get their opinion.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a wife to one of our country's paralyzed veterans, I've witnessed first-hand the wonderful benefits this organization provides to its members. The organization requires a large staff to support its functions across the nation. People shouldn't be so quick to judge or make condescending remarks. The services of this organization are worth every penny of the support staff required to make it happen.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue doing what you are doing. You are making a difference in our veterans' lives and you are appreciated tremendously. Thank you!

Role:  General Member of the Public & Attended the recent National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Pittsburgh, PA sponsored by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.