PVA to Honor Paralyzed Iraqi Freedom Veterans on the 50th Anniversary of Veterans Day

11/6/03 10:30:00 AM


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To: National Desk

Contact: David J. Uchic of Paralyzed Veterans of America, 202-416-7667 or 202-368-7633 (cell)

News Advisory:

Americans of all backgrounds are supporting the servicemen and women who have served and continue to serve in Iraq. In that spirit, the celebratory events sponsored by Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and its 34 chapters on Veterans Day 2003 spotlight the service and sacrifices that our veterans have made, and our armed forces continue to make, on behalf of all Americans.

In Washington:

-- Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans. PVA will host three paralyzed vets who were injured between March and May 2003, while on active duty in Iraq. The Army and Marine Corps veterans, who range in age from 20 to 35 years of age, will be joined by family members for the events commemorating Veterans Day. All have been honorably discharged, and are back home in the states. On Nov. 11, these three special guests will attend a White House Breakfast (8 a.m.), the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery (11 a.m.) and a reception at PVA's national headquarters. VA Secretary Anthony Principi will speak and country recording artist Aaron Tippin will perform (1:30-3:30 p.m.). The Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans are comfortable and adept telling their stories on camera.

-- Lone Star PVA Wheelchair Honor Guard. Formed by paralyzed veterans in Texas three years ago, this unit appears at military funerals when the government is unable to provide rifle teams. Currently, demand for these services far outpaces the number of military funerals. The Lone Star Honor Guard has members who have served in Vietnam and in the Gulf War of 1990-91. They will perform at the Vietnam Women's Memorial Candlelight Ceremony on Nov. 10, 6-7:30 p.m., at the Vietnam Women's Memorial. At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, the honor guard will be at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for a Color Guard Review, followed by participation in the Annual Observance at the Wall (1 p.m.).

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The Paralyzed Veterans of America, a veterans service organization chartered by Congress, has for more than 55 years served the needs of its members, all of whom have catastrophic paralysis caused by spinal cord injury or disease. To learn more about PVA, visit its web site at http://www.pva.org.


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