Paralyzed Veterans of America Opens New National Service Office in Las Vegas

7/11/03 5:00:00 PM


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To: National Desk

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

WASHINGTON, July 11 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) will proudly unveil its latest National Service Office, located within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) East Las Vegas Clinic Building in Las Vegas, NV, next week.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, July 15 at 11 a.m. The following dignitaries will be on hand: PVA Senior Vice President Tom Wheaton, Nevada PVA President Lupo Quitoriano, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center Director John Hempel. The address of the East Clinic is: 3131 La Canada St., Las Vegas, 702-636-6360.

"This new PVA National Service Office could not come at a better time," said Louis Irvin, PVA's associate executive director for veterans benefits. "Las Vegas is one of the most rapidly growing areas of our country, and the rising veteran population there warrants this new facility. PVA is proud to provide these much-needed services."

Among other duties, PVA's national service officers closely monitor the staffing and operating bed levels at all 23 VA spinal cord injury centers. Such monitoring prompted higher levels of staffing for the VA's spinal cord injury centers and more beds so that more veterans with spinal cord dysfunction received better and timelier care than before.

Statistics compiled by VA for FY 2002 indicate that Nevada has an estimated veteran population of 241,248. That veteran population was allocated $209.25 million in VA-provided medical services and administrative costs. VA's Southern Healthcare System (VASNHS) delivers health-care services to more than 35,000 patients annually.

Founded in 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of individuals with spinal cord injury or disease. PVA is a dynamic, broad-based organization with more than 20,000 members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. To learn more about PVA, visit its web site at http://www.pva.org.


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