Paralyzed Veterans Honor Langevin
(Warwick, R.I.) Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) presented Congressman Jim Langevin with the 2007 Congressional Award at its annual Americana Gala in Washington, DC, on September 13. Langevin was recognized for his long-time support of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, as well of issues of concern to all veterans and all individuals with disabilities.
“I have had the privilege of meeting with local and national members of PVA over the years, and I am truly humbled to receive this recognition,” said Langevin, co-chair of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus. “While we have made great progress in some areas, we still have a long way to go to make sure that all of our paralyzed veterans are given the care and resources they deserve. I am proud to be part of a Congress that is on the verge of passing the biggest increase in VA funding in over 75 years. I will continue to make my voice heard and to make a difference.”
There are currently about 25 million brave veterans and 51 million people with disabilities—with 11,000 new spinal cord injuries reported annually. PVA works tirelessly to create an America where veterans’ benefits and health care are fully funded; where everywhere is barrier free for everyone; where wheelchair sports are mainstream; and, where the scientific community is amply funded to strive for new treatments and cures.
This year’s additional honorees were:
• The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Secretary of Labor, who received the 2007 Honor for Public Service for her enduring service and her advocacy for the veteran community;
• The Honorable Max Cleland, former U.S. Senator (GA), who received the 2007 Patriotic Award for his enduring advocacy for veterans with disabilities;
• Mr. Michael Graves, FAIA, Michael Graves & Associates, who received the 2007 Health and Design Award, for his current efforts to maximize the independence of people with disabilities and his leadership and innovation in the creation of quality medical devices; and
• UPS which received the 2007 Award for Corporate Leadership, for its enduring advocacy for people with disabilities and veterans with disabilities.