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Stop and See Us at PVA 7th Annual Summit + Expo in National Harbor, MD

The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) 7th Annual Summit + Expo is being held on August 29 – 31, 2017 in National Harbor, MD. The Paralyzed Veterans of America has a long track record of helping to change lives and build brighter futures for those who live with SCI and related diseases.

This year’s focus will be Microvascular Disruption and the Potential Therapeutic Stem Cells in SCI, Gene Therapy Approach, TBI Chronic Encephalopathy and PTSD as well as the Impact of Co-Morbidity in MS.

Some of the keynote speakers include Dr. David Carroll, Executive Director in the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at the Veterans Health Administration, and Kathleen Costello, Associate Vice-President of Healthcare Access for National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

To learn more about the event, please click here

While visiting the PVA Summit Expo, please stop by MobilityWorks Booth #108. Representatives will be on hand to answer all of your wheelchair accessible transportation questions. We look forward to seeing you there!


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USS Arizona Survivors Visit Washington DC

Lauren Bruner, Ken Potts and Donald Stratton are three of the five remaining survivors of the USS Arizona. During a recent visit to Washington DC they attended a formal wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The men were honored with a certificate and a coin from the Old Guard Third Infantry Regiment, who guard the tomb.

The survivors were also able to visit the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Memorials. They spent time at the Pentagon and met with President Trump in the Oval Office.

More importantly, they came to Washington DC to lobby for the Navy Cross to be posthumously awarded to Joe George, the man responsible for saving both Bruner and Stratton, when the USS Arizona was attacked.

MobilityWorks was very happy to donate the use of 3 wheelchair vans to these amazing men and their families, so that they could travel easily around the city.  

The USS Arizona

The USS Arizona was attacked in Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. The USS Arizona remains where she sank in Pearl Harbor, as a Memorial to the lives lost that day. For more information please visit:   http://www.ussarizona.org/

Photos courtesy http://www.ussarizona.org

37th Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games

The 37th Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games is right around the corner. The games are being held in Cincinnati, Ohio from July 17th to July 22nd, 2017. Local Cincinnati venues where most of the events are being held include: Duke Energy Convention Center; Stargel Stadium; Fairfield Sportsmen’s Association; and the Powel Crosley Jr YMCA. There are 19 different sports to watch and attendance is free.

The games will also feature a Kids Day on the 19th for children with disabilities in the Cincinnati area.

Co-presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), athletes from all over the United States will be participating in the games. Any veteran with a spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis, amputations and other neurological injuries that uses a wheelchair for sport, and is eligible for care through the VA, can participate!

While in town enjoying the games, stop at the Recreation & Fitness Expo located at the Duke Energy Center, Booth #129 on Monday, July 17th. We will have an exhibit, and look forward to seeing you.

To learn more about the NVWG and how to volunteer click here.

Country Music Stars Donate Wheelchair to Wounded Veteran

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The country duo Florida Georgia Line are quickly becoming some of the biggest stars in music. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard released their third album last year, and have been touring all over North America in 2017.  As a part of their “Dig your Roots” tour the group decided they wanted to do something special. Earlier this month they donated an all-terrain wheelchair to retired Army Staff Sergeant Shane Savage. Shane and his family also received free tickets to the show — and just days prior were told the exciting news that they would get to meet the band and be part of a special presentation.

To make this all possible, the band partnered with The Independence Fund, a non-profit organization based out of Charlotte, NC that was founded in 2007. Over the past 10 years, they have donated 1,750 off-road power chairs to America’s heroes. The organization has also received national media attention with the support of Fox News.

The wheelchair that was donated is an Action Trackchair, which instead of wheels, has a durable rubber track similar to that of a military vehicle. This allows the user to travel across practically any terrain including water, mud or snow. It comes complete with an easy to maneuver joystick control  and can be tilted 20 degrees in any direction.

Florida Georgia Line will be donating several more wheelchairs as they continue their tour this summer. Congratulations to Shane and we thank you for your service to our country!

Click here for more information on The Independence Fund and to find out how you can get involved.

Veterans Mobility Safety Act Passes in Congress

Several veteran and mobility related organizations have been working together for months to help get House Bill 3471 passed.  Known as the Veterans Mobility Safety Act, it now only needs President Obama to sign the bill into law which is expected to happen later this month.

The Veterans Mobility Safety Act will require vendors who supply veterans with accessible equipment to demonstrate compliance with quality and safety standards. The money that veterans receive for accessible products comes from the Automobile Adaptive Equipment program (AAE). Organizations such as Paralyzed Veterans of America and NMEDA (National Mobility Equipment Dealer Association) applauded the new regulations.

“Requiring that vendors offering AAE services be certified in accordance with minimum quality and safety standards is simply a matter of common-sense.” said Dave Hubbard, CEO of NMEDA.

Several other veteran-related bills passed in the house this week and will now go to the senate for consideration. An amendment to the No Hero Left Untreated Act calls for a one-year pilot program. Under this act, veterans returning from overseas will receive free care and treatment for conditions like PTSD, TBI and chronic pain. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2016 was created last week. It will require the Department of Labor to better recognize employers’ efforts to recruit and retain veteran employees.

Here at MobilityWorks, we are proud to assist our veterans every day, and we thank them for their service and sacrifices. Click here for more information on Veterans Assistance Resources.

MobilityWorks is a member of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), which supports more than 600 mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers and driver rehabilitation specialists in the U.S. and Canada. NMEDA is committed to providing citizens with safe and reliable adaptive transportation through our Quality Assurance Program (QAP) and QAP Accredited Dealers like MobilityWorks.