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The PVA Membership Application and the Certification of Membership Eligibility Form have now been merged in to one document. The Membership/Certification Application form will officially go into effect June 15, 2016.
All applicants must now submit a copy of the following documents with the Membership/Certification Application:
- Proof of U.S. or U.S. Territorial Citizenship (Birth Certificate, Passport, INS Form, or Voter’s Registration Form). **Original passport must be seen before being copied.
- DD214 showing character of discharge. **No longer accepting VA Medical Services Card.
- Medical Evidence of spinal cord injury or involvement (medical records or physician’s statement). **Medical evidence will be reviewed by Medical Services for determination of membership eligibility.
Please note that the applicant has the option to not be certified (check box on page 2), however, the required documents must still be submitted with the application.
Current members who joined using the old membership application and wish to be certified must complete the Membership/Certification Application form and provide the required documents. Requests for certification only
, can bypass the membership department and emailed directly to Larry Dodson, email@example.com
Paralyzed Veterans of America Names Longtime Veteran Advocate to Lead Veterans Benefits Department
Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is pleased to announce Peter Gaytan as associate executive director of its Veterans Benefits Department. Gaytan, an Air Force veteran, brings extensive experience in both nonprofit management, and veterans’ benefits and advocacy to the organization. Gaytan has held various positions at a number of large veterans’ service organizations, and is widely regarded as an expert in his field having appeared on national media outlets like CNN, CBS and Fox News to discuss veterans’ issues.
“It’s an honor to work for an organization that advocates for some of our nation’s most catastrophically injured veterans,” said Gaytan. “I’m excited to join the Paralyzed Veterans of America team and continue the important work of ensuring these veterans have all that they need to live long, productive lives.”
Gaytan has been advocating for America’s veterans and fighting to secure and protect their earned benefits for two decades. His experience includes managing the oversight and administration of benefits delivery, legislative portfolios, veterans’ health and rehabilitation, education and employment, and communications and public policy. He has extensive experience working with Congress and the Administration to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims process as well as the quality and timeliness of health care delivery within the Veterans Health Administration.
Gaytan is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as an avionics technician, Honor Guard training flight instructor, military protocol liaison and port mortuary assistant. Gaytan has provided final honors for more than 200 military funerals. He also served four years in the Air Force Reserve as a Public Affairs Specialist. During his service, he earned the Air Force Commendation Medal; Air Force Achievement Medal; Good Conduct Medal and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Ribbon.
Gaytan holds a B.A. in Political Science from Wesley College, and is a graduate of the Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Maryland. He and his wife manage a non-profit therapeutic horseback riding program, providing lessons for veterans and their families free of charge. He is also a published author of the book “For Service To Your Country: The Insider’s Guide to Veterans’ Benefits”.
Veterans Benefits, the largest program area of Paralyzed Veterans, works through a nationwide network of 69 offices primarily co-located within VA spinal cord injury centers. This proximity makes Paralyzed Veterans service officers first responders who routinely oversee their care in Department of Veterans Affairs, ensure that they know and receive their benefits, and discuss options for education and employment—all from the bedside.
Last year, Paralyzed Veterans of America secured more than $1 billion in VA benefits for its veteran clients, and nearly $300 million in new annual and retroactive benefits. Such benefits include adaptive equipment, auto grants, burial grants, education, insurance, and others.
Keep Better Track of Your VA Health Information Online
Back in 2013 VA became the first nationwide healthcare system to offer patient access to all clinical notes. Veterans with a Premium My HealtheVet account can easily access their clinical visit notes (VA Notes).
Through HealtheVet you can:Keep Up with All of Your VA Appointments
Refilll Your Prescriptions
Secure Message With Your VA Healthcare Team
Know the facts. Save a life.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Supporter Ben Affleck
Paralyzed Veterans of America - Colonial Chapter
356 E. Main Street, Suite 103
Newark, DE 19711
The Paralyzed Veterans of America, Colonial Chapter is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Veterans Service Organization