Paralyzed Veterans of America Recognizes Corporate Leaders Helping Veterans and Their Families

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National Equipment Mobility Dealers Association, USAA and UPS receive top honors for support of the disability community

Paralyzed Veterans of America's 2018 Mission: ABLE Awards (L to R) Carl Blake, Executive Director, PVA; Robert Wilkie, Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs; David Zurfluh, National President, PVA

Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, joined Paralyzed Veterans of America last night in honoring three companies for their leadership and efforts to expand the rights of the disabled. Over 400 guests attended the 13th annual event, which also raises important funds to help Paralyzed Veterans of America keep their programs and services available, free of charge, to veterans and their families.

“Members of Paralyzed Veterans of America—your advocacy for veterans, your adaptive sports and employment assistance programs, your educational opportunities and scholarships, your battle to ensure veterans with spinal cord injuries and disease are cared for—all of that empowers brave men and women to regain the freedom and independence they fought for,” said Secretary Wilkie during the program.

Three companies received special recognition. The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) from Tampa, Florida received The Access: ABLE Award. The award recognizes NMEDA’s commitment to providing disability and mobility solutions that remove barriers. The Employ: ABLE Award was presented to USAA based in San Antonio, Texas for leadership in veteran employment. Finally, UPS, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, received The Sustain: ABLE Award. UPS has provided corporate support of the Paralyzed Veterans of America mission, programs and services for many years.

“We are honored to recognize these outstanding companies,” said David Zurfluh, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “Their leadership and dedication to helping further the Paralyzed Veterans of America mission is critical to our continued success as we advocate on behalf of our nation’s veterans.”

Significant contributions from corporate America made the evening possible. Leidos, a FORTUNE® 500 science and technology leader, served as the presenting sponsor. Penske Automotive Group and Penske Truck Leasing provided support at the platinum level. Additional corporate support was provided by over 40 companies and foundations. Learn more about the Mission: ABLE Awards at

About Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For more than 70 years, the organization has ensured that veterans receive the benefits earned through service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.

As a life-long partner and advocate for veterans and all people with disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, and provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation. With more than 70 offices and 33 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans of America serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Learn more at

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Pictured at Paralyzed Veterans of America's 2018 Mission: ABLE Awards (from L to R) David Zurfluh, National President, Paralyzed Veterans of America; Eduardo Martinez, President, The UPS Foundation, UPS Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer; Pat Teague, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, USAA; Danny Langfield, Chief Executive Officer, NMEDA; Carl Blake, Executive Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America; and Shaun Castle, Deputy Executive Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America.