Paralyzed Veterans of America Approaches Its 75th Year, Unveils Anniversary Logo, and Newly Renamed Veterans Career Program
By PVA National Staff
Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) unveiled the anniversary logo and the new name of their successful employment program. PVA’s Veterans Career Program, formerly referred to as Paving Access for Veterans Employment or PAVE, will continue offering high-touch, one-on-one support to members of the veteran community, with a focus on those with catastrophic injuries or other barriers, to help them find meaningful employment, education, and volunteer opportunities – just under a new name.
The update comes as PVA reveals its 75th anniversary logo, featuring its year of establishment, patriotic colors, a service member in a wheelchair, and five stars that reflect each branch of the armed forces the organization has served since its inception.
Both the logo and newly renamed career program are consistent with PVA’s ongoing efforts to add more clarity and uniformity to its programming. In May, PVA will officially kick off its 75th anniversary celebration with the launch of a new public awareness campaign. As the months unfold, more details about the campaign will be unveiled.
“There is no better time than today to celebrate our rich history and formally announce the new name of our employment program,” said PVA National President, David Zurfluh.
“Year after year PVA strives to better serve our nation’s veterans, their families and caregivers by helping them live more independently and easing the challenges of everyday life. Together, with our partners and supporters, we are making a difference and improving lives through invaluable programs, like our Veterans Career Program. While the name may be different, rest assured, the quality, services and assistance it provides remains untouched. As we enter our seventy-fifth year, we look forward to continuing to be a partner for life through our Veterans Career Program.”
The Veterans Career Program was launched in 2007 to ensure PVA members, veterans with catastrophic or significant disabilities and their spouses and caregivers have access to meaningful employment, educational and volunteer opportunities.
The program consists of a team of vocational rehabilitation counselors and employment analysts that support veterans, caregivers and military spouses at every stage of their career from resume writing and interviewing to profile building and networking.
These experts also go a step further, helping individuals evaluate transferable skills, requesting workplace accommodations, finding positions that build on their experience and interests, and helping build the confidence veterans need to be successful in their positions.
Since its launch, the program has assisted nearly 5,000 members of the veteran community find meaningful careers, many of whom were not eligible for other programs.
The program extended their reach with the launch of PVA Veterans Careen Live, (formerly known as PAVE Connect), an online engagement initiative for veterans with disabilities or other barriers which prevent them from attending or fully participating in traditional hiring events. Through a series of informal virtual sessions, program participants learn directly from career experts and network with employers and industry experts.
To learn more visit PVA.org/VeteransCareerProgram.