Paralyzed Veterans of America Welcomes Presidential Initiatives on Jobs

Sep 09, 2011, 12:30 ET from Paralyzed Veterans of America

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is welcoming President Obama's jobs initiatives. The plan was unveiled to a joint session of Congress last night.

"I think most Americans would agree that veterans deserve a fair shot at the American Dream -- and at the heart of that dream is a good job at a good company or organization. We welcome the president making this one of his top priorities, especially with veterans unemployment being so high," said Homer S. Townsend, Jr., national executive director of Paralyzed Veterans. "Tackling unemployment is a complex problem, and no one has the perfect solution. So we need all leaders, and all sectors -- public and private -- to play their part to get this economy moving for everyone, and especially our unemployed veterans who have so many great skills to offer."

Paralyzed Veterans has been leading the way to empower unemployed veterans with disabilities. Founded in 2007, Paralyzed Veterans' Operation PAVE (Paving Access to Veterans Employment) is a public private-partnership to empower veterans with the skills they need to secure good jobs and careers, while matching them with employers with vacancies.

About Paralyzed Veterans of America:
Sixty-five years ago Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a band of spinal cord injured service members who returned home from World War II to a grateful nation—but also to a world with few solutions to the challenges they faced. These veterans from the "Greatest Generation" made a decision not just to live, but to live with dignity as contributors to society. They created an organization dedicated to veterans service, medical research and civil rights for people with disabilities. And for more than six decades, Paralyzed Veterans of America and its 34 chapters have been working to create an America where all veterans and people with disabilities, and their families, have everything they need to thrive. (

SOURCE Paralyzed Veterans of America