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November 18, 2010

PVA Open New Vocational Rehabilitation Center in Augusta-VA

November 17, 2010 01:30 PM Eastern Time

New Augusta Center to Help Reduce Paralyzed Veterans’ Unemployment Rate

Augusta Vocational Rehabilitation Center Will Work With Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Center to Provide Injured Veterans with the Skills They Need To Secure Solid Careers

AUGUSTA, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Paralyzed Veterans of America:

Center Opening and Press Conference


Paralyzed Veterans of America is opening its newest Vocational Rehabilitation Center in Augusta, GA. This center, located at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, will work in conjunction with their spinal cord injury unit to provide both physical rehabilitation as well as vocational training to ensure that injured veterans enhance their skills and secure solid careers. The center also develops relationships with local businesses that express a desire to hire these dedicated and hard working Americans.

Based at the Spinal Cord Unit of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, the vocational center—the fourth of its kind—is being established through an innovative public-private partnership between Paralyzed Veterans, Agility Defense & Government Services (Agility DGS), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The new center will support veterans from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida.

Media are invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony with current veteran participants in the physical and vocational rehabilitation process, vocational counselors, Paralyzed Veterans of America and VA officials, members of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce, and senior managers from Agility Defense & Government Services.

Reporters will have access to the physical as well as vocational rehabilitation centers and can interview selected participants including vocational counselors and veterans in the physical and vocational programs.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

10:00 AM Opening Ceremony

10:20 AM Interview opportunities

10:40 AM Tours of the vocational and rehabilitation centers
(Note: interview times and tours are flexible based on reporter needs)


Local injured veteran and vocational program participant, Kenneth Dixon

OIF/OEF veteran and vocational program participant, Chris Sullivan

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Augusta Chamber of Commerce, Phil Wahl

National President, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Bill Lawson

Vice President, Agility Defense & Government Services, Rich Brooks

Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
950 15th Street, Augusta, GA

Matt Scherbel

1 Comment »

  1. I have just read your announcement of the opening of a new Vocational Rehabilitation Center located in the Spinal Cord Injury Unit of the Charlie Norwood Medical Center in Augusta, GA.

    You have failed to address the real issues of veterans in the Spinal Cord Injury Unit and their families. My husband Rick Alfaro died in the unit just two days from being discharged. Due to the poor quality of care and lack of skilled nursing staff he was left unattended and was found dead due to choking on a tomato. There are many problems at the SCIU that need to be resolved because the veterans are not surviving to go home and live their lives. I am a widow because of negligent care and the VA will not help me or even investigate the persons responsible for my husband’s eath. If the PVA wants to help veterans then clean up the SCIU and force the Veterans Administration to provide a standard of care that will save lives so the veterans can pursue a better life. I think the families of patients that have been injured or lost their lives at the SCIU should be the top priority at this time. My husband suffered a horrible unnecessary death because nobody was doing their job and following orders. I can’t believe that this incident can be overlooked by the Veteran’s Administration and that I have had to beg for assistance for the last 18 months and nothing has been done to help me. A veteran has lost his life and his widow is left without him having to struggle to survive. Your program is not going to resolve the issues that the SCIU has created for the veterans that had to die while expecting the best healthcare that the US Government promised to them. Why don’t you recognize the veterans that did not get the care that they deserved while being treated at the Charlie Norwood Medical Center, SCIU. There are too many outstanding problems that you need to dedicate your resources to before you try to say that you are helping to rehabilitate these veterans. Just make sure that they live to get out of the SCIU. Thank you for your attention.

    Comment by Sharon Alfaro — February 2, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

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