3 Top Resources for Vets with SCI
By Tara Mogan
Veterans with a spinal cord injury (SCI) may receive up to 100 percent monthly disability compensation, and additional compensation for lost use of hands or feet. Service-connected disabilities are also often eligible for such benefits as counseling, adaptive housing, and financial assistance for at-home care. The following organizations are among the top resources for veterans with SCI:
Paralyzed Veterans of America
According to the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), there are roughly 100,000 veterans with SCI or spinal cord disease. Founded 70 years ago by WWII veterans with service-related spinal cord injuries, PVA strives to empower America’s Wounded Warriors with freedom and independence. PVA is a non-profit organization focused on veterans’ services, medical research and civil rights for veterans with disabilities. Find more information at https://secure.pva.org.
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Military and Veterans Program (MVP)
Even Superman needed help. Named for actor Christopher Reeve and his wife Dana, this Foundation’s Military and Veterans Program incorporates community expertise for service men and women living with paralysis, whether combat-related or not. MVP experts create a customized care plan that includes medical and quality of life resources. Learn more about this program at https://www.christopherreeve.org/get-support/military-veterans-program-mvp.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The VA Health Care Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders System of Care is an extensive “Hub and Spokes” model that coordinates a life-long continuum of care for Veterans with spinal cord injury or disorder.
The 24 SCI Centers are considered the “hubs,” which work with designated medical facilities across the country without SCI Centers, referred to as “spokes” in this integrated model of care. Each hub offers specially trained providers such as doctors, nurses, therapists, psychologists, social workers that work together to provide holistic care for SCI patients. Find out more at http://www.sci.va.gov.