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Burns, Michael
May 2005
PN;May2005, Vol. 59 Issue 5, p64
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The article provides information about the people related to Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) chapters. James E. Smith, founder of two PVA chapters, former national vice president , president and founder of the American Wheelchair Veterans Association, PVA Speedy Award winner and good friend died in his sleep at home in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was a complicated man who by sheer force of will made the then Veterans Administration build a Spinal Cord Injury Unit in San Diego. Smith founded the Cal-Diego PVA chapter after tirelessly lobbying the congressional delegation and National PVA.


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