The Paralyzed Veterans of America

Heimburger, Robert F.
March 2006
PN;Mar2006, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p55
Trade Publication
The article recounts the pioneering efforts of the author together with former military officer L. W. Freeman that led to paraplegia wards during World War II, increased life expectancy for spinal-cord injured (SCI) patients, and the start of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). The author, Freeman and staff at the Mayo General Hospital in Galesburg, Illinois, developed a treatment and care routine for paraplegic military personnel. They performed surgery and designed more accessible accommodations. Finally, they formed PVA as a way for paraplegics to help each other and make their needs known.


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