I’m reaching out today on behalf of nonprofit, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans). For the past 64 years the organization has been dedicated to helping and empowering those who have served and sacrificed – and their families — for our freedoms.

I want you to know that just because a Veteran wasn’t wounded in combat, doesn’t mean he or she hasn’t sacrificed for our nation. Every Wounded Warrior, every Paralyzed Veteran deserves our highest level of gratitude and Paralyzed Veterans of America has been leading the charge to help take care of those who’ve given so much already.

You may already know that the unemployment rate among veterans with severe disabilities is 85 percent. Clearly our brave men and women deserve a fair shot at the American Dream, a good job with a good company. Yet for our country’s paralyzed veterans, access to the necessities needed to live the highest quality of life is not guaranteed.

Did you know:

More than 44,000 American veterans live with paralysis.
Spinal cord injuries cost up to $3 million per person in healthcare expenses, yet veterans’ benefits aren’t always guaranteed.
An estimated $25 billion in veterans’ benefits dollars goes unclaimed every year.

The good news is Mission: ABLE aims to help our heroes fully live the lives they deserve by enabling paralyzed veterans to:

Access to the military benefits and quality VA health care they have earned.
Get job training and career opportunities they want.
Enjoy competition and camaraderie through adaptive sports.

So who is already on board with their support? The popular band, O.A.R. (Of A Revolution) supports Mission: ABLE and discusses the importance of offering care and assistance to our wounded veterans in a special PSA which can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jB7yGdxI__w

O.A.R. is encouraging people to visit www.mission-able.com and learn more about Paralyzed Veterans and the Mission: ABLE campaign. I ask you to please take a few minutes today and give a “Big Salute” to your returning heroes by learning more about the campaign and sharing with your friends and family.

Take a minute folks, not just on Veterans Day but every day to thank a Veteran for their service. And if you can find a way to give back, even a little, please do because every little bit helps.