Group steps up to help paralyzed veterans get care amid COVID-19 pandemic
For more than 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans of America has ensured that veterans receive benefits. It has funded research and education ?in the search for cures, and sought to improve care for individuals with paralysis.
Amid the current crisis, paralyzed veterans are facing challenges like a lack of critical supplies, access to specialized health care, caregiver interruptions, worsening PTSD and other serious issues.
Veteran Tom Wheaton has been quarantined at home since March 13, staying isolated to avoid becoming infected with COVID-19. Wheaton lives in Colorado with his wife, who is also his caregiver, and their two children.
He says the stay-at-home order can be the cause of increasing fears for veterans and any adult with a disability.
Wheaton also wants to raise awareness so that the organization can continue to help veterans around the world.
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