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Group steps up to help paralyzed veterans get care amid COVID-19 pandemic

An organization is helping paralyzed veterans get the care they need during the coronavirus pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Apr 18, 2020, 11:17 PM

Updated 1,521 days ago


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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