WASHINGTON — In honor of the significant milestone of the D-Day landings and the battle of Normandy, France on June 6th, Paralyzed Veterans of America is commemorating all of the heroes whose lives were lost, and those who came home after the global fight for freedom nearly 75 years ago.

“On this pivotal day in history, it is important to honor the bravery and sacrifice of all those who secured freedom for every human being around the world,” said David Zurfluh, a disabled Air Force veteran and national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “We must also remember the many heroes who came home after World War II with catastrophic injuries and faced many challenges.

That was the foundation for which Paralyzed Veterans of America was created, with a mission to empower our courageous veterans with spinal cord injuries to regain what they fought for — freedom and independence. We would not be here today without those heroes.”

Regrettably, there are only around 443,000 out of the 16 million Americans who fought in World War II still alive. PVA currently has 129 members who served during World War II.

Almost 75 years after D-Day, PVA remains committed to helping veterans and their families to rebuild their lives after service. PVA ensures veterans receive life-changing care, caregiver support and job training, secures veterans’ benefits, funds breakthrough medical research, and advocates for vital veterans’ issues.

For more information on PVA’s services and programs, please visit pva.org.

About Paralyzed Veterans of America:  Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For more than 70 years, the organization has ensured that veterans receive the benefits earned through service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.

As a life-long partner and advocate for veterans and all people with disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, and provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation. With more than 70 offices and 33 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans of America serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Learn more at pva.org.

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