Spinal Cord Injuries

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    Trauma or damage to the column of nervous tissue that extends from the medulla to the second lumbar vertebra in the spinal canal. All nerves to the trunk and limbs are issued from the spinal cord, and it is the center of reflex action containing the conducting paths to and from the brain.

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    Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
    1Veterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System - HJ Heinz CampusVA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) is an integrated health care system that proudly serves the Veteran population throughout the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. VAPHS consists of two clinical care facilities in Pittsburgh as well as five community based outpatient clinics. The H.J. Heinz campus is home to a 262-bed community living center as well as an ambulatory care center that offers outpatient services including dental, primary care, pharmacy and rehabilitation services. The campus also offers a 65-bed Veterans recovery center and 31 psychiatric residential rehabilitation treatment beds.AlleghenyVeterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare SystemUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
    Chariots of HopeChariots of Hope, a nonprofit organization, has been established for the purpose of collecting used wheelchairs. The donated wheelchairs are then repaired and distributed, at no cost to the recipient, to those in need. Visit their website to request or donate a wheelchair. Chariots of HopeChariots of Hope
    Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation-Gift of LifeTo promote the health and well-being of people living with spinal cord injuries, mobility impairments and paralysis by providing information, education and referral services. Quality of Life grants program awards grants to non-profit organizations that provide services to individuals with paralysis. Also supports research to develop treatments and cures for spinal cord injuries. Christopher and Dana Reeve FoundationChristopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
    Darrell Gwynn FoundationThe Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to provide support for people with paralysis and prevent spinal cord injuries. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation's Education & Prevention Program strives to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries while also revealing the foundation's other initiatives. To accomplish this, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will educate young people about ways that they can prevent a spinal cord injury by encouraging them to think twice before participating in destructive decisions and risky behavior particularly: distracted driving, impaired driving, not wearing seatbelts, underage drinking, playing with guns, diving in unknown waters and dangerous practices while playing sports or exercising. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation's Education & Prevention program will encourage young people to make positive decisions in their lives with the intention of reducing the number of new spinal cord injuries. Through the Darrell Gwynn Foundation's Education & Prevention Program, we strive to be the national leader in spinal cord injury education and prevention. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation is dedicated to supporting people with paralysis by giving the gift of mobility and assisting patients recovering from spinal cord injuries. Darrell Gwynn FoundationDarrell Gwynn Foundation
    Darrell Gwynn Foundation - Wheelchair Donation ProgramThe Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to provide support for people with paralysis and prevent spinal cord injuries. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation is dedicated to supporting people with paralysis by giving the gift of mobility and assisting patients recovering from spinal cord injuries. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donates custom power and manual wheelchairs to children and adults facing medical and financial hardships.Darrell Gwynn FoundationDarrell Gwynn Foundation
    Erie County Veterans Affairs Medical Center - VA Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders ProgramProvides assistance and care management to Veterans who have a spinal cord or related injury. This team helps Veterans on an ongoing basis to address their needs while dealing with a spinal cord injury while providing education on VA benefits and services to those Veterans. Referrals are made to the Cleveland VA SCI Center for acute rehab needs, an annual evaluation, and specialty services as needed.ErieErie County Veterans Affairs Medical CenterErie Veterans Affairs Medical Center
    Keystone Paralyzed Veterans of AmericaAssists veterans in applying for Veterans Admin. benefits. Other programs include legislative advocacy, accessibility, spinal cord injury/disease research, bi-monthly newsletter, sports and recreation.AlleghenyKeystone Paralyzed Veterans of AmericaParalyzed Veterans of America
    LifeNets - The Wheelchair ProjectThe goal of LifeNet's Wheelchair Project is to put wheelchairs that are not currently being used into the hands of someone who can benefit from them. LifeNet's Wheelchair Project is for those living in the United States. The program is designed to facilitate the exchange of wheelchairs between individuals and is not for the use of vendors or distributors. LifeNetsLifeNets
    National Veterans Wheelchair GamesThe Games are multi-event sports and rehabilitation program open to U.S. military service veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, certain neurological conditions, amputations or other mobility impairments. Veterans compete in a variety of adaptive sports, including wheelchair basketball, quad rugby, archery, triathlon, track and field, swimming, softball, slalom, nine ball and boccia.Paralyzed Veterans of AmericaParalyzed Veterans of America
    Paralyzed Veterans of America - Operation PAVEOperation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment is a Paralyzed Veterans of America's vocational rehabilitation program, supports America’s paralyzed veterans in their search for good jobs and meaningful careers while helping employers strengthen their workforce with hard-working, gifted employees. Many of America’s 44,000 paralyzed veterans are unemployed. Research and clinical studies have shown that providing an individual with a vocational focus is critical to their successful transition to living with paralysis. Access to education and career opportunities is essential to boost quality of life, reduce chronic health issues and improve the financial stability of veterans and their families. Traditional vocational rehabilitation models have been ineffective in preparing our nation’s paralyzed and disabled veterans to reenter the workforce and remain there. That’s why Paralyzed Veterans’ is working to overcome the vocational challenges that face veterans living with spinal cord injuries, and all persons with disabilities, at our six vocational rehabilitation centers located across the country. At each, PAVE counselors work hand-in-hand with the veteran, medical staff, PVA’s national service officers and physical therapists to:
    • Explore career options early on in a paralyzed veteran’s medical rehabilitation,
    • Assist veterans to find the appropriate educational opportunities, job training, skill improvements, etc.,
    • Connect veterans to a network of hiring employers.
    Paralyzed Veterans of AmericaParalyzed Veterans of America
    United Spinal AssociationUnited Spinal Association is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including veterans, and providing support and information to loved ones, care providers and professionals. We believe no person should be excluded from opportunity on the basis of their disability. Our goal is to provide people living with SCI/D programs and services that maximize their independence and enable them to remain active in their communities. United Spinal is committed to advancing public policies that lead to greater civil rights and independence for people with disabilities. We believe in:
    • Access to Quality Affordable Healthcare,
    • Employment Opportunities, Self Sufficiency and Independent Living,
    • Consumer Directed Quality Health Care and Community Integration,
    • Preservation of Social Security Benefits,
    • Protecting the Rights of People with Disabilities.
    United Spinal AssociationUnited Spinal Association
    Veterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System - HJ Heinz Campus: Spinal Cord Injury and Disease ClinicVA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's Spinal Cord Injury and Disease (SCI/D) Clinic provides coordinated, interdisciplinary health care to veterans who meet VA's criteria for spinal cord injury/disorders. The mission is to support and maintain the health, independence, quality of life, and productivity of veterans with spinal cord injury and disorders throughout their lives. These objectives are accomplished through rehabilitation, sustaining medical and surgical care, psychological support, patient education, and family caregiver support. VA has the largest single network of SCI/D care in the nation. VA services are delivered through a “hub and spoke” system of care, extending from regional SCI/D centers offering primary care by multidisciplinary teams (hubs) to the SCI/D primary care teams (spokes) at local VA medical centers. The VA Pittsburgh SCI Primary Care Clinic is a spoke clinic operating under the clinical supervision of the Cleveland VA SCI Center. The Pittsburgh SCI/D Clinic provides comprehensive annual evaluations that focus on the management of long-term complications of spinal cord injuries in addition to specialized prevention and medical treatment. The VA Pittsburgh SCI multidisciplinary team is comprised of the SCI primary care physician, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, a clinic coordinator/ social worker, a clinical nurse specialist, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a healthcare technician and a psychologist. The clinic is located at the Heinz campus and operates On Mondays and Wednesdays. The SCl/D Primary Clinic has an established relationship with the local chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. AlleghenyVeterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare SystemUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
    VetsFirstVetsFirst is a program of United Spinal Association that assists veterans and their eligible family members in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to, deserve and need. They advocate nationally for all generations of veterans, including individuals living with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. They connect with over 2,000 veterans annually through our call center and online help desk, Ask VetsFirst. Their staff tackles each case individually, taking the time to discuss self-help tips and assist with questions on military separation, claims appeals, and state benefits. They also offer assistance and representation in claims for benefits and services before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition to providing individual support and counseling services, VetsFirst offers timely news and information across the spectrum of issues presently impacting veterans, including guides on self-help, state benefits, separating from the military, as well as exclusive feature stories on military health care and VA funding and compensation. Ask VetsFirst is a free support service for Veterans and their family members. You can find Knowledge Books on a wide range of veterans issues and topics. You can also submit a request and have one of our counselors answer your questions. If you have questions regarding your Veterans Benefits or benefits that your family members may be entitled to, VetsFirst can help you. VetsFirst Knowledgebooks include:
    • Veterans Guide to VA Benefits
    • Veterans Guide to VA Healthcare
    • Legal Bases of VA Benefits
    • Detailed Overview of the VA Benefits System
    • Advanced Guide to VA Compensation or Pension
    • Unique Aspects of Veterans Laws
    • Specific VA Claim Guidance
    • Disabled Veterans Employment and Education
    • Useful VA Forms
    • How To Ask VetsFirst
    • VA Facilities Locator
    • VA Acronyms & Terms
    • VA Spinal Cord Injury System
    • VA Spinal Cord Injury Centers
    United Spinal AssociationUnited Spinal Association

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