New Augusta Center to Help Reduce Paralyzed Veterans’ Unemployment Rate

Augusta Vocational Rehabilitation Center Will Work With Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Center to Provide Injured Veterans with the Skills They Need To Secure Solid Careers

AUGUSTA, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Paralyzed Veterans of America:

Center Opening and Press Conference

 

WHAT:

         

Paralyzed Veterans of America is opening its newest Vocational Rehabilitation Center in Augusta, GA. This center, located at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, will work in conjunction with their spinal cord injury unit to provide both physical rehabilitation as well as vocational training to ensure that injured veterans enhance their skills and secure solid careers. The center also develops relationships with local businesses that express a desire to hire these dedicated and hard working Americans.

 
Based at the Spinal Cord Unit of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, the vocational center—the fourth of its kind—is being established through an innovative public-private partnership between Paralyzed Veterans, Agility Defense & Government Services (Agility DGS), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
 
The new center will support veterans from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida.
 

INTERVIEWS AND PHOTOS:

Media are invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony with current veteran participants in the physical and vocational rehabilitation process, vocational counselors, Paralyzed Veterans of America and VA officials, members of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce, and senior managers from Agility Defense & Government Services.
 
Reporters will have access to the physical as well as vocational rehabilitation centers and can interview selected participants including vocational counselors and veterans in the physical and vocational programs.
 

WHEN:

Thursday, November 18, 2010

10:00 AM Opening Ceremony

10:20 AM Interview opportunities

10:40 AM Tours of the vocational and rehabilitation centers

(Note: interview times and tours are flexible based on reporter needs)
 

WHO:

Local injured veteran and vocational program participant, Kenneth Dixon

OIF/OEF veteran and vocational program participant, Chris Sullivan

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Augusta Chamber of Commerce, Phil Wahl

National President, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Bill Lawson

Vice President, Agility Defense & Government Services, Rich Brooks

 

WHERE:

Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
950 15th Street, Augusta, GA
 

Contact:

Matt Scherbel
202-857-2204
301-233-9257

[email protected]

 
 



CONTACT:

Media contacts:
Fleishman-Hillard
Matt Scherbel, 202-857-2204
Cell: 301-233-9257
or
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Mark Daley, 202-416-7681

KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  Alabama  Florida  Georgia  North Carolina  South Carolina  Tennessee

INDUSTRY KEYWORDS:   Health  Hospitals  Other Health  Philanthropy  Defense  Other Defense  Other Philanthropy  Nursing  Foundation  Fund Raising  General Health  Managed Care  Physical Therapy

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