We are eternally grateful for the choices and sacrifices that our veterans have made to protect us.
And since our audience is almost exclusively wheelchair users or people who love a wheelchair user, we want to specifically address disabled Veterans. It feels like you deserve more than just a “Thank you.” We know your life has changed in immeasurable ways since you came home. Here at Troy Technologies, we want to do more than just say “thanks,” so we cultivated a list of resources that you may find useful. These are all organizations that uplift and support disabled veterans.
- Paralyzed Veterans of America - PVA connects its members with programs and services that improve quality of life. They help with navigating VA benefits, employment or education, adaptive sports (read our blog about sports here), and they are a bridge to relevant new research and advocacy efforts.
- Disabled American Vets - DAV “is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families …” They provide rides to and from appointments, help Vets find meaningful employment, and have local chapters all over the U.S.
- Disabled Veterans National Foundation - DVNF “provides critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.” We also love them because of the emphasis they place on mental/emotional health and the work they do to prevent homelessness.
- The Wounded Warrior Project - The WWP has helped millions of post-9/11 wounded Veterans through direct programs in mental health, career counseling, and long-term rehabilitative care. They know that every warrior has a next mission and work to ensure our wounded Veterans can adjust to fulfilling and healthy civilian lives.
Finding ways to give Vets easier access to more resources is an area we want to help with. Even though it can seem as though there are far too many in need of help than there are resources available. But that’s not necessarily true, you just need to know where to look! All the organizations we listed are experts at advocating for the rights Veterans earned by serving our country. You are entitled to care after your sacrifices, and these organizations make it their mission to ensure you receive it.
If you’re here because your loved one is a disabled Vet, you can check out this blog where we discuss our favorite wheelchair accessories to help improve life on wheels. And if you’d really like to help improve their mobility you can check out our full line of ultra-narrow wheelchairs, which allow better access to everyday activities.
We know that being a Veteran with a disability can be a tough life. Dealing with emotional and physical traumas while adapting to life in a wheelchair would be too much for anyone to bear alone. But even if you are feeling lonely or isolated, we want to remind you that you are never truly alone.
Check out these organizations to see which one is the best fit for you. And again, thank you for your service and sacrifice- we appreciate you endlessly.