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The Mountain States Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (MSCPVA) is dedicated to enhancing the lives of veterans with spinal cord injury (SCI) disease by ensuring quality health care, promoting research and advocating for civil rights. MSCPVA has members in Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. These members take an active role in the legislative network advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. Members participate in a variety of chapter-sponsored activities including the National Wheelchair Veterans Games and other events.

Our staff is consistently working on creating, maintaining and improving relations with members, families and caregivers via telephone outreach and hospital visits. Outreach enables us to become more familiar with our growing membership, identifying potential problems and other areas of concern.

To join the Mountain States Chapter PVA, complete both a Membership Application and Certification of Membership Eligibility form, and mail it directly to the Chapter office. As of November 9, 2011 all new membership applicants must be certified before membership.  Download the Certification of Membership Eligibility form >>

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Used wheelchairs are available
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The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) now provides DD-214s online.
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ACCESSIBLE HOME DESIGN
Great book for members only.
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CANINE COMPANIONS
Looks to place service dogs.
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SPECIAL EXTRA EARNINGS
FOR MILITARY SERVICE
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FREEDOM SERVICE DOGS
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Information about Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors  
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MSCPVA member Matt Keil recently appeared on the CBS special, "Playing with a Purpose," a show highlighting charitable events throughout the PGA Tour.
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Event Tickets for Veterans

The Veteran Tickets Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to giving back to those who gave us so much. They team up with major sports teams, leagues, promoters, organizations, venues and everyday ticket holders to provide free and discounted tickets to the more than 26 million Veterans and Active Duty Military in the United States. Find out more at http://www.vettix.org/ .

Did you know there were new member benefits
available for PVA Members?

Check out the following page to see what's there. http://www.pva.org/site/PageServer?pagename=memb_ben

MSCPVA GRANT APPLICATION PROTOCOL
In 2007, the Chapter established an allocated grants protocol. In 2010, the chapter established the maximum amount a member may receive in a single grant of $350.00. In 2012, the chapter further required that all members seeking grant assistance from MSCPVA are certified members of PVA. A yearly limitation of $700.00 has been established as the total amount in cash one member may receive by grants from the Chapter in a FY.
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DO YOU NEED PET INSURANCE?

Do you need pet insurance?? Members can now get a group discount when signing up for pet insurance through VPI Pet Insurance. To receive a no obligation quote or to enroll please call 866-332-7620 or visit their website at: www.petinsurance.com

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Your participation in our endeavor to improve chapter services for you is greatly appreciated.

All participants have the option of receiving a free gift from the Mountain States Chapter.
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The U.S. Department of Labor launched America's Heroes at Work, a public education campaign focusing on the employment challenges of transitioning service members living with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Designed for employers and the workforce development system, the project provides information and tools to help individuals with TBI and/or PTSD succeed in the workplace-particularly members of the military returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, but also the other millions of Americans experiencing these common conditions.

TBI and PTSD have been called the signature injuries of the Global War on Terror. With more and more veterans facing these issues as they transition into civilian life, employers are recognizing a need to educate themselves on the workplace needs of the TBI and PTSD populations.

More information on America's Heroes at Work can be found on their website at www.AmericasHeroesAtWork.gov. The site features common employer questions, success stories, downloadable fact sheets and practical information on implementing simple workplace supports to help those with TBI and PTSD achieve workplace success.

"ACCESSIBLE HOME DESIGN"

PVA members may purchase one copy of this book at the member price for $19.00 - Orders must be prepaid and include an order form. This new volume includes color photographs illustrating attractive and innovative accessibility projects that have been constructed throughout the United States! ORDER YOURS TODAY

Canine Companions for Independence Looks to Place Service Dogs

Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is actively looking to place Service Dogs with injured war veterans and Facility Dogs within rehab- or physical therapy-related facilities that assist war-injured personnel. CCI is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

The assistance dogs that CCI trains can open up doors, retrieve dropped items, turn lights on or off, alert someone that their phone is ringing, and perform many other physical tasks. They also open up new opportunities, spread incredible joy, and lead to greater independence. CCI’s services are provided nationally and there is no charge to our recipients.
CCI has provided many assistance dogs to United States war veterans who live all across the
country. With the increased number of wounded veterans who could benefit from an assistance dog, CCI is committed to doing more. For a veteran making a new start after suffering an injury, an assistance dog can provide the help they need to regain independence.

"I highly recommend to fellow veterans to consider getting a service dog.” Jim Allan, Vietnam War Veteran, teamed with Hearing Dog Addy.

Candidates
CCI is seeking veterans disabled in combat interested in being teamed with a service dog who meet the following criteria:
Service Team
Paraplegic (thoracic or lumbar) or amputee
Full (or mostly full) mobility of both arms; good upper body
strength
Uses a manual wheelchair
Good cognitive ability and clear speech
Stable home life to provide for a dog's basic needs
Fenced yard
Minimum 12 months post-rehabilitation
   
Hearing Team
Deaf or hard of hearing
Stable home life to provide for a dog's basic needs
Fenced yard
Minimum 12 months post-rehabilitation
   
Facility Team
Work in a rehab- or physical therapy-related facility
Assist veterans injured in combat

If you know a veteran who is ready to increase their independence through the use of an assistance dog, or wants to explore the benefits of an assistance dog, please contact CCI at 1.800.572.BARK, info@cci.org, or visit www.cci.org/veterans.

FREEDOM SERVICE DOGS

Freedom Service Dogs (FSD) rescues dogs from shelters and trains them to assist Coloradans with mobility impairments and increase their independence. We expect our clients to command, control, and care for their service dog. Because we want your service dog to fit your requirements, your lifestyle, and your personality, we need to know as much as possible about you. We do our best to match your needs and preferences to the skills, size, and temperament of a dog in training.

Download instructions and application.

SPECIAL EXTRA EARNINGS FOR MILITARY SERVICE

Under certain circumstances, special extra earnings for your military service from 1940-2001 can be credited to your record for Social Security purposes. These extra earnings may help you qualify for Social Security or increase the amount of your Social Security benefit. Special extra earnings are granted for periods of active duty or active duty for training. Social Security cannot add these extra credits to your record until you file for Social Security benefits. (Note: Special extra earnings are not granted for inactive duty training).

Visit the Social Security web site for more information.

CHAPTER CONTACT:
12200 East Iliff Avenue
Suite 107
Aurora, CO 80014
303-597-0038
1-800-833-9400
Fax: 303-597-0039
Email: info@mscpva.org
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