Paralyzed Veterans of America releases two informational videos that aim to empower veterans with disabilities to seek higher education.

The videos, developed in partnership with Student Veterans of America and with financial support from Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), were filmed, produced, and hosted by PsychArmor Institute.

Watch the 2:30 Minute Explainer

Shaun Castle, Deputy Executive Director for Paralyzed Veterans of America, explains why it was important to make them, and who they can help.

The videos focus on the value of attending higher education for significantly or catastrophically injured or ill veterans. They also highlight the resources and assistance provided by accessibility offices at higher education institutions, according to a media release from Paralyzed Veterans of America.

“One of the proudest days of my life was when I rolled across the stage at the University of Alabama and received my college degree, and I believe every veteran – regardless of injury or illness – deserves to feel that sense of accomplishment. Navigating the education system is hard but thanks to our partners and supporters, vital tools like these, and our Veterans Career Program, veterans are better equipped and set up for success.”

— Shaun Castle, PVA Deputy Executive Director

“Wounded Warrior Project is proud to join with Paralyzed Veterans of America, Student Veterans of America, and PsychArmor Institute to support post-9/11 veterans on their educational journeys and through their transitions from the military. These videos are vital tools that will empower veterans to thrive in higher education as they navigate available care and resources.”

— Ashley Bunce, WWP director of community partnerships and investments

A Broader Focus

The video rollout is part of a broader focus on continuous learning and educational opportunities led by PVA’s Veterans Career Program, which was launched in 2007 to ensure PVA members, veterans with catastrophic or significant disabilities, their spouses and caregivers, have access to meaningful employment, educational and volunteer opportunities.

The program concentrates on the unique needs of clients and provides support ranging from in-depth vocational rehabilitation to developing a resume, practicing interview skills, or choosing a major. Veterans Career Program staff work with any veteran who needs support but has a unique focus on those with barriers to employment or careers.

Studies have found that there are significant benefits for individuals who are engaged in the labor force, including improved quality of life, enhanced self-confidence, expanded social network, a sense of community, and increased income. For many veterans with significant or catastrophic disabilities, additional training or education may be the pathway toward future employment. Both videos highlight benefits and resources available to veterans, and act as vital tools to empower them as they tackle the world of higher education, the release explains.

Upcoming Series: Education and Training Opportunities

Over the coming weeks, PVA’s Veterans Career Program will host a series on education and training opportunities through its virtual engagement platform, Veterans Career Live. The series will not only feature the two higher education videos but also interactive sessions on opportunities with community colleges, micro-learning, online education, and disability resources and accommodations.

For more information, visit Paralyzed Veterans of America.

[Source(s): Paralyzed Veterans of America, PRWeb]

Related Content:
Paralyzed Veterans of America Launches PAVE Connect