Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Eastern Paralyzed Veterans changes name

A national nonprofit veterans service and disability rights organization recently announced it was changing its name and broadening its mission.

The Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association now known as the United Spinal Association will offer membership and service to any veteran, child or adult with a disability or disease of the spinal cord.

Medical advances, fewer numbers of veterans with spinal cord injuries and increases in spinal cord ailments in nonveterans from multiple sclerosis to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and spina bifida were among the reasons the organization broadened its mission, said New City resident Gerard M. 'Jerry' Kelly, United Spinal's executive director.