Pennzoil, BraunAbility and PVA Provide Veterans the Gift of Mobility

Daily, thousands of Americans put their lives on the line serving in the military for our freedom. This past Memorial Day, we remembered those whose lives were lost and reminded ourselves that for many returning home, a new battle begins. In an effort to assist those who have sustained a paralyzing injury while active, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), BraunAbility, and Pennzoil® teamed up to retrofit three vehicles in an effort to give back the gift of mobility to paralyzed veterans.

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Hank Ebert retired Navy veteran receiving a wheelchair accessible vehicle from BraunAbility and Pennzoil

Hank Ebert, was one of those veterans who received a retrofitted BraunAbility Toyota Sienna minivan, featuring the latest technology in assisting paralyzed drivers, as part of Pennzoil’s “Love Your Car” program, a partnership they created with the PVA. Hank was a U.S. Navy veteran, and served four years in the Navy as a crewman on a rescue helicopter in Vietnam. Today, despite his injury, Ed stays active as he participates in the Veteran’s Wheelchair games, is a fishing guide, and an die hard drag racing fan. Ed was lucky enough to have been nominated by his local PVA chapter in Minnesota to receive the custom vehicle, and as you can see from the video, he was overwhelmed by the generosity.

“I’m incredibly excited. It hasn’t even sunk in yet how excited I am,” said U.S. Navy veteran, Hank Ebert. “From winning this vehicle, to being flown to Charlotte to see my first NASCAR race, to being here with all my friends to celebrate, it’s just awesome.”

Today, there are more than 44,000 American veterans living with paralysis and the effects of rising healthcare costs. These are veterans, who have been here for us, and are now in a great need of support. Which has led to the mission of the PVA’s “ABLE” campaign, which was developed to help the nation’s paralyzed veterans rebuild their lives. With support from companies like Pennzoil, Mission: ABLE will continue to provide American disabled veterans with the tools to help them regain their mobility.

CARRY THE ONE: MATH CLASS HELPING TO SECURE WHEELCHAIR VAN FOR CHILD

A math class at Piedra Vista High School is doing their part to help make the life of a disabled 5 year-old boy a little better.
Cody Green, the math teacher at the school, decided to get his class involved in an effort to help raise money and awareness for Dallin White—a 5 year-old child that none of Green’s students have never even met.

But it’s not about association for Green’s students. According to Faith Hathenbruck, a Senior: “In order to be a good person and change someone I don’t think you ever have to meet them.” She also adds that its more than just a contest to raise money for Dallin to get a wheelchair accessible van. She adds, “I have never had the opportunity to change just one individual life.”

Green discovered the opportunity to help Dallin through a contest that was part of National Mobility Awareness Month. Green’s class isn’t alone. Many different organizations and individuals alike are taking great strides in contributing to Dallin’s cause through the contest.

As for Dallin’s condition and situation, he has cerebral palsy, believed to have stemmed from the fact that he was born three months premature. His insurance was adequate to get him a wheelchair, but not a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

With the help of generous students like those in Cody Green’s class, Dallin may be able to get the vehicle after all. With Twitter and YouTube pages set up for their cause, these math students are making sure that as many people as possible find out about Dallin and other children like him that are in need.

To find out how you can help someone in need or if are in need, you can look to our resource page for links to numerous organizations.