Day of Giving rescheduled for 21 September

Due to technical complications on 03 May, the Day of Giving, organized in the Pittsburgh Region by the Pittsburgh Foundation, has been reset for 21 September 2016.  Keystone Paralyzed Veterans, as always, is listed on the website, with many of the region’s other most effective charitable organizations.

Your support of the Keystone Paralyzed Veterans is welcome and appreciated anytime.

The Pittsburgh Foundation is a “community” foundation, which not only holds, invests, and directs funds for distribution to a wide range of charitable causes, but it helps innovate to make charities even more effective, especially through capacity building.

Also in the realm of fundraising, Keystone PVA will again participate in the 3 Rivers/Pennsylvania West Combined Federal Campaign.  Authorized by the U. S. Government through the Office of Personnel Management, the CFC is the only authorized solicitation of federal employees in the workplace to benefit charities.  This will be the fifth year that Keystone PVA will participate in the 3 Rivers CFC, which centers around western Pennsylvania and extends into central Pa. and parts of nearby states.  We thank federal employees for their generosity!  The annual campaign will begin in October 2016 and last into mid December.


Keystone PVA wheelchair athletes earn 55 medals at annual Games


Keystone PVA’s 14 wheelchair athletes brought back a total of 55 medals from the 36th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Salt Lake City, Utah from 27 June through 02 July.  In the photo, Bull Baylor lifts 175 pounds for a first place in his division, encouraged on by Ed Shearer, holding his legs, and Alicia Pastva in the yellow shirt.  Bull won seven gold medals, one silver and one bronze during the week.  The full summary of our chapter athlete’s performances will be in the September-October edition of the chapter’s bi-monthly newsletter, the Parascope, which you can have mailed to you or you can download from this web site.

Was hospital liaison program leader

Gary M. Orlando Sr., chapter stalwart, dies at 63

Gary Orlando Sr. (shown with medals won at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tampa, Florida, in 2013), passed away on 25 October 2015 at the Erie VA Medical Center in Erie, Pa.

Gary wore many hats for the Keystone chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans: director on the Board, VA Voluntary Service representative, and site leader for the chapter’s members in the Erie region.  But he made his biggest impact as the coordinator of the chapter’s Hospital Liaison Officer program, which monitors the health care paralyzed veterans receive, especially at VA medical centers, and provides that data for the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s nationwide work in improving veterans’ health care.

Gary Orlando with medals at the 2013 National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tampa, Florida.
Gary Orlando with medals at the 2013 National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tampa, Florida.



“Gary was a very good friend who weathered his physical challenges with determination and his unique personality,” said the chapter’s executive director, Joe Dornbrock.  “We have a better veterans’ organization thanks to his long, diligent service.”

More about Gary’s life and accomplishments, including his U. S. Army service, are in the November-December issue of the chapter newsletter, The Parascope, which will be posted on this web site soon.  In the meantime, you can have it sent to you by mail by calling the chapter office, 800-775-9323 or 412-781-2474.

Erie VA Medical Center
Erie VA Medical Center



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