James E. Riemer
President; National Director; Site Leader, Hospital Liaison, and VAVS
Representative (Butler VA Medical Center)
Residence: Jefferson Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania
I was in the final draft in 1972 so I decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy Reserves. I attended Storekeeper “A” School in San Diego, California then reported for active duty in June 1973 serving in the supply department issuing supplies, ultimately serving as the Financial Manager of the Supply Department on the USS Dale (DLG-19). I was discharged from active duty to my U.S. Navy Reserve Center in Pittsburgh in June 1975. Upon discharge from active I had advanced to the rank of Storekeeper 2nd Class and remained in the reserves for two more years.
On April 1, 1985 I fell from a roof and sustained a C-4, C-5 incomplete injury which left me a quadriplegic. In February 1989 after a long rehabilitation, I decided to get a baclofen pump to control my spasms. Since I received the pump, I have been able to drive an equipped van.
I graduated from the Butler Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting in 1990. While attending College I volunteered in the Fiscal Department at the Butler VA Medical Center. In the late 1990’s I joined PVA and elected to participate in their recreation program.
While serving as a member of Keystone PVA I have held many positions. They include Board member, Sports Director and Treasurer from 2000 thru 2005 and Vice President from 2005 until the present.
I have also served as Keystone PVA’s National Director from 2001 thru 2007 and 2010 thru the present. I also served on PVA’s Finance Committee from 2005 thru 2008.
I volunteer over 1,000 hours annually at the Butler VA and Keystone PVA.