OMAHA, NE -- Omaha North Viking JROTC recently conducted their service-learning project for the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). The PVA is a veterans' service organization that was founded in 1946 by a band of service members who came home from World War II with spinal cord injuries.
These service members wanted to live with dignity and as contributors to society, so they created the organization to be governed by its members, veterans of the armed forces living with spinal cord injury or disease such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Great Plains Chapter at 7612 Maple Street, provides quality health care, benefits, spinal cord injury and dysfunction research and education, and advocates for civil rights and opportunities to maximize the independence of their members.
To provide these services, the PVA relies on household and clothing donations. Paralyzed Veterans of America sells your donated household goods to private companies by annual bid. The resulting revenue is used to fund their important programs and services that benefit severely injured veterans and their families.
Omaha North cadets recently collected clothing items from October 26 to December 1, 2020 with an estimated value of $860. Service-learning projects are initiated and planned by cadets with instructor guidance.
"Our goal is to be more active in the community and to let them know we care." said LTC David Bridges, Senior Army Instructor at Omaha North. "I'm very proud of the North Viking cadets. They did a very good job in the short time that we had and the challenges we all face with Covid-19.”
With service-learning, cadets can have a direct impact on an identified need in the community that interests and motivates them. It requires sequential lessons that are organized so orientation and training come before the meaningful service activity and structured reflection follows the activity. Service learning requires active participation in structured teamwork. The JROTC cadets themselves determine, plan, and execute service-learning activities.
If you would like to contribute or schedule a pickup with the PVA, please call 402-733-4328, or go online to pvapickupservice.com. Please be ready to provide your phone number, address, email address, and a list of items you wish to donate. They accept clothing, shoes, furniture, and household items. All items must be in good, working, and reusable condition.