Paralyzed Veterans of America Thanks Invacare Corporation for Its Support of the 2013 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

  Paralyzed Veterans of America Thanks Invacare Corporation for Its Support of
  the 2013 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

    Invacare to serve as a National Host Sponsor for 33rd Consecutive Year

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- July 10, 2013

Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is proud to announce that
Invacare Corporation will serve as a National Host Sponsor for the 33rd
National Veterans Wheelchair Games which kick off this weekend in Tampa, Fl.,
and run from July 13–18. Invacare has supported the Games since its inception
in 1981.

“Invacare has been there from the beginning and without their generous
support, putting on an event as large as the Wheelchair Games just wouldn’t be
possible,” said Bill Lawson, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of
America. “We thank them for their continued support of the Games and their
unending commitment to our veteran wheelchair athletes.”

In addition to monetary support, Invacare employees volunteer throughout the
week of the Games to ensure that the veteran athletes’ wheelchairs are
competition ready.

“There is no event quite like the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. We have
supported the Games for 33 years because of the individuals who compete and
the heart, strength and courage that they put into both their service to this
country and their competitive spirit at the Games. We are proud to have even a
small part in making this event possible for our nation’s veterans,” said
Gerry Blouch, president and chief executive officer for Invacare Corporation.

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented annually by Paralyzed
Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), are open to
all U.S. military veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition as a
result of spinal cord injury, certain neurological conditions, amputations or
other mobility impairments. The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Paralyzed
Veterans of America and James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital will host the 2013

Veterans at the Wheelchair Games will compete in 18 events: air guns, archery,
basketball, boccia, bowling, field, handcycling, a motorized wheelchair rally,
nine ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis,
track, trapshooting and weightlifting. This year’s Wheelchair Games will also
feature exhibitions of water-skiing and tennis. Athletes compete in all events
against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age.
For more information about the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games, go to or

Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC), headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, is the global
leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative home and long-term
care medical products that promote recovery and active lifestyles. The Company
has 5,800 associates and markets its products in 80 countries around the
world. For more information about the Company and its products, visit
Invacare's website at

Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously injured
American heroes from the “Greatest Generation” of World War II. They created a
nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they faced back in the
1940s—from a medical community not ready to treat them to an inaccessible
world. For more than 66 years, Paralyzed Veterans’ national office and its 34
chapters across the nation have been making America a better place for all
veterans and people with disabilities. (


Paralyzed Veterans of America
Lani Poblete, 202-416-7667
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