United Spinal Association’s VetsFirst program and the Coca Cola Foundation celebrated Giving Tuesday with over 50 disabled Veterans at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in The Bronx, NY.

United Spinal staff members had an opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country by providing lunch and sharing valuable resources including our New Beginning Backpacks filled with information on living with a spinal cord injury.

Join United Spinal in supporting our disabled veterans so they can transition back into their communities and receive the resources needed to pursue their goals. There are many ways to give back!

“It’s an honor to give back to those who have given so much for our country. For over 70 years we’ve been advocating to improve the lives of veterans across the country. We’re committed to ensuring each and every vet has access to the benefits they are entitled to as well as support to transition back into their communities,” said James Weisman, United Spinal’s president and CEO.

United Spinal’s VetsFirst program recently received a grant from The Coca-Cola Company Foundation to support its free online resource hub and call center that provides guidance to all veterans, regardless of disability. The grant enables United Spinal’s VetsFirst program to connect with thousands of veterans and active military servicemen and women offering one-on-one assistance with questions on military separation, claims appeals, and state benefits.

The James J. Peters VA Medical Center is named in honor of United Spinal’s former president and disabled Army veteran James J. Peters, who, in 1970, played a role in exposing the appalling conditions that spinal cord injured Vietnam vets were enduring at the facility. Peters persuaded Life Magazine to publish a cover story triggering a public outcry and grabbing the attention of leaders in Washington D.C. The facility was eventually demolished and rebuilt from the ground up per Congressional order.

“It was the advocacy of disabled veterans that caused this facility to be built, so if you think you can’t change things you’re wrong. If there’s a problem, not just within the VA but the world outside too, we’re here to help,” added Weisman.