|WM man named national director for group |
|Michael D. Smith of Woodland Mills is the newly-elected national director of the Mid-South Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans). |
“I’m proud to have the opportunity to serve the Paralyzed Veterans of America,” he said. “It is an honor to be part of an organization that has historically made such important contributions in accessibility and research to veterans and civilians with spinal cord injury and disease. I look forward to a lifelong relationship with the PVA and hope I am able to give back even a fraction of that which I have received.”
He is a 1988 graduate of Fulton County High School in Hickman, Ky. He joined the U.S. Army and was deployed to the 1991 Persian Gulf War with the 24th infantry Division (Mechanized). After returning home he was in an automobile accident and received a C-6 spinal cord injury, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. After six months in therapy at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) followed by years of work, he is able to walk again.
Last year Smith returned to the Memphis VAMC to volunteer, where he worked with new spinal cord injured patients.
Late last year, he was elected to the Mid-South Chapter’s Board of Directors as a national director. Paralyzed Veterans’ Mid-South Chapter has served Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee since 1946 and is one of the 34 chapters of the congressionally chartered veterans service organization.
For more information, contact Smith at 886-0254 or Mid-South PVA at 901-527-3018.
He resides in Woodland Mills with his wife, Kristen, and daughters, Mary and Dorrie.
Published in The Messenger 2.27.08