WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) dedicated the Jeffrey M. Carlton Conference and Training Center on the 2nd floor of its headquarters in Washington, D.C., in honor of the late Jeffrey Carlton, a longtime supporter of Paralyzed Veterans, and donor of the largest monetary gift in the organization’s history. Mr. Carlton passed away in September 2012 and named Paralyzed Veterans of America as one of four charitable organizations who received an estate gift which will provide at least $50 million over the next two decades. Mr. Carlton’s gifts to the four charities were widely recognized as the 10th largest commitment in the U.S. during 2013.
The two new conference and training spaces will feature accessible design and retractable glass walls to maximize space. The center will also include state-of-the-art-video conferencing so that Paralyzed Veterans can maintain close contact with staff who assist veterans throughout the country.
“The new Jeffrey M. Carlton Conference and Training Center will enable us to better serve veterans of all generations across the country,” said Al Kovach Jr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “We recognize Mr. Carlton’s commitment to our veterans and to the mission of Paralyzed Veterans of America, and it is our privilege today to dedicate the Jeffrey M. Carlton Conference and Training Center in his honor.”
Jeffrey Carlton was a 20 year plus donor to Paralyzed Veterans of America. As a child of the Greatest Generation, he witnessed sacrifice, determination and philanthropy through the eloquence of his parents' example. Later in life, Jeff would utilize their example and his own business acumen to build a successful forging business in Southern California. He founded Press Forge in 1978 and served as the company’s Chairman and CEO. Press Forge is one of the largest U.S. suppliers of forging services and products to commercial and military aerospace, nuclear, oil and gas exploration and industrial markets.
Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.
As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (www.pva.org)