In Memory of Bill Greer

Paralyzed Veterans of America Central Florida

Press Release

Date: July 26, 2016

Topic: Donation of Beach Wheelchairs

Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Central Florida Chapter (PVACF), a congressionally chartered veteran’s service organization, received a very special donation of two Nomad Beach Power Wheelchairs in memory of decorated Vietnam Veteran Bill Greer. Dale Greer (brother of Bill) and his wife Melissa presented a check to PVACF for $15,060 for the purchase of two power beach wheelchairs that will allow paralyzed people to go on the beach and st-roll along the water’s edge with their loved ones (something that is impossible to do with a standard power wheelchair). “Melissa and I hope that programs like this can develop throughout the United States. Where paralyzed veterans can get out of the house and go off road to places like the beach or the lake or out to the park with their families. My goal is not only to provide these chairs for the PVA chapter here in Central Florida but to also inspire other

20160711_115200s to donate similarly throughout our great country.” PVACF member Charlie Merritt (a C-2 level quadriplegic) stated that “these chairs will allow me to “take a walk” down the beach with my wife at my side, something I haven’t been able to do since my accident two years ago”. Merritt a 12 year Marine Veteran was an avid boater and spent many weekends at the beach. He broke his neck while on a boat outing. Chapter President Steve Kirk (a quadriplegic since 1980) has lived in Deltona for the past 34 years and “for the first time will be able to cruise down the beach.”

PVA Executive Director John DeMauro stated that “The Bill Greer Beach Recreation Program will be available to the paralyzed community as well as paralyzed veterans in Central Florida. Our office is less than 30 minutes from the Florida coast and folks can come by and pick up the chairs to use for a few hours or a few days. This is another way in which we fulfill our mission of providing the highest quality of life experiences for those paralyzed as a result of a spinal cord injury or disease.”

Paralyzed Veterans of America Central Florida is a 501 (c) (3) located in Sanford, Florida which strives to keep ve
terans with spinal cord injuries or dysfunction connected through core programs that assist them in obtaining veteran’s benefits in a timely manner, by publishing a monthly magazine that keeps them informed of what is happening nationally and locally in legislature that directly effects them and their families and by providing opportunities in adaptive sports and recreation in an effort to enhance a lifetime of health and fitness in order to offer a better quality of life. Visit to learn more about PVACF.

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