WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Paralyzed Veterans of America today issued the following statement from its National President Al Kovach, Jr., in honor of Veterans Day: "In November of 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, or what we today call Veterans Day. At that commemoration, he said that this day would be: "filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…" This day is a time to pay tribute not just to those who have fallen, but also to all of the brave men and women who have so proudly worn the uniforms of our armed services and defended our great country. Many of whom are still serving, but now their uniforms are suits. At Paralyzed Veterans of America, those suits are accompanied by our wheelchairs. Veterans who work for veterans service organizations report for duty every day and defend the interests of their fellow veterans. Why? Because military men and women are part of a family that does not dissolve when their uniforms are removed. We are truly our brother's and our sister's keeper. Our lives have depended on each other, and now so do our futures. We are from all different backgrounds and parts of the country. We vary in age, race and gender, yet we have all sacrificed in the name of freedom, and we have all come to serve again with a unified purpose.