With more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry as a manager and owner, Ernest Grotsky recently served as project manager at CB Richard Ellis in Washington, DC. A committed member of his community, Ernest Grotsky supports charitable organizations such as Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).
Dedicated to helping veterans with serious spinal cord injuries or disease, PVA was founded in 1946 by service members who returned home from World War II with spinal cord injuries. Over the course of its 70-year history, the organization has grown to include 34 chapters that serve thousands of veterans across the country, including Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. As an advocate for paralyzed veterans’ civil rights, benefits, and health care, PVA also supports continuing education and research to improve veterans’ quality of life.
In support of its goals, PVA created the nonprofit PVA Research Foundation, which provides fellowships and grants to fund the research and discovery of cures and assistive technology for spinal cord injuries, as well as the effects these injuries can have on the economic, mental, and psychosocial well-being of paralyzed veterans. To be considered for a grant each year, recipients must conduct their research in the United States or Canada and apply between May 1 and September 1. Past research projects include studies on functional spasticity management in individuals with spinal cord injuries and the effect of vibration exercises on upper limb strength, function, and pain.