John Brako Nursing Scholarship Fund

Named in honor of longtime New England Chapter Board member John Brako (1965 – 2019).

John served in the U.S. Army’s 1st Special Operations Command as part of an operational detachment of an airborne psychological operations unit. He was a trained interrogator in Russian and Italian languages. He also trained as a reconnaissance commando in “Recondo” school which included SERE tactics (survival, escape, resistance, evasion).

John, despite his MS illness, took great pride in competing in the Paralyzed Veterans National Veterans Wheelchair Games throughout the United States and the New England Winter Sports Clinics.

Although John’s life was short he lived every day to its fullest. He will be forever cherished as an inspiring man with a warm personality by all who knew him.

New England PVA offers  financial assistance though the John Brako Nursing Scholarship Fund.

  • Professional Enrichment – Financial assistance to the clinical and professional staff of both the West Roxbury and Brockton VAMCs to attend seminars or classes in SCI related subjects.
  • Nursing Scholarships – Scholarships up to $500 to those wishing to become nurses, or to add to/upgrade their licenses and certifications with a one-year commitment to continue working on their current SCI ward.

To apply for financial assistance consideration, please complete and submit the form below. Please allow up to 30 days for review in response to your application.

Financial Assistance Application