Today, we have Eli Lovell and Tav Green joining us, both Territory Sales Managers for Permobil. They each bring a unique background and perspective to serving veterans, some of which we will be sharing here today!Eli works closely with VA facilities in West Virginia and Virginia including the Beckley VA, Salem VA, and Richmond VA. In addition, he is a veteran himself having served as a combat medic in Iraq with the Army.
Eli Lovell (right) with his twin brother
Tav is also a veteran who served as a USAF staff sergeant, working as an aircraft electrician and cryogenic technician. He worked as an occupational therapist in the Assistive Technology Lab/Mobility Clinic at Audie Murphy Medical Center (San Antonio VA) prior to joining Permobil where he continues to work closely with the VA.
Both having served in the military, Eli and Tav bring an unwavering commitment to the veterans they now serve in their roles at Permobil. According to Eli, “Serving in the Army taught me many valuable lessons…for one, it gives me a unique perspective on the sacrifices that veterans have made in service to our country, and allows me a level of connectedness to them while working together to ensure they have the best equipment for their mobility needs.”
According to Tav, “in military service and equally in the VA, you learn to be flexible, adapt your strategy to the mission/problem as it unfolds, and to never compromise—in this case—the veteran’s outcome!"
When asked why it is important to provide technically advanced solutions to our veterans, they both referenced Permobil’s commitment to innovation. According to Eli, “We believe strongly in giving our veterans the best when it comes to complex rehab technology, and so we must always strive to keep up with the best technologies available." An example of this is Permobil’s partnership with LUCI.
Tav put it well when he said, “LUCI is a leap forward in advanced drive technology that opens doors to allow [more] veterans…an opportunity at power mobility. It also allows existing power wheelchair users who may be nervous driving in unfamiliar environments or within crowds a new level of confidence.”
Perhaps most telling was their answers to the question, what is your favorite thing about working with the VA and our veterans? Tav said, “Providing the highest of quality and most advanced technology without the battle of “funding and reimbursement” that we face in the private sector. Even more so, I love the camaraderie. Being able to sometimes participate in a little interservice rivalry or light banter will quickly bring a smile to a veteran’s face.”
Eli highlighted the fact that within the VA, Permobil is a direct provider, “Allowing us to be an integral part of the team…gives me fulfilment through the important and vital services we provide to such an important population.”
Thank you to Eli and Tav for their service, and for sharing their experiences and perspectives. Through their examples, you can see that Permobil works hard daily to serve those that served us!
Learn more about Permobil’s commitment to the VA here.
Contact your Permobil representative today.
Angela Regier, OTD, OTR/L, ATP/SMS
Senior Portfolio Marketing Manager, Power Products