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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Military & Veterans Organizations, Mutual & Membership Benefit, Nerve, Muscle & Bone Diseases Research, Veterans

Mission: Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members? veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction. PVA will use that expertise to be the leading advocate for: - Quality health care for our members, - Research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction, - Benefits available as a result of our members? military service, - Civil rights and opportunities which maximize the independence of our members and all people with disabilities. For more than 60 years, PVA has fought for our veterans who answered the call when our nation asked for their service . . . and in return, they have given up their freedoms to protect ours. For more information visit www.SupportVeterans.org or www.pva.org.

Programs: Founded in 1946 by veterans of World War II, PVA started out as a small organization - a group of individuals committed to helping each other, sharing their hard-learned strategies for living with spinal cord injury (SCI), and working to improve their communities. Sixty years ago PVA was there to help our paralyzed heroes, and now continues a long legacy of commitment to providing hope for all individuals with disabilities. Beyond our broad scope of SCI research & education, PVA continues to respond to the needs of our members ? veterans of the armed forces with spinal cord injury or dysfunction ? though pro bono legal representation, veterans benefits services, legislation & advocacy, access to quality healthcare, architecture and accessibility, and sports & recreational activities to 21,000 paralyzed members, their families and friends. PVA has awarded more than $40 million in SCI research and education grants, filed hundreds of thousands claims on behalf of our members with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and served millions of individuals with disabilities. And we want to do more in 2006 and beyond. Through the generosity of more than 18 million friends nationwide and a network of 34 Chapters across America, we hope to further educate all individuals to prevent more injuries from occurring, and ultimately to find a cure.

Community Stories

101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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There is nothing better than giving back to those who so very much deserve it.

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Rating: 5

From 1964 through 1966 I served with the Marine Corps. A little over a year ago, I was diagnosed with ALS. The ALS clinic in Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania, recommended that as a veteran I communicate with Paralyzed Veterans of America. I followed the clinic's advice and contacted the Philadelphia office.

The result was extraordinary because I met an extraordinary women, Violet, who serves paralyzed veterans in this region. Within, it seems, days, she had maneuvered my ALS claim through the VA system securing for me all of the benefits associated with this new presumptive service-connected disease.

Since that time, Violet has managed all of my VA administrative details efficiently, yes, but more importantly, with great compassion and concern for my well-being. Recently, I referred to Violet a fellow Marine colleague of mine who was just himself diagnosed with ALS to see if she could get him pointed in the right direction. He lives in North Carolina, and within minutes, Violet had referred him to the Winston-Salem office for assistance.

Thank you to all the Violets who make up the PVA. We veterans are indeed fortunate to have you at our side.

Semper Fidelis,
Phil A.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am not very good at writing, but I did want to thank you and the entire group of great people at PVA. Your service to our War veterans is a great tribute to all donors. Terry

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With Memorial Day approaching I would like PVA to accept our thanks for your wonderful efforts that your organization extends to disabled veterans.

- Paul

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Donor

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I had the chance to see your TV commercial the other day re: James Carville. Great to see another Marine continue his service.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Just saw your Public Service Announcement. Very compelling. Thank you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

For over 15 years my husband and I have contributed to PVA. We are pleased to see our modest gifts used to help ALL veterans. Thank you PVA!

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Our Veterans are our nations best and brightest. The least we can do when they are injured is help them. I give my money to PVA to help.

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A great program in the Bay Area is through their ALS outreach. Their help, guidance and support has been of tremendous assistance to our Veterans.

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"In the past, we responded to PVA's mailings with modest contributions but really didn't know much about PVA's programs. Then we attended the Wheel Chair Games and met their leadership. Now we have seen firsthand how our contributions help ensure that life is not over when a veteran becomes paralyzed - it's just the beginning. ”

– Judy and Art

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a World War II veteran with AlS, I am extremely grateful to Bill, a NSO, for his outstanding help in processing my request for VA benefits. He was efficient, productive and gracious and one of my great pleasures is remaining in touch with him and with PVA. I donate to express my gratitude and give my support to a wonderful organization.

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From one of our donors: "When my husband needed help after he became disabled, PVA's National Service Officer stepped forward and advised us on the steps to take to ensure he got his benefits. We had the best help from people who had experience with the disabled. With all of the charitable organizations, none comes more to the top of the list than PVA."

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