PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA

Rating: 2.85 stars   86 reviews

Issues: Health, Veterans

Location: 801 18th St, NW Washington DC 20006 USA

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.
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

I am a combat veteran, trained as an analyst by the army.

I looked up this organization, 62% of income goes for fund raising, "Charity Navigator" gives them a no start rating. Like in diving into unknown waters "look before you leap".

I am not happy with organizations feeding off the veterans.

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7 people found this review helpful

After reading all this I would send their nickel back but it would cost me 50 cents.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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48 people found this review helpful

I too was about to write a check because I have a husband and son-in-laws and many friends that have served our country with honor. I thought "let me see just how much the TRUE veterans are getting and make sure the money goes to THEM. Imagine my shock that the majority of the money goes to FUNDRAISING! In other words the Vet as usual gets little if anything. They bring in over $103,000,000 and when they break down the EXPENSES more than half goes to fundraising and program expenses, so who is helping the Vet? This like everything else smacks our honored men for doing their duty. A veteran in the United States should NEVER EVER GO WITHOUT OR BE HOMELESS!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have it reviewed by folks smarter than myself and investigate money mismanagement.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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25 people found this review helpful

Well thank god I researched this charity before I sent out a check. I, myself, am a disabled vet and I am very thankful for what I have and would love to help out a fellow vet in need. I'm not giving these crooks my money. Matter of fact, I was going to send them back the nickle they glued to the return form, but I think I'll keep it. Why waste a postage stamp?

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

return everyone's hard earned money, you crooks!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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14 people found this review helpful

i was curious as to the reputation of Paralyed Veterans of America (NH address). Thank God for Charity Navigator!! i tell my friends to check CN on any charity request before donating. shame on these people for collecting so much and using so little for the veterans!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Their left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. They are soliciting me under the name of another family member who doesn't live with me, and never has. Communicating with this organization has done no good - yet. Money is being wasted that could otherwise be used to help the Veterans they are raising money for.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 3 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I just received a letter in the mail from PVA asking for a donation. Since my husband is a disabled vet, I immediately went for my checkbook, but my prudent nature forced me to do a little research first. Yes, I discovered that the CEO makes a bundle, and that this organization spends a decent amount on fundraising, but the testimonies here on this site of the actual vets it helps have convinced me to make out that check. Good job, vets, for telling your story!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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2 people found this review helpful

ripping off people while pretending to help vets! pretty bad. High salaries little over half of the money going to programs. nasty people with no morales.

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No

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None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

26 people found this review helpful

It saddens me to read the negative comments people like to share on sites such as this one. People are so quick to judge an organization before ever asking one of its members what their opinion is of the organization. Personally, the veterans served by the organization are the only opinions that matter when it comes to judging the worthiness of the organization as a whole.

My husband is a life member of the PVA. He broke his neck while serving his country in the Air Force. The PVA has provided many invaluable services to him. The PVA serves as our paralyzed veterans' voice to Congress. They provide assistance with obtaining benefits from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, which has a lot of red-tape involved. They cut through that tape faster than any individual has ever been able to. They provide countless adaptive sporting events throughout the year that gives the veterans a chance to live again. They have provided millions to research & development for new therapies and treatments for spinal cord injury. The list goes on and on, but hopefully you see the point I'm trying to make. My husband sacrificed so much while serving his country and is still paying that price today. How could you honestly post a comment on here complaining about the fundraising tactics and "nickels" wasted when that very same fundraising campaign not only brings in valuable donations but heightens the community's awareness of the organization.

Before you criticize an organization based solely on their "fundraising tactics," salaries, etc., please speak directly to one of the hundreds of thousands of paralyzed veterans in America and get their opinion.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a wife to one of our country's paralyzed veterans, I've witnessed first-hand the wonderful benefits this organization provides to its members. The organization requires a large staff to support its functions across the nation. People shouldn't be so quick to judge or make condescending remarks. The services of this organization are worth every penny of the support staff required to make it happen.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue doing what you are doing. You are making a difference in our veterans' lives and you are appreciated tremendously. Thank you!

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6 people found this review helpful

This organization frequently sends me "gifts" that I do not want or need, but which must be expensive to mail out with their solicitations. What a waste. Today I received a solicitation with a cloth tote bag included. I'll donate it to another charity rather than throw it away, but it seems like a very inefficient way to collect funds.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

receiving unwanted gifts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Stop spending money on cheap tote bags and address labels.

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