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Central Florida Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America

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Causes: Health, Military & Veterans Organizations, Neurology & Neuroscience Research, Veterans

Mission: Mission: Paralyzed Veterans of America Central Florida Chapter, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization provides a platform of advocacy, education and research, communication, adaptive sports and recreation for veterans paralyzed as a result of a spinal or injury or dysfunction, in an effort to afford them with the highest quality of healthcare and life experiences.

Results: Over a quarter million dollars worth of durable medical equipment has been re-purposed and redistributed to the local Central Florida community through our REEP program.

Target demographics: Paralyzed veterans and our community receive better quality-of-life and healthcare

Direct beneficiaries per year: 378 Paralyzed Veterans

Geographic areas served: Central Florida

Programs: Wheels on the Go, Educational Scholarships, "Get Outside"-, Adaptive Equipment Loaner Program, REEP program to recycle DME equipment

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience with the people from this non profit has been life saving. I have a t8 sci and have been injured for close to 20 yrs. I've recently moved to Orlando and have been helped with resources, event opportunities, and information to assist in navigating Orlando as a wheelchair user. My quality of life is much better because of this non profit's actions to show, not just say how they can help. I will continue to post great things about this nonprofit. My initial goal is to educate this nonprofit is second to none. I thank you so much for all your help and guidance during these tough times. I sincerely thank you!

1 Daniel128

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the awesome opportunity to help out with a powerlifting event yesterday in Oviedo, Florida. Being a little biased because I love powerlifting, it was more than a great time to meet another veteran whom has served our country and also enjoys the sport of powerlifting like myself. Together, we worked to get him through the competition with a successful benchpress of 203lbs and will work together to push him way past that in the near future. I also got the chance to go over the various aspects of the sport and learn a bit about one Johnny Alexander himself. A good spirited man, a great sport cheering for everyone to take the platform, and my favorite, another lifter eager to learn and push further at 72 years young! Charlie does a great job at putting things together to help facilitate events like this and that is a priceless commodity for any program to have. He's got the brains and motivation to make great things happen for this charity and these men and women well deserve that. It's an all around great experience for those that get involved.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very dedicated people, helped us out during the hurricane.

1 Jo__38

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These are some great people that reach out to those in need and offer new and interesting experiences/activities to their members.

1 Christina136

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ever since my father became a quadriplegic 2 years ago, the Central Florida Chapter PVA has been giving him hope, purpose and helping our family in every way possible. I don't know where we would be without them. After volunteering for them at multiple events, they always show their gratitude through thankful words, dinners and even sending me a card on my birthday!
The Central Florida Chapter has always made me and my family feel at home as soon as we walk in there doors.
They gave me and my family help and hope when we needed it most.

1 liza6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The PVA of Central Florida is a wonderful organization. They are always very helpful and willing to share their resources. We love attending their events and supporting their cause!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are very great organization!!! I have volunteered for a couple of months now and have found this to be one of the most informative experiences. The help they provide to paralyzed veterans is unsurpassed .

1 tina03060

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at this PVA for almost 2 years now. My husband broke his neck in Aug. 2014 & without the help of the PVA we would have had no idea the programs available to help given our situation.
No one pictures themselves needing the support we are now in need of and without the amazing people at the PVA we wouldn't have known where to turn.
This is a great nonprofit that assist many people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Paralyzed Veterans of America Central Florida Chapter is a veterans organization that actually helps veterans. Unlike many other veterans organizations, this veterans organization helps paralyzed veterans navigate through the maze of the benefits provided by the Veterans Administration, provides current information about the benefits to which they are entitled and offers multiple opportunities giving them a better quality of life despite their disability. This chapter specifically offers a wide variety of programs that directly serves the veteran. Over 90% of every dollar donated to this organization are used to fund direct service related programming.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The support I have received from the Central FL chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America has been crucial in my recovery process. I received assistance with getting benefits and my medical needs met at the local VA clinic. I am proud to support the chapter by volunteering my time as a board member and supporting PVACF events.

5 Charlie17

Board Member

Rating: 5

Without the help And Assistance of the Paralyzed Veterans of America specifically the Central Florida Chapter I would've had a very difficult time navigating the VA healthcare system. There help was essential in my recovery of the spinal cord injured veteran. I have since done my best to give back to this organization as a board member and as a member.