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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.

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181 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Truly honored to be a donor to help Paralyzed Vets and all Veterans. We have donated for years. Although our gifts are modest we feel this is an important investment in serving those who protect our freedom.

Donor

Rating: 4

As a child born during WWII in Napoli (Italy) suffered of proper medical care.Got ill as many
other children being taken in humid recovers every time the alarm went on when bombers flying around. I was then taken to the American field hospital where I was seen by a doctor.
I was then given some medication and vitamins, for my eyes affected by conjunctivitis.
I was told by my mother later in the years the ordeal we went trough, and always thinking
of the generosity and gratitude of the American Army.Living now in the USA, I feel is my part
to help the PVA.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Veteran I can tell you their service and support is top notch. I am especially grateful for their National Service Officers who provide expert advice and help to all Veterans.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have contributed to Paralyzed Veterans of America for 21 years. We have witnessed their mission and action in our hometown and through our friends who are veterans. Keep up the great work. Freedom is never free!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have contributed to PVA for over 20 years. And, we have seen their mission at work in DC, in our region and locally. Our investments have helped all Veterans. We are proud to support their mission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Another great year of successes for all of our Veterans. Thank you PVA!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported PVA for over 17 years now. I feel they are the best Veterans Service Organization out there.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been supporting this organization for over 15 years because they have helped so many veterans. I looked at their financials and clearly see that they deliver their services at minimal expense. There are so many organizations that waste their donations on frivolous expenses. PVA's leadership is solid and membership in the organization is free. Keep up the great work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was so impressed to learn that the governing Board of PVA is comprised of paralyzed vets. The services provided in research, sports, advocacy and securing veteran benefits is very impressive. Spinal cord injured service members returning from the battlefield, are embraced by PVA resources as they transition back into society. This organization provides hope, purpose and healing to those so needing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed that the Executive committee and chapter Boards are comprised of paralyzed veterans members. If anyone should know the needs, concerns, required services and coordination required with the Veterans Administration and other veteran service organizations, it would be a veteran intimately familiar with the challenges of paralysis. I was able to attend one of their National Wheelchair Games and was moved by the determination and courage of these disabled veterans. They provide wonderful programs, personal assistance and services for our paralyzed veterans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) as a volunteer and donor for over 20 years. This is an outstanding organization that is much broader that its name. The PVA provides services beyond those with spinal cord injuries and disease, than advocate for all people with disabilities.

I also have attended events and have met Board members and staff. Unlike other organizations, PVA's Board is comprised of actual Paralyzed Veterans. Who better to understand the needs of people with spinal chord injuries than actual people who suffer from it.

I also receive regular information and contact from the Individual Giving office, letting me know how my contributions are being used.

Great organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an advocate for Veterans my entire life. Paralyzed Veterans of America continues to do great work on behalf of all Veterans, especially those with spinal cord injury and disease. As a donor, not only do I receive great stewardship, but i feel that they inform me as to how my investment is actually helping Veterans in their everyday lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have now been involved with PVA for just about year and I am very pleased with the success they have been reporting. I tend to follow the sports programs most closely and I have been impressed with their commitment to all those who experience spinal cord issues.
As a donor, it is nice to see a quick response to my gifts. They are clearly on top of their game!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My sincere wishes for a great 2020 and beyond for all of our Veterans. It was a wonderful surprise to receive your mission update and to visit www.pva.org for even more information. We are honored to contribute to PVA!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Please accept our thanks for all you do for our Veterans! We care deeply about human rights, dignity and those who have fought to preserve our freedom and other blessings. We are grateful to continue our 20 years of investing in your mission.

Thank you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are delighted to continue our 15 year tradition of supporting our Veterans You recently helped our neighbor with an issue he had with the VA. Nearby proof our investments are working! Please keep up the great work!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This year I will be 88 and living on a fixed income. However, I find it gratifying to know my gifts to PVA honor and support any and ALL veterans. Please continue your important work. My prayers are with you for success. Thank you!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Having just attended ceremonies for Veterans Day, I am also grateful that my gifts to PVA are put to good use in providing support for all Veterans. Thank you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Through your Chapter in our city and the work of your Service Officers in our area we know how much you do for our Vets. We are proud to contribute!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My heart goes out to all of our Veterans and my sincere wishes for a better life! I am proud to donate to this great mission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are pleased to support the great mission of PVA. As a Veteran, I know the value of commitment and service. We are proud donors for over 20 years. We also know many who have been helped by their National Services Officers. We contribute all that we have to give!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As we approach the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, I am honored to be part of your mission. Thank you for all you do for Veterans.

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Donor

Rating: 5

So grateful that PVA keeps me in the loop. My donations at work--advocacy, benefits,jobs,research,education and much more. For every Veteran. Pleased to continue to give when we can.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Many thanks for all you do for our Veterans. They are served well by your Service Officers and other professional staff.

Thank you so much!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As donors and medical professionals, we gained firsthand knowledge of your mission and expertise through your National Service Officers. Now, that we are able to contribute more we conducted a full analysis of your Board, finances and oversight. We are proud to contribute and know your leadership will work hard to spend our gift responsibly. Thank you PVA!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a Vietnam Veteran and frequent donor, I am happy to contribute to support a great mission which helps all Veterans. A few of my friends have been helped in their final days by the great and compassionate work you are doing with ALS. Keep up the great work!

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Donor

Rating: 1

I am a vet & find their tactics deplorable!! Trying to put donors on a guilt trip sending crap for donations is awful. I have written the President of this group twice without a response. How unfair to vets that need help!!!!! DISGUSTING!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I view my annual gift as an investment in our veterans and our collaboration to help fulfill your mission. Please continue with your important work and I will continue to invest and pray for your success.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My Mom worked for decades with our Veterans in CA, VA, IL and DC. She knew that the best way to make sure our Vets were receiving all of their benefits and ensuring high levels of care was continued involvement and support of PVA. I am proud to continue our family's legacy of supporting PVA.

Thank you for all that you accomplish for our Vets.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My heart goes out to our Veterans and those that help them out. Blessings on all of the work you do for those who have Served our Nation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I mailed a check yesterday in memory of a family member. I am so grateful to your National Service Officers who helped us during his final illness. You were there for us. We will never forget your thoughtful help and compassion.
Thank you!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Vet and continue to struggle with ALS. Your Bay Area service officers have been very helpful as I battle this disease. Please accept our thanks for your patient help as my family and I fight for my benefits and assistance.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Vet and was recently diagnosed with ALS. Your service offices have been very helpful as I battle this disease. Please accept our thanks for your patient help as my family and I fight for my benefits and assistance.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Paralyzed Veterans is the only organization to which I donate. Let's not ever forget our young men and women who suffered serving our country. Their lives have dramatically changed. I cannot afford to donate much, as I am on a fixed income, but I will give when I can. Thank you for being there for our injured veterans.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I donate to several charities each year, ranging from total donations of $1,000.00, all the way down to $25.00. And each one always sends an annual giving receipt. For instance, this year, I donated $25.00 to Toys For Tots, and I received an annual giving receipt. I donated $60.00 to the American Red Cross, and I received an annual giving receipt. I donated $100.00 this year to Paralyzed Veterans of America. I received a letter, dated 31 January, 2019, thanking me for donating "$0.00" in 2018. I called the charity on 12 Feb, and spoke to a woman named Denise. She apologized for the mix up and said she would have an accurate annual giving summary emailed to me in 48 to 72 hours. That meant Friday, 15 Feb, or, at the very latest, Monday, 18 Feb. (What takes a charity 72 hours to generate an email in the first place?) On Monday, 18 Feb, I still had not received an annual receipt, so I called again. This time, I spoke to a young woman named Sierra. I explained the situation to her, and said I needed the receipt because I had an appointment with my tax accountant on Thursday, 21 Feb. She spoke offline to a Supervisor, who assured her that he could see by my computer file that the email was "being prepared for release that day." I asked her to confirm that I would receive the email by close of business, and she did so. I did not receive an email. I called back on 19 Feb. This time a woman named Jasmine answered, and I immediately asked to speak to a supervisor. She asked the reason and I told her. She went offline for a moment, came back, and told me that no supervisors were available, because they were all in a meeting. I asked her is she could see my file. She said yes. I asked her to email me a copy and she refused, saying that she didn't have authorization. I said, "Yes you do, the authorization was granted to send the email last night." She refused to send me a copy of my annual giving receipt, saying that she would have a supervisor call me back.

I am a Veteran myself. I have lost friends, and a brother in the service of this country. I had hoped that Paralyzed Veterans of America lived up to their mission, but sadly, I must say that they have the poorest donor services, and the shoddiest bookkeeping practices I have ever seen. I will not be giving any more of my money to PVA, and I fully plan to file a complaint with the US Attorney General about their poor bookkeeping. I will also negatively rate them at every opportunity I have.

One of the signs of how a charity effectively uses the money donated to it is how efficiently it tracks and receipts its donors. Since PVA fails so miserably at the later, I have to assume that they are equally inept at the former. If I could rate this charity lower than one star, I would.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is a privilege to donate to something or someone I know really appreciates it, and in return, I have received a wonderful thank you letter outlining their important work. Thank you all so very much!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the PVA because I thought they were my last resort since the VA had turned me down multiple times for a medical issue related to my 3 tours in Vietnam. Thanks to their guidance and caring support, I was able to receive some medical assistance through the VA. If it weren't for the PVA, I don't know where I would be.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Your service in support of ALL Veterans is reliable and dependable. Your leadership and staff are diligent and appreciated making our lives easier and rewarding. Thank you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We stand with you in solidarity and deep appreciation for the sacrifices made by our veteran heroes. Thank you for your continuing work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Both of us have contributed for years investing in your mission to help all veterans. Thank you for all of your services and hard work on behalf of those who protect our Freedom.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My mother, a World War II Navy Nurse, is a big fan of all of the work you do! She worked in the Washington State Naval Hospital caring for our troops returning from the Pacific. When the War ended she married, raised her family and continued to work as a R.N. She is a life-long contributor and believer is your efforts on behalf of all of our Veterans. Thank you PVA.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My prayers are with all Veterans and this is my favorite charity. I personally know Vets who have been helped by your expert team of National Service Officers. I am pleased to increase my support. Keep is going!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This charity spends almost as much money on fund-raising as it does on programs for the vets they supposedly serve. NOT a 4 or 5-star charity.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We contribute monthly and are proud to support our Vets.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was proud of his military service. He suffered from ALS and PVA assisted him with making a claim and obtaining benefits during his illness. It was through PVA's expert guidance that we were able to receive the assistance. PVA has also been very helpful to me in receiving survivor's benefits after my husband's death. The staff and their recommendations were kind and compassionate and of a very positive nature when so many challenges presented themselves. We are most grateful to PVA and their diligent efforts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

ALS, MS, Sports, Research, Education, Advocacy and more....Paralyzed Veterans is there for all of our Vets! Thank you for all you do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

God bless you and the work you do! We have been investors in your mission for nearly 20 years.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Thanks for all your good work to help our Vets. My gift is for those who made the ultimate scarafice for our country.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am pleased to continue to support Paralyzed Veterans of America and our Vets.

Continued success in your efforts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you, Paralyzed Veterans of America, for all the support from your staff. Many veterans are served well due to your professionalism. Again, thanks to you from myself and all other vets you serve so well.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Please forgive my long delay in recognizing your great work with our Veterans. I am a proud support of Paralyzed Veterans of America and your mission to serve all Vets.

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Donor

Rating: 5

If you want facts please visit guidestar.org where Paralyzed Veterans of America has the highest level of transparency, etc. Their financials are there too.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

As of JUN2017... the stats are as follows for the criminal enterprise:
62.4% of money goes toward the program
32.7% of money goes toward fundraising
2016 990 form shows income of approx $106.8 million with $22.4 million going to salaries...21%. The top 9 salaries including other compensation, total $1,854,425...for NINE people averaging 50 hours/wk...$80/hr if they worked every week and no vacations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I mailed a check yesterday in memory of my husband. I am so grateful to your National Service Officers who helped us during my husband's final illness. You were there for us. We will never forget your thoughtful help and compassion.
Thank you!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was so proud of his service and served his country with great pride and dignity. While serving his country, he received great recognition but his main goal was to help keep his country free from harm. He developed severe Parkinson's and it was during this time I reached out to your extraordinary organization. You staff guided me through all the channels in getting my husband the care that he needed. PVA was there to assist me. I am so grateful and certainly appreciate PVA's willingness to go the extra mile. I do hope this donation can provide the much needed care for our veterans. They deserve the very best. Thank you for all you do!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to send in another contribution. Thank you for all you do for our nation's veterans.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am grateful that Paralyzed Veterans of America exists to advocate on behalf of our brave veterans, especially those who have been so seriously injured and paralyzed while defending our freedom.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are proud to support your great work on behalf of our veterans!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are pleased to add our names and approval to this great mission. Please keep up the great work on behalf of our Vets.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Jose C. Santos, Jr. > I am humble to introduce my name: Fmr Bishop and Temple Minister / There is war In Heaven and Michael the Archangel - and his armies fought: 1/3 of the host were cast out - and followed Lucifer, son of the morning, who is Satan the Devil ...no flesh and bone but all in spirit - other host of Heaven were on the side line just watching . . . And now those armies were sent down again to defend the New Jerusalem which the Americas: And they will continue to defend the cause of freedom - before the end of the Meridian of Time or Second Coming of Jesus Christ - all his disciples will come out from the grave - and Transformation of their Physical Body - enjoy life in the Millennium: A 1k years of Peace and Abundance - before the end of a 1k yrs. Satan will let loose again to test the people: And war will occur and Michael the Archangel will gather again all his Immortal Veteran Armies even the Host of Heaven to battle the War of God: I solemnly testifies that all our
Veterans ( Paralyzed & able) went to battle twice and the third is before the end of 1k yrs: War of Armageddon or War of God. . . I humbly offer my Love.Prayers.Blessings unto all through my PH. . .I so testify in His Holy Name . . .

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a faithful donor to this organization for the past 10 yrs.. My stepfather was a Disabled Veteran and I have witnessed the great deeds of this organizations. I commend you...continue the good works.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Ben Affleck is outstanding on-screen and off. I am so appreciative of his support for PVA. My dear husband was taken from us by ALS two years ago. He was a Vietnam era veteran and the PVA was fantastic in seeing that he got the care and benefits which he so deserved. Thank you forever.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Your National Service team in Sacramento helped our Dad with his battle with ALS. These benefits made all of the difference to our family.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The sacrifices you made for our country are greatly appreciated by my family and me. We are honored to invest in your mission.

Thank you!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Your work with ALS patients is another tribute to your efforts on behalf of ALL Veterans!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

No better place to invest your gifts. Thank you PVA!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

God Bless you and all you do especially for those who are injured. We are please to see our small investments in PVA working 24/7!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We cannot say enough about the important work this organization does for our Veterans! Thank you PVA!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We cannot thank you enough for your patient work with our Veterans! Our small donations are paying big returns!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am honored to support this great organization. Many thanks to our Veterans, their families and PVA!

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Donor

Rating: 5

ALS outreach program in the Bay Area has helped many Veterans. Their help, guidance and support has been of tremendous assistance to our neighbor. Thank you!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Your National Service Officers are top-notch. The Sacramento team help our neighbor with his battle with ALS. These benefits made all of the difference for this veteran and his family.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Extremely proud to see my investments at work for our Veterans. Thank you!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Dad was a strong PVA supporter, then after he was treated for a ALS, I noticed how much support veterans were getting from the PVA. Now I give to them because I want to support their mission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

As the grandchild of a combat veteran, I am honored to support their great work. A tribute to those who have served!
Thank you!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In my legal work in CA, I have become familar with the great job PVA does for our Vets. Helping them navigate the benefits and/or appeals process. Always without cost to our Veterans. Many thanks and please keep up the good work!