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Paralyzed Veterans of America

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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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129 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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

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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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the high caliber of their volunteer leadership and staff. Many of these patriots are paralyzed veterans themselves. Their work to improve the lives of disabled veterans by providing essential services, rehabilitation and opportunities is inspiring and ongoing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Attended Wheelchair Games this year and was so inspired by the spirit and determination of these disabled soldiers. Thanks PVA for the support and services you provide to this special group of patriots.

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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!!!