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Paralyzed Veterans of America

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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

121 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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

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

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Another great victory for Veterans! On January 19, 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued an interim final rule amending its regulation regarding fertility counseling and treatment available to qualifying veterans and their spouses. Today, services finally became available to veteran.
A young family thanks you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Extremely happy with their mission and programs. I have been donating for nearly 20 years. Great organization with great impact. Great public service announcement.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the great honor to serve as a volunteer for the Paralyzed Veterans of America from 1997 - 2007. Over that time I had the occasion to meet Board members, donors and staff. Each and every person was dedicated to the mission of the organization. It was humbling to interact and meet the many men and women who served our nation with pride and who suffer from spinal cord injury and disease.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have always 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 some staff and participants. Now we have seen firsthand how our contributions help ensure that life is not over when a veteran becomes paralyzed.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

For over 16 years my husband and I have contributed to PVA. We are pleased to see our modest gifts used to help ALL veterans. Thank you for your service!

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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