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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Mutual & Membership Benefit, Veterans

Mission: Paralyzed Veterans of America - Wisconsin Chapter (PVA-WI) works to improve the quality of life for Veterans, in Wisconsin, living with spinal cord injury or disease, including those with MS and ALS. Our work is carried out through a number of programs that focus on research and education, quality healthcare, access to benefits, advocacy and legislation, membership and outreach and adaptive sports and recreation.

Results: Please see our website for regular updates.

Target demographics: Veterans with spinal cord injury, disease, MS or ALS

Direct beneficiaries per year: our 200+ members

Geographic areas served: The State of Wisconsin

Programs: Paralyzed Veterans of America – Wisconsin Chapter (PVA-WI) works to improve the quality of life for veterans, in our state, living with spinal cord injury or disease, including those with MS and ALS. Our work is carried out through programs that focus on research and education, quality healthcare, access to benefits, advocacy and legislation, membership, communication and outreach, and adaptive sports and recreation. A spinal cord injury or disease diagnosis is different for each individual; how much feeling they have, how much movement and strength are all different and can change over time. This means that our programs need to have a great deal of flexibility built in. While part of a National Organization, our Chapter makes every effort to meet the needs of our members here in Wisconsin. It is important to note that membership in PVA-WI is free and open to anyone and while our focus is on Veterans, the work we do benefits all people with disabilities. With more than 5 million American’s living with paralysis, our programs impact the lives of many.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Striving to improve the lives of veterans living with spinal cord injury or disease, MS or ALS. Creating unforgettable, life moments!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This small non-profit stands out among it's peer group as an exceptional veteran service organization. PVA-WI has a 4-star Charity Navigator rating and GuideStar Platinum certification!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Our PVA Chapter has been a strong supporter of getting Veterans with spinal cord injury out of their homes and involved in a wide assortment of activities including trapshooting, sport fishing, hunting, canoeing and kayaking, bowling, table tennis, offering support for going out to dinner, visiting local attractions, attending sporting events, and supporting participation in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games with both financial support and encouragement. Much of the support is facilitated through all local VA where we have a strong working relationship.

1 sharpq

Board Member

Rating: 5

Paralyzed Veterans of America is a fantastic organization that strives to make the lives of eligible veterans more fulfilled. Through sport programs, advocacy issues and so much more, PVA-WI is at the forefront of doing just that for its members. The leadership is passionate in what they do and it shows.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Wisconsin PVA is a shining example on how to support and provide for those who have served us.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PVA-WI has helped enable many veterans with some of the most challenging circumstances in post-military life. They advocate for positive change for the veterans they serve which also helps others within their community to include but not limited to making sure places truly are ADA compliant and those who are permanently bound to a wheelchair can partake in things that were unthought of. They also support veterans on the individual level with activities that they enjoy to improve their quality of live, they truly help keep their members engaged in positive uplifting events throughout the year.

1 Angela W.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the PVA Wisconsin Chapter! They are awesome and always do the best outreach to Veterans! PVA will assist disabled veterans in any way they can. As a veterans I discovered they have special programing and activities such as fishing, sports and other support groups for Veterans. I love being a member of this PVA chapter. They treat me and all the veterans like we are family. They are the BEST

1 kenleecoty

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Where to begin. PVA-WI is a lifesaver for veterans with paralysis and the community. They are the voice, support, and hope for many. I have been the outside community recipients of many benefits that they provide. It is well run. If it weren't for them, many of my colleagues would be in the dumps. This organization is on the top of the list of my most respected and favorite non-profit organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Paralyzed Veterans of America Wisconsin (WPVA) have been the voice of the Milwaukee VA Spinal Cord Injury Center since its inception. WPVA have been there to provide service to the disabled veterans and their caregivers. There is no greater partner to have than WPVA for our paralyzed veterans. Their goal is always been the paralyzed veterans and the supporters that provide assistance to them.
Supporting WPVA has been the one of the best "investment" I have made. 99% of what I give goes to the vet's programs and community advocacy for persons in wheelchair. I place my professional and personal reputation on WPVA. Many of the programs that I run at the VA as well as in the community are due to WPVA's support.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the executive director of PVA-WI, I'm always impressed by the board and staff members' continuous passion for serving our members and the creative ways they seek to improve the quality of life for our members. It is an honor to be part of an organization with such a high commitment to quality.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Great Veteran Service Organization providing free services to it's member, their families, and caregivers. Excellent resource for Spinal Cord Injuries/Dysfunction.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PVA -is a wonderful organization. I have seen nothing but smiles on the veterans faces at the events that I have attended. There is no way we can repay our Veterans for what they have sacrificed for us. The Paralyzed Veterans of America provides many opportunities to the Veterans, of which they are well deserving and deserving of more. Thank you PVA for how you support our Paralyzed Veterans!!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Paralyzed Veterans of America - WI (PVA-WI) Chapter is an incredible nonprofit working to enhance the lives of our American veterans with spinal cord injury or dysfunction through advocacy programs, providing peer mentorship, sports and recreation, support for caregivers, and camaraderie for its members. PVA-WI goes the extra mile for its members to ensure that they have the best quality of life possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

W-PVA has been there for me when I needed help me with covering some of the costs of my Caregiver and myself to get to Wheelchair Games in whatever state they maybe in! They sponsor a couple of AirRifles tournaments every year, and the banquet that they put on at the end of the fiscal year! They give us the opportunity enjoy time with our spouse twice a year and they will reimburse us up to $50.00 each time!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Exceptional nonprofit with a small staff doing great things for Wisconsin Veterans. Only 4-star Charity Navigator rated 501c3 veteran service organization in the whole state of Wisconsin!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with the PVA of Wisconsin in spring of 2002, shortly after 9/11. I was too old to join the military, so thought that helping in this way would be something positive to do. I find that the guys that were on the board, mostly all paralyzed vets, were not complainers. Rather, they all worked toward a goal of making the world a better place for other vets in similar situations. My personal experience has been doing things such as helping with the monthly pizza nights at the spinal cord unit that was sponsored by the PVA-WI up until a few years ago. Helping if they need an extra set of hands at a Brewers tailgate party, again, up until a few years ago. A very popular event. I go to Brewer games with the Vets on Sunday afternoons for some home games every season, and just fill in when I am able to help out. Finally, I think in my opinion, that the PVA provides different opportunities for the vets to feel more part of another community….people with similar huge challenges. Having never been in their position, I can only imagine that this is a positive thing. -Bob Wolfgram Sr.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The PVA Wisconsin have been an absolute treat to work with. I have the honor of working with and teaching Veterans golf lessons. Scott and the PVA have helped in countless ways to make the program the best it can be. The biggest might be the support for a Veteran Golf League that keeps veterans engaged in golf and with each other. Without the PVA's support this would not be possible. Thank you Scott and the PVA of Wisconsin!

4 Tiffany Koehler

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Paralyzed Veterans Of America Wisconsin Chapter is a stellar. They truly put Veterans first. I observed firsthand the care of my brothers and sisters in arms by this organization. They empower individuals to reclaim their lives after injury or disease struck and offer Veterans the ability to proactive in advocacy and legislation, in addition to being active in sports and recreation especially important in rehabilitation of the mind, body and soul. Bravo PVoA WC!

4 Scott G.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wisconsin’s only 4-Star charity Navigator rated 501(c)(3) veteran service organization

3 Kevin K.5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you PVA Wisconsin for all you do. PVA supports veterans in a positive manner

3 Sue G.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have see PVA-WI help Veterans with spinal cord injuries enjoy fishing, trap shooting, air rifle and pistol, boccie ball, hand cycling, LaCrosse, snow boarding and much more. Providing support to those that served and now are permanently injured is a worth while investment of time and money.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The PVA of America Wisconsin Chapter goes well over and beyond expectancy for our Spinal Cord Injury Veterans at the Milwaukee, WI VA Hospital. If a Veteran needs a Lunch or an Emergency Go Bag they have it there for them. The Veterans that want to attend the Wheelchair Olympics or Winter Sports Clinic the PVA help them out any way they can. They also take care of the Care Givers of our Veterans. They show their appreciation in many ways. We have a yearly Appreciation luncheon for all Staff and Veterans, if I need assistance with activities for staff morale they are always there to help and they are very helpful with assisting with Care Givers continuing education. I truly believe that the WI Chapter PVA deserve this award and many more for all they do for the Veteran Community.

3 Roxanne C.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A sound advocate. An advocate for a population who inspire many. Caring for a spinal cord injury (SCI) person is a blessing. Time after time, the WI PVA is ready and available front-and-center, to do what it takes to make an SCI patients day a little brighter. Their focus and vision should not go unnoticed. They wholeheartedly are the foundation that allows movement forward.

2 Katie Bobholz S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The WI PVA goes above and beyond for our Veterans. I could give numerous examples, but the overall theme is that they will do whatever is possible to get the job done!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great organization with people who truly care about the community!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

WPVA has many programs for paralyzed veterans. They work hard to make sure that all aspects of life are addressed to help the vets get out and involved in their communities.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have many years experience working with nonprofit organizations and veteran related programs across the country. I have recently learned about PVA Wisconsin and am becoming more familiar with all they do for our Vets. Their mission to advocate, educate, support and provide events/sports to the men and women who served....truly a “feel good” organization to become involved with in any way. Their level of caring and integrity could be a model for many other organizations. I look forward to partnering with them where I can, and making a difference with the members who truly deserve this. Thank you PVA. Diane Miller RN

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was recently able to participate in a 2 day air rifle & pistol tournament that the Paralyzed Veterans of America - Wisconsin Chapter put on. It was all free of charge and it was incredible. They provided basic and advanced instruction, great food, ample practice time on the range, multiple competitions and some very nice and unique prizes. However, the thing that sticks out in my mind the most was the chance to make many new friends, both veterans and civilians, and both disable and able-bodied. The opportunity for physically disabled individuals to get out into the community, engage in a challenging adaptive sport, learn and/or hone new abilities, etc., cannot be underestimated as to the benefits accrued not only to the disabled person, but also to their caregivers and the general population that they come in contact with. My hat goes off for this organization that is providing some very worthwhile activities that many can enjoy and benefit from.