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Paralyzed Veterans Of America Wisconsin Chapter

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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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

1 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!

2 Scott G.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

2 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.

2 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.

1 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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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!

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an advocate, volunteer and paralyzed veteran myself, PVA-WI is a great Veteran Service Organization. It stands out amongst it’s peers by achieving and maintaining a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. The BOD is committed to building a legacy through endowment funding thus providing funding for many years to come to assist PVA-WI members and their families. To date, I have volunteered over 1,000 hours to this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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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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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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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.

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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.