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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.

Community Stories

166 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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

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

2

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

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

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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

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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2

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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