Paralyzed Veterans of America —
Changing Lives, Building Futures

About Paralyzed Veterans of America:

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.

As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation, and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families, and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Our History

Paralyzed Veterans was founded by a group of seriously injured American heroes from the "Greatest Generation" of World War II. They created a non-profit organization to meet the challenges that they faced back in the 1940s — from a medical community not ready to treat them to an environment with many barriers for people who use wheelchairs. For 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans national office and 34 chapters across the nation have been making America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities.

We Fight For All Veterans

  • We fight for all veterans with disabilities.
  • We advocate for quality VA health care and veterans benefits.
  • We push to make America more accessible.
  • We empower veterans with the tools they need to secure good careers.
  • We invest in research to find new treatments and a cure for paralysis.
  • We promote and provide wheelchair sports and recreational activities.
  • We deliver our services to all veterans and their families FREE of charge, thanks to the generous support and donations of the American people.

Our Accomplishments in 2014

  • Provided services to more than 60,000 veterans and their families.
  • Secured monetary and other awards from the Department of Veterans Affairs totaling more than $235 million in new awards and ancillary benefits with more than $1 billion in total benefits for veterans and their families.
  • Our Garnered an average award of $2,850 per month for clients, more than the combined average for the next two highest veterans service organizations.
  • Our Medical Services staff provided expert, independent oversight for VA health-care services and facilities, conducting 44 medical facility site visits.
  • Our Medical Services provided support to 1,400 callers requesting healthcare-related questions via Paralyzed Veterans' helpline (800) 232-1782.
  • Offered 600 scholarships to empower health-care professionals to attend Paralyzed Veterans' Summit 2014, one of the world's leading conferences with 80 world-class presenters sharing best practices and specialized in the field of spinal cord research and care.
  • Currently working with 695 veteran clients to secure career opportunities through Paralyzed Veterans' Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment) Program. PAVE has placed 119 clients in the last 6 months with a goal of placing one veteran, a caregiver or a family member per day in 2015.
  • Invested $1.2 million for research and education into new treatments and the search for a cure for paralysis.
  • Paralyzed Veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs co-presented the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games where nearly 600 veteran athletes competed in 17 events.

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