Paralyzed Veterans of America.

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For over 67 years, Paralyzed Veterans of America [PVA] has been committed to changing lives and building brighter futures for our seriously injured heroes. PVA aims to empower these brave men and women with what they need to achieve the things they fought for: freedom and independence.

The organization was founded by a group of service members who returned from World War II with a spinal cord injury. With few solutions to the many challenges they faced, PVA was created to advocate for veterans’ needs, medical research and civil rights for people with disabilities.

Today their work continues to create an America where all veterans and people with disabilities, and their families, have the support they need to live full and productive lives.

Paralyzed Veterans currently operates 69 National Service Offices and 34 chapters, collectively representing thousands of veterans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

PVA works to alleviate the effects of and find a cure for spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) through the efforts of the PVA Education Foundation, the PVA Research Foundation, multiple partnerships and the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine’s evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and consumer guides.

Paralyzed Veterans of America supports innovative research and fellowships that improve the lives of those with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) and funds the following categories:

  • Laboratory research in the basic sciences to find a cure for SCI/D;
  • Clinical and functional studies of the medical, psychosocial and economic effects of SCI/D, and interventions to alleviate these effects;
  • Design and development of assistive technology for people with SCI/D, which included improving the identification, selection and utilization of these devices.

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