Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of America, 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.
Southeastern is one of 34 Chapters of Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). Our local Chapter was chartered in the State of Georgia in 1962. We are governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of ten (10) veteran members of our organization. We pride ourselves on being responsible stewards of the funds we receive aiding veterans, their families and non-veteran disabled persons living in the states of Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee. Also, our members volunteer regularly to supports, visits and encourage fellows veterans at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Spinal Cord Unit and other medical facilities. Funding members to attend events like the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and other Sports & Recreation activities.
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 that maximize the independence of our members.
To enable Paralyzed Veterans to continue to honor this commitment, we must recruit and retain members who have the experience, energy, dedication, and passion necessary to manage the organization and ensure adequate resources to sustain the programs essential for Paralyzed Veterans of America to achieve its mission.
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Did you know it’s National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month?
Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) was originally founded by a band of service members who came home from World War II with spinal cord injuries. They returned to a grateful nation, but also to a world with few solutions to the major challenges they faced.
These wounded heroes made a decision not just to live, but to live with dignity as contributors to society. They created PVA as an organization dedicated to serving veterans-and to medical research, advocacy, and civil rights for all people with disabilities.
Since 1946, we have been on a mission to change lives and build brighter futures for our seriously injured heroes. We’ve had a single-minded mission-to empower our brave men and women to regain what they fought for: their freedom and independence. We are UnstoppABLE in our service to all veterans and people living with disabilities.
We want to improve voting accessibility this fall and would like your help!
Please take this brief Voter Accessibility Survey – and encourage others to do the same. Your responses will provide us with insights into the outlook for the 2020 presidential election.
As election day draws closer, we’re committed to providing the information that you need to vote safely and independently. Visit https://www.pva.org/vote for our full library of voting accessibility resources, including early laws by state and how to make a voting plan.
Mark your calendar to join us for our next Women Veterans Webinar on
September 17, 2020 at 11:00am EDT: How to be an Advocate | Your voice holds power on the Hill.
Speakers: Heather Ansley, Esq., MSW, Associate Executive Director of Government Relations and Maureen Elias, Associate Legislative Director
Join the Government Relations team for a webinar in which they will discuss the tools in an advocate’s tool-belt such as elevator pitches, storytelling, and the most effective way to share your message with members of Congress.
Download PVA’s Latest Clinical Practice Guideline:
Spinal Cord Medicine: Management of Mental Health Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, and Suicide in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury.
Download a free copy here.
Veterans stay up to date with the latest resources and news by visiting PVA.org or clicking on link below.