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PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/26/2015: PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA

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AKA  PVA
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PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/26/2015: PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA

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Also Known As: PVA
Physical Address: Washington, DC 20006 
EIN: 13-1946868
Web URL: www.SupportVeterans.org 
NTEE Category: W Public, Society Benefit
W30 Military/Veterans' Organizations
E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
Y Mutual/Membership Benefit Organizations, Other
Y99 Mutual/Membership Benefit Organizations, Other N.E.C.
Ruling Year: 1955 


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Mission Statement

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.

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2013
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2014

Total Revenue $154,682,359
Total Expenses $147,783,008

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Mr. Al Kovach

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Budget:
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Category:
Spinal Cord Injuries
Population Served:
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
Physically Disabled nec
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

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. Over 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 through pro bono legal representation, veterans benefits services, legislation & advocacy, access to quality healthcare, architecture and accessibility, and sports & recreational activities. PVA has awarded more than $50 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 2014 and beyond. Through the generosity of more than 30 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.

Program Long-Term Success:

Awarded 31 grants totally nearly $1.5 million for SCI research and education.

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About Paralyzed Veterans of America Share For nearly 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans of America has been on a mission to change lives and build brighter futures for our seriously injured heroes—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 band of service members who came home from World War II with a spinal cord injury. They returned to a grateful nation, but also to a world with few solutions to the challenges they faced. They made a decision not just to live, but to live with dignity as contributors to society. They created Paralyzed Veterans of America, an organization dedicated to veterans service, medical research and civil rights for people with disabilities. Today, the work continues to create an America where all veterans and people with disabilities, and their families, have everything they need to live full and productive lives. Paralyzed Veterans national officers and our 34 chapters represent thousands of veterans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
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