Paralyzed Veterans of America, Texas Chapter

Improving lives, building futures

aka TCPVA, Texas PVA,   |   Crosby, TX   |  www.texaspva.org

Mission

The mission of Paralyzed Veterans of America, Texas Chapter is to serve veterans with spinal cord injury/disease, and individuals with disabilities, by providing programs that build a better future for them so they may be active in the community and live life to its fullest.

Ruling year info

1955

President

Derrick Perkins

Main address

P.O. Box 989

Crosby, TX 77532 USA

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EIN

74-6077762

NTEE code info

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Fishing and Hunting Clubs (N61)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Membership

We fund monthly luncheons and holiday dinners for the in-patients, staff and numerous outpatients at the Houston and San Antonio Spinal Cord Injury Units throughout the year. We have Hospital Liaison Officers at both VA Hospitals.The chapter also provides volunteer's supplies, toiletries and various other benefits to our veterans who must spend time in the hospital. We also provide funding for various patient outings. The Texas Chapter members serve as peer counselors to newly injured or diagnosed spinal cord disease veterans in a VA approved Peer Counseling Program. Members with years of experience living with spinal cord injury or diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, match up with the newly injured or diagnosed veterans. These newly hospitalized individuals, both men and women, may have been injured while on active duty, or several years later long after having been discharged. The program tries to assign counselors based upon age, injury level, and life experience. This program helps members of the Texas Chapter who may find themselves in need of emergency assistance. Members must be in good standing for a minimum of 6 months prior to qualifying for consideration. Assistance is limited to once per year. All payments must be made directly to the vendor and not to the individual requesting assistance. Request are confidential.Emergency Assistance-This program helps members of the Texas Chapter who may find themselves in need of emergency assistance. Members must be in good standing for a minimum of 6 months prior to qualifying for consideration. Assistance is limited to 1 per year. Recreation Event Reimbursement-A onetime per fiscal year event will be reimbursed, in an amount not to exceed $120.00, to a voting member of the Tx Chapter in good standing.Family Hotel Assistance-This program is designed to assist members' immediate family with hotel expenses when visiting with an inpatient that is a voting member of TPVA, or as a newly admitted patient to the SCI/D unit.

Population(s) Served

Paralyzed Veterans' Sports and Recreation program help our members and all veterans with a disability to get back into life. The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, fishing, sporting clays, billiards, bowling and the Outdoor Sports program demonstrate the many and varied activities we provide to ensure an active lifestyle remains a possibility for veterans with catastrophic injuries. Our programs are open to all individuals - We encourage anyone with any disability including amputation, traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder, or neurological disorders such as MS or ALS to join us at our events. Each year several of our members and their caregivers attend the Winter Sports Clinic where veterans learn to Alpine and Nordic skiing and are introduced to a variety of other activities and sports such as rock climbing, scuba diving, curling, snowmobiling and sled hockey. Sports have therapeutic benefits on physical, mental and social well-being.

Population(s) Served

Research into treatments and cures for SCI has been a priority for PVA since our earliest days. Our founders were pioneers in promoting research. They recognized that paralysis does not affect veterans of military service exclusively, but can happen to anyone at any stage of their lives.Until a few decades ago, most scientists believed that paralysis due to spinal cord injury was impossible to reverse. Steady research investment from PVA and others committed to finding a way to reverse paralysis has produced promising laboratory results and demonstrated that, given the right parameters, it is possible to reverse nerve damage, rewire severed nerves, and restore lost neurological function.PVA continues to work towards alleviating the effects of and finding a cure for 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.

Population(s) Served

AdvocacyParalyzed Veterans of America works with all disabled citizens on issues that affect their independence. Transportation, employment, housing and attendant care are the major issues confronting disabled persons today. Paralyzed Veterans of America and its satellite offices work closely with local and state organizations to advocate for solutions to the problems affecting the disabled person's needs.LegislationThrough the years Paralyzed Veterans of America has worked closely with federal and state legislatures to improve the quality of life of the disabled community. Independent living and advocating for the civil rights of disabled Americans are two of our on-going legislative objectives. We work with congress to maintain the VA budget for adequate funding and to maintain services for all veterans. TPVA supports accessible housing programs and efforts to secure adequate funding for attendant care through federal and state agencies.

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Goals & Strategy

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We strive to improve the lives of paralyzed veterans and their families.

We assist disabled veterans with obtaining benefits, making sure their homes are wheelchair accessible and providing hand controls in their vehicles so that they may remain as independent as possible.

We work hand and hand with the VA Spinal Cord Injury Units to ensure that our members are receiving the level of care that they require. We assist VA Nurses and Therapist with Continuing Education Scholarships so that the VA Hospitals retain highly qualified medical personnel.

Once their benefits are established and they are back home, we try to get them out and active as soon as possible and as much as possible. Competitive sports not only benefit they body, they boost confidence and build camaraderie among veterans. Sports and recreational activities can also decrease depression. We provide funding for our members to participate in any sport activity they chose. From shooting sports, hunting, fishing, equestrian, etc.

We offer Peer to Peer Counseling and monthly Membership Forums. We offer emergency financial assistance if someone finds themselves in financial crisis.

We have National Service Officers who are top of the line and their expertise results in obtaining the highest benefit rating possible.

We provide funding and all equipment required for our members to participate in sports activities. We offer several hunting and fishing trips per year. We provide funding for our members to attend the Winter Sports Clinic each year in Snowmass, CO where they snow ski, snow mobile and participate in a wide variety of activities. We also provide funding for members to attend the National Veterans Wheelchair Games where they compete against other disabled veterans.

We have not yet found a disability that we cannot accommodate.

Our programs are growing and our membership program ratio continues to increase each year.

Financials

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Paralyzed Veterans of America, Texas Chapter

Board of directors
as of 2/5/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Anne Robinson

David Bradshaw

Josue Lopez

Robert Webb

Steve Holbert

Alvin Guerrero

Derrick Perkins

Tammy Jones

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes