ABOUT THE PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA – CALIFORNIA CHAPTER
For 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. These service members returned to a grateful nation, but also to a world with few solutions to the challenges they now 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 of America California is one of the first 5 original chapters of PVA. Our chapter of approximately 700 members covers roughly 40 states throughout our nation. We are based in Long Beach CA, and serve the special needs of our members – veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction. The California Chapter works towards the mission by advocating for the best healthcare and providing opportunities to improve quality of life.
OUR TOP PRIORITY IS IMPROVING THE LIVES OF DISABLED VETERANS
We offer support to veterans and their families through employment services, legal services, assistance with benefits and more.
All our programs and services are provided to veterans and their families FREE OF CHARGE because of our supporters!
PVACC IS THE LEADING ADVOCATE FOR CALIFORNIA PARALYZED VETERANS
Founded in 1946, we have 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 uses 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.