The Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans), a congressionally chartered Veteran 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, (disease, MS, ALS). Paralyzed Veterans will use the 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.
Membership is free and is open to those that have served in the military and have a spinal cord injury or disease, or dysfunction such as Multiple Sclerosis or ALS.
The Wisconsin Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America aims to improve the quality of life for our American veterans and others with spinal cord injury or dysfunction through our programs: advocacy, research, sports and recreation, education and communication. We work closely with the Zablocki VA Medical Hospital Spinal Cord Injury Unit, to promote involvement in national and local activities that support PVA's mission.
- To advocate for and monitor the delivery of high quality and appropriate health care benefits and services.
- To assist in identifying and securing veterans' benefits and other benefits for spinal cord injured and diseased veterans and others.
- To promote medical research to cure spinal cord dysfunction.
- To educate society on the attitudes, physical and legal barriers which confront persons with disabilities and to influence the removal of those barriers.
- To provide opportunities for health promotion, recreation, employment, sports, services and camaraderie for spinal cord injured veterans and others.