Mission Statement


Founded in 1946, the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is a national organization dedicated to serving former members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have suffered catastrophic paralysis as a result of spinal cord injury or disease. By Public law 92-93 (1971), the U.S. Congress charted PVA.


Board and Staff



Our board and office staff are ready and willing to serve our members. If you have any questions, please contact us.





Chapter Story


The Minnesota Paralyzed Veterans of America was granted chapter status in 1993. Our office is located within the Minneapolis VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. Our current membership is over 300. The Minnesota PVA is an IRS, tax exempt - 501 (c) 3 organization registered with the State of Minnesota and as such all gifts are tax deductible. The National Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded in 1947, with a total membership of over 21,000 in all 50 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. PVA is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of individuals with spinal cord injury or disease.


Key Objectives


The key objective of the Paralyzed Veterans of America is to take those actions necessary to restore spinal cord injury or diseased victims’ bodies and life potentials as closely as humanly possible to those Americans not suffering spinal cord dysfunction. This will be accomplished by the coordinated efforts of the PVA organization through programs to:

  • Advocate for and monitor the delivery of high quality and appropriate health care benefits and services

  • Assist to identify and secure veterans’ benefits and other benefits for paralyzed veterans and others as appropriate

  • Promote medical research to cure spinal cord dysfunction and other related problems

  • Educate society about the attitudinal, physical, and legal barriers that confront persons with disabilities in order to influence the removal of those barriers

  • Provide information and opportunities for health promotion, recreation, employment, sports, services, and camaraderie for paralyzed veterans and others as appropriate

  • Cooperate with and see the support of other groups and individuals that share PVA’S objectives

  • Acquaint the public with the current and ongoing needs and current and past contributions of America’s veterans

  • Promote involvement of the public in national and local activities that support PVA’S mission