Changing the Lives of Service Members Injured
Since 1946

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378 Veterans provided medical assistance

200  Volunteer hours available 

150 hrs of sports & rec available each year

$237,236  in services and benefits provided annually

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"In attendance at my very first veterans wheelchair games I was an eyewitness as a quadriplegic father and son had a bonding experience.  The veteran participating in the wheelchair swallow came in dead last however his son ran and hugged him as if he had finished first.

 I began to cry because I realize at that moment what PVA is doing for the emotional and spiritual well-being of its membership. Sports and recreation are just one area orchestrated by PVA facilitating a full range of life experiences for spinal cord-injured veterans. The greatest of which is the opportunity to serve and to meet your heroes, to volunteer and work as part of the solution. Finally meeting your peers facilitates self-identity and promotes positive self-esteem"

Gerald BrownGerald BrownTreasurer, Vaughan Chapter PVA Pass National Director and Treasurer, Gateway Chapter PVA

"I've been a member of PVA for seven years now and have been so blessed. I have received help, guidance, invaluable information, friendship, and a sense of belonging to our organization. So I wish to give back and look forward to doing all I can to make our organization as great as it can be and as necessary and empowering for you and future members as it is for me".

Cheryl GerdesCheryl GerdesAirborn Army Officer with a Bronze Star from the Perian Gulf War
Who We HelpThe Vaughan Chapter formed in 1946 and is a charter member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit veterans' service organization (VSO), Vaughan PVA provides advocacy support and programming to veterans of the armed forces who have sustained spinal cord dysfunction in the state of Illinois. Learn more about Vaughan PVA.

DonationsMonetary donations help provide sports & events programming to our members, transportation to events, and advocacy services. Click to donate today.

MembershipVaughan PVA membership is FREE for eligible veterans. 

Any individual who meets the following criteria is eligible to join Paralyzed Veterans of America:

- A citizen of the United States.
- A veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces whose discharge was other than dishonorable.
- An individual who has suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of trauma or disease, which results in paralysis of more than one limb.

Click here to join PVA's 17,000+ members and be heard on issues that matter to you and others living with SCI/D in Illinois.

How to Get InvolvedIn addition to individual donations, community members and businesses can help support Vaughan PVA via event sponsorship, volunteering, and more.

Click here to learn how you can support Illinois veterans of the armed forces living with spinal cord injuries.

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