Vaughan PVA - Serving paralyzed veterans of Illinois

About Vaughan Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

Vaughan Chapter PVA was formed in 1946 and is a member chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). The PVA was chartered by Congress and relies solely on donations made by citizens and businesses. As a 501 (c ) ( 3 ) not-for-profit veterans service organization (VSO), Vaughan Chapter PVA is required to operate several mandated programs to benefit its members – veterans of the armed forces who have sustained spinal cord dysfunction.

Vaughan PVA Mission

Our mission is to be the leading advocate for our members through the work performed in the following mandatory programs:

  • Membership
  • Administration
  • Service
  • Liaison
  • Fundraising
  • Communication
  • Advocacy
  • Sports and Recreation.
Vaughan PVA leadership

Vaughan Chapter Leadership left to right; Arthur Wolf–Board of Director, Anthony Powell–Vice President, (standing) Dennis Scanlon, Secretary (middle chair) Josue Cordova–President, Gerald Brown– Treasurer, Robert Arcola–Board of Director

Vaughan PVA Objectives

  • Vaughan Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America (VPVA) takes actions necessary to restore spinal cord injured or diseased (SCI/D) Veterans' quality of life to as closely as humanly possible to previously wounded, ill, or injured selves. 
  • VPVA advocates for and monitors the delivery of high-quality and appropriate healthcare benefits and services by identifying and securing Veterans' benefits and other benefits for SCI/D Veterans. VPVA accomplishes connecting the right healthcare benefits by promoting medical research to cure spinal cord dysfunction and other related problems, educating society on the attitudinal, physical, and legal barriers confronting persons with disabilities, and influencing the removal of those barriers.
  • VPVA provides information opportunities for health promotion, recreation, employment, sports, services, and camaraderie for SCI/D Veterans and others as appropriate. VPVA provides support to other groups and individuals who share PVA's objectives. VPVA acquaints the public with the current and ongoing needs and current and past contributions of America's Veterans.

Get Involved

Each Vaughan Chapter PVA member is eligible to participate in the following local events and programs.

  • Hunting
  • Boccia
  • Bowling
  • Land of Lincoln B.A.S.S. Tournament
  • Hines V.A. Wheelchair Games
  • Annual Chapter Picnic
  • National Veteran Wheelchair Games
  • Peer to Peer Fundraising Campaigns
  • Rend Lake Shooting Classic for Persons with Disabilities
  • Indoor Air Rifle Disabled Shooting Competition
  • Abilities Expo
  • Memorial Day Parade
  • Advocacy/Legislation Seminar
  • Busse Woods one-day fishing derby
  • PVA Awareness Week
  • Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner
  • ADA Symposium
  • Access Chicago
  • A.D.A Celebration
  • Disability Pride Parade
  • National Veteran Golden Age Games
  • Billiard 8th Ball Tournament
  • National Veterans TEE Tournament
  • Veterans Day
  • Sweetheart Dance/Concert in February
  • Poker Tournament
  • Christmas Luncheon at Hines VA Hospital


2235 Enterprise Drive Suite 3501, Westchester, IL 60154


(708) 947-9790

Office Hours

Mon - Tue: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Thu - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm

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