A supportive community for capable heroes. With us, these veterans can face any task in front of them without fear, because of the encouragement and support that our organization provides.
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a band of service members who came home from World War II with a spinal cord injury. They returned to a grateful nation, but also to a world with few solutions to the challenges they 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. Located in Chesterfield County, Virginia, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Mid-Atlantic Chapter was officially formed in 1947 and is one of the 13 original co-founding chapters of the organization. With nearly a thousand members, the work continues today to create an America where all veterans and people with disabilities, and their families, have everything they need
to live full and productive lives.
FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our purpose is to ensure that our Chapter is run legally and ethically. It is our responsibility to ensure that our members and veterans receive the care that is needed as well as offering them enough activities so that their rehab process continues even after discharge. We are elected by our membership so that everyone has the opportunity to serve and ensure the success of our Chapter.
We encourage our membership to get involved by sitting on one of our numerous committees so that they can learn and contribute to the organization.
Become a member of an time honored and proud group of brave men and women who do not let their disabilities define them but rather let their ABILITY define who they are.
Sports, Rec and Rehab Program
Sports and recreation is a critical element in the physical and mental well-being of
spinal cord injury/disease Veterans. The Mid-Atlantic Chapter encourages our
members to use this sports and recreation program as a rehabilitation tool to
increase independence, self-esteem and enhance quality of life. This program is
used as a stepping stone so that our veterans can regain their confidence so that
they can return to their roles in society.
It has been shown that by using sports and recreation as a rehabilitation tool that
veterans are able to overcome and improve some of the limitations that having a
spinal cord injury or disease pose. By providing this sports program after our
veterans have discharged keeps them active and provides a continuous
rehabilitation tool. This has helped with the social anxiety that our veterans face as
well as giving them a support system within something that they enjoy doing. The
competitive nature within a soldier continues long after he/she is discharged and
this provides a relationship between our veterans as it did when they were on
We hold several recreational events a year to promote strengthening of support
groups and camaraderie. Also all programs are funded through generous donations
of local business partners, supporters and the community.
Veterans who become SCI/D after leaving active duty receive care from the VA, but
benefits for many critical needs are not available to them. The chapter maintains
three financial assistance programs, designed to help non-service connected
members in need. The Accessible Independence Program helps fund the purchase
of van lifts, hand controls, etc. This program also assists with installation of ramps,
widening doorways, etc.
The Chapter sets aside a small amount of money for dire situations our members
may face. However, our goal is to help our veterans find the resources to live
independently through programs like PAVE, Paving Access for Veteran
Employment, the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s vocation and education program
to help our veterans return to work.
Volunteering with the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Mid-Atlantic Chapter is one of
our most important jobs. Volunteers are not just there to give time but they are a
representative of our organization. Many of our veterans develop a close
relationship with our volunteers and they become part of the Mid-Atlantic Family. It
is important for our volunteers to understand how important their role is to our
organization. They often are the support team that helps make the chapter stronger.
All volunteers participate in volunteer orientation and various other training
programs as they move through their career as volunteers. It is important to us to
ensure all volunteers are trained to speak the language of the PVA. If you would like
to volunteer your time please call or email the chapter office for all volunteer
opportunities. We would love to have you on board!
Our events are designed for our members to remain active and encourage them to
find something that they are interested in. By holding different events throughout the
year we are able to reach out to everyone and provide much needed support to our
members. Our events are held in different areas as well as settings. We are always
looking for new ideas and venues for our members to see and enjoy. If you are
curious about an event or would like to sponsor one then contact our office for more
DONATIONS AND SPONSORSHIP LEVELS
All Chapter programs and activities are funded through the generous support of
local business partners, supporters and the community.
Jennifer Purser- Administrative Director
Website : http://pvamidatlantic.org/