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KIPVA | Paralyzed Veterans of America

Mission Statement


Our Mission

The mission of the Kentucky-Indiana Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America is to improve the quality of life of U.S.military veterans and others with spinal cord dysfunction through the use of advocacy, research, sports and recreation, education and communication.


Our Purpose

To aid and assist in every way, veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States that have suffered injuries or diseases of the spinal cord.

To publicize the needs of veterans with spinal cord injury and disease through every means and channel available in order to effect the fullfillment of their needs.

To promote the full participation of citizens with spinal cord injury or disease into society by presenting educational programs to acquaint the public with issues & needs surrounding spinal cord injury and disease and by aiding and assisting organizations and associations which may be organized for the same purposes.

To advocate and foster thorough and continuing medical research in the fields connected with injuries and diseases of the spinal cord.

To advocate and foster comprehensive rehabilitation programs for KIPVA members and others in the disabled community.

To cooperate with other corporations and groups engaged in similar activities with a view toward carring out the mission in the most effective manner.


The History of PVA

Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a band of spinal cord injured service members who returned home from World War II to a grateful nation, but also to a world with few solutions to the challenges they faced.

In 1946, the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) was formed by World War II spinal cord injured (SCI) veterans and became a national organization through the unification of several independent organizations of paralyzed veterans throughout the United States of America. In August 1971, PVA received its Congressional Charter as a National Veterans Organization.