Welcome to Iowa PVA's Website

The Iowa Paralyzed Veterans of American (IPVA) is a non-profit organization and is one of 34 chapters which represents our national organization, Paralyzed Veterans of America. Our membership is free and consists of veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have suffered a spinal cord injury or received a diagnosis of disease affecting the spinal cord.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Paralyzed veterans of American, please accept our most sincere appreciation for your interest in our organization. It is our pleasure to share with you an overview of the organization and a few of the primary projects and programs we provide to assist our veteran members:

  • Providing a National Service Officer to assist veterans in the process of their claims through the Veterans Administration.
  • Sponsoring athletes who attend the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and other sporting or recreational events.
  • Providing funds for patient programs at both the Des Moines and Iowa City VAMCs, and at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.
  • Providing funds for medical personnel to attend special training seminars dealing with the care and treatment of spinal cord injuries/dysfunction.
  • Providing funds for foundations and corporations who promote finding a cure and/or improving the quality of life for those with catastrophic spinal cord injuries or diseases (these include both national and local research projects).
  • Providing education and advocacy to the community at large to improve the accessibility to the public and private institutions for all disabled individuals.
  • Sponsoring social activities for our members and their families.

Iowa PVA relies solely on private donations and receives no governmental funding. All contributions are tax deductible*, as we are a 501(c)(3) corporation. We are a veteran's service organization charted by Congress.

On behalf of all of our members and associate members, thank you for your interest in our organization. Please visit our site frequently; we are always adding pictures, videos, and information about our non-profit organization.


In the spotlight!

On June 7 , 27 veterans, 19 caretakers/spouses and 19 volunteers (total of 65) headed up to Falls Lake in Ely, MN for the Castaway Disabilities Fishing Event. This annual event provides a week of fishing and camaraderie to disabled veterans and their caretakers.  Historically, this event has been sponsored by the Iowa City VA with the assistance of the Iowa City Eagles Club.  Unfortunately, last year’s event had to be cancelled due to some administrative issues within the VA. To avoid that happening in the future, the Iowa City VA, the Iowa City Eagles Club and Iowa PVA entered into a partnership to ensure that this event will continue without interruption.  Basically, the Iowa City VA hosts the event, provides transportation, and provides medical staff volunteers to attend the event. The Iowa City Eagles and Iowa PVA assist in planning the event, provide volunteers, collect donations and endure the financial responsibility for the event. This year Iowa PVA was fortunate enough to be awarded a generous Quality of Life grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to assist with paying for the 2014 Castaways event. 

The Craig H. Neison Foundation was established in 2002 as a private foundation dedicated to spinal cord injury research and quality of life programs for people living with SCI.  Mr. Neilsen lived with a high level spinal cord injury for 21 years until his death in 2006.  He was a visionary with an entrepreneurial spirit who led his companies with inexhaustible passion.  While he worked hard and was grateful for what he had, he always remembered others who were experiencing challenges similar to his own.  Craig Neilsen wanted his Foundation to contribute in a significant way to SCI research and to offer those with SCI the quality of life they deserve.

Today, the mission of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is to improve the quality of life for those living with spinal cord injury (SCI) and support scientific exploration for effective therapies and treatments leading to a cure. With this vision for the future, the Neilsen Foundation funds SCI programs that will:

  • Lead to key discoveries through innovative and collaborative basic-applied, translational and clinical research.
  • Establish standards for the delivery of care, particularly in the area of rehabilitation.
  • Empower individuals living with spinal cord injury to live independently in the community and enjoy improved emotional and physical well-being (i.e.  The Castaway Disabilities Fishing Event).

Upon our return from Castaways on June 14, it was time for the Iowa Chapter Trapshoot. This was the year-end event on the National PVA Trapshoot Circuit.  It was held 6/27-6/29/14 in Cedar Rapids, IA.  We had a great turnout of shooters, and unbelievable volunteers support.  This also turned into a great media opportunity for the Iowa PVA.  We did an hour long radio spot, two television interviews and the local newspaper covered us three times.  In addition to drawing attention to PVA’s shooting program, this gave us an opportunity to promote all of the great programs that PVA offers our members.

Finally, on August 2, we held our 3rd Annual Iowa PVA Red, White and Blue Golf Event. The weather was perfect and the golf course was in great shape.  We had 35 golfers participate.  There were some old friends in attendance, but several new faces.  Everyone had a great time and hopefully we can get even more participants for next year’s event.


The Cedar Rapids Eagle Riders

On August 3rd, the Cedar Rapids Eagle Riders presented a check to Iowa PVA in the amount of $1500. This generous donation was raised through a fundraising event held in Cedar Rapids on July 4th. The Eagle Riders held a fundraising bash that included food, a band, silent auctions and raffles, and fireworks. IPVA Vice President/PVA National Director Kenny Lloyd and PVA National Vice President Joe Fox represented PVA at this event along with their wives Pauline Lloyd and Hilda Fox.





Recent News

01-27-15 On February 27, 2015 check out the "Writing My Way Back Home - Free Midwest Veterans Writing Workshop" on Eventbrite! Click here for more details.

01-15-15 The November and December 2014 newsletter has arrived. Download your copy here.

11-14-14 New Update for VACAA - Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act - Download it here.

11-05-14 This morning the VA is announcing the initial role out of the choice program, a provision of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act (VACAA). Below is an Open Letter to Veterans from VA Secretary, Robert McDonald earlier. Here is the fact sheet for the Choice Program. You can read the fact sheet for the VACAA here.

11-05-14 Please click here read the open letter from Secretary McDonald explaining the Choice Program.

10-31-14 On Wednesday afternoon, February 25, St. Ambrose University will host the Eastern Iowa / Western Illinois Veterans Conference, which is a collaborative event between SAU, Black Hawk College, Eastern Iowa Community College District, and Western Illinois University Quad Cities. The theme for this year's conference is "Seek the Middle Ground: Bridging the Divide from Military to Civilian" which will look at ways for civilians and military to commonly address issues that divide them. For more information, or to register to attend for FREE, visit www.sau.edu/VeteranServices.

10-29-14 Coming Spring 2015: Veterans Recreation and Education Camp for Individuals with SCI/D. This event is hosted by the University of Arizona. Want to learn more? Click Here for the brochure. Want to apply? Click here for the application.

10-28-14 The September and October 2014 newsletter has arrived. Download your copy here.

09-17-14 A new map and flyer have been provided for the Honor flight. If you downloaded the previous version, please download the updated one here.

09-15-14 On September 30 nearly 400 Central Iowa Veterans will board an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. where they will have the opportunity to visit the World War II and Korean War memorials. The Polk County Board of Supervisors have supported this event and our office has been asked to help gather community support to send the Veterans off on their flight. If you would like to be part of this special day, download the information pamphlet here.

09-09-14 The 2014 Norther Lights CFC (Central Iowa) Campaigns have begun. Please visit www.northernlightscfc.org to donate. Our campaign number is 32567.

09-08-14 The 2014-2015 Sports and Recreation schedule has been released. Please visit the sports section for upcoming events or click here to be directed directly to the page.

08-06-14 The July and August 2014 newsletter has arrived. Download your copy here.

07-12-14 The 2014 Red, White, and Blue Golf Outing is August 2nd 2014. Please go the golf portion of the web page here, to download your registration form.

06-17-14 100% Disabled Service-Connected/Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Property Tax Exemption Forms Available. Read the entire press release here.

05-29-14 May - June's Newsletter just arrived. See it here.

05-27-14 We have PVA's response letter to Sherman Gillum for download here (in .PDF format).

05-27-14 We have Sherman Gillums open letter to veterans for download here (in .PDF format).

05-26-14 PVA Associate Executive Director for Veterans Benefits Sherman Gillums was on CBS This Morning to discuss the story this past weekend regarding the Senate VA Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) and his open letter to all veterans and the response of veterans service organizations, including Paralyzed Veterans of America. Check it out here.

Update to Sherman Gillums story - Please tune in to watch AED of Veterans Benefits, Sherman Gillums, being interviewed tomorrow 5/27 on CBS This Morning, during the 7 am hour (EST). He will be responding to Sen. Burr's open letter to veterans that was put out on Friday. See his written response here.

05-05-14 Thirty elderly or disabled homeowners in the greater Des Moines area are getting major home renovations thanks to hundreds of volunteers. Click here to see the news feed from KCCI.

04-08-14 The 2014 Hoopin' At The Dome, 3 on 3 basketball tournament to be held in the shadows of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines is only ONE month away. This fast paced outdoor tournament showcases teams from all over the state. Click here for more details.

03-31-14 Come join us for the Iowa 2014 Motorcycle Safety Forum. This rider-focused event is facilitated by Iowa’s motorcycle safety team, a diverse partnership of motorcycle safety advocates, the Iowa Department of Transportation, motorcycle coaches, dealers and riders. Download Flyer

03-26-14 The 2014 Iowa PVA Golf Event is scheduled for Saturday, August 2 at River Valley Golf Course in lovely Adel, IA. All proceeds will benefit the Iowa PVA sports program. If you are unable to play with us, please consider sponsoring a hole or supporting our event in any way possible. I have attached the registration flyer and sponsorship information. Download Flyer

03-12-14 Come join us for our Annual Bowl-A-Thon which supports wheelchair awareness. Download the attached sign-up sheet and mail it in. Download Now...

03-11-14 Are you a Veteran seeking a rewarding career with an organization devoted to serving our Veterans? Come to our Veterans Hiring Fair on March 14, 2014, from 1 pm to 4 pm at Camp Dodge, Gold Star Museum, 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston, Iowa. Download Flyer.

02-29-14 Interested in a 5k Run-Walk-Wheel event? The University of Iowa Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences Student Organization is hosting this event on Sunday April 13th, 2014. Want more info, Download the flier here... Want to sign up, click on this link here...

02-28-14 Easter Seals, in partnership with Des Moines University, is hosting our 6th Annual Health and Wellness Fair. It’s open to the entire public with a focus on bringing vendors who specialize in the unique needs of children and adults with disabilities or special needs. Click here to view attached flier for more details...

02-25-14 New ID Cards for Vets Enrolled in VA Health Care - Click here for more details. All Veterans who are enrolled and have the old card should have their new replacement card by July.

02-16-14 The 2014 Adaptive Cycling Clinic is coming soon! Please click here to check out the nearest location and time.

01-31-14 Prosthetics Delay Report Form is now available, click Veterans Benefits for more details.

01-20-14 Iowa Female Military Veterans interested in Farm Careers are invited to participate in on-farm mentorships; Application Deadline is February 15, 2014. Download Application

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