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.


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Recent News

11-03-15 Sam's Club would like to say "Thank You!" to veterans by offering exclusive renewal and joining benefits for active and former members of the U.S. Military. View more details by clicking here.

10-30-15 - 2015 Veterans Day Events in Iowa Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director, Colonel Robert King (Ret), encourages Iowans across the state to honor their military service members, veterans, loved ones, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, by attending one of the many Veterans Day ceremonies and services taking place in Iowa. Many of those events are enumerated in a list attached to this email. The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct its annual Iowa Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony on November 11, 2015, at Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Van Meter. The ceremony will begin at 8:00 a.m. Guest speaker will be United States Congressman David Young. The Iowa Veterans Cemetery is located at the I-80 Van Meter exit (exit 113), just west of Des Moines. The annual Veterans Day Program in Des Moines will be held on November 11, 2015 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center/Veterans Memorial beginning at 11:00 a.m. The convention center is located at 833 5th Avenue, Des Moines. This event will include representatives from all Veterans Service Organizations. Presiding at the ceremony will be Robert King, Executive Director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs. The guest speaker is Terri Beer, Director, Regional Office, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Des Moines. For more information, contact Adam Flack, 515.564-8031 or by email at aflack@iowaeventscenter.com


10-29-15 Home Plate Diner is offering free meals to veterans who have proof of service (Veteran Card, D214) on Veteran's Day. Both locations, 304 East 30th Street in Des Moines and 3900 NE 14th Stree in Des Moines, is offering this fantastic opportunity for a great meal. It is just one way Ryan Buman can offer his appreciation for veterans.

09-25-15 Rally Point Cedar Valley Veterans Announces Launch Offering Iowa's Only Homeless and Transitional Shelter for Active Service Members and Veterans. Read More.

09-23-15 Join us for the Operation Engage American event on November 10, 2015. Click here for more details.

09-10-15 The July - August 2015 Newsletter is now available. Click here to download.

09-10-15 Terry E. Brandstad has proclaimed September 18,2015 as POW/MIA Recognition Day in the state of Iowa in honor of all returned U.S. POW's and captured, missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War, Korean War, Cold War, and WWII, and ask all citizens of Iowa to observe this day with appropriate cereonies. See the entire proclomation here.

09-01-15 On July 25, 2015, the Cedar Rapids Eagle Riders held the All American Bash Motorcycle Ride and Fundraising Event. All proceeds from this event were directed to the Iowa Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. The event began with a ride which started at J&P Cycles in Anamosa. (J&P Cycles was also a significant sponsor of the event.) 70 motorcycles participated and made four stops before reaching the final destination at the beautifully renovated Veterans Memorial Building in Cedar Rapids, IA. Live music, food and silent auction was all provided at the Veterans Memorial Building. Several of the Iowa PVA Board of Directors and their wives were in attendance as well as National PVA Vice President Liaison Charles Brown (and Becky). The event was a huge success. On August 22, the Cedar Rapids Eagle Riders presented Iowa PVA with a check for $7500.00 raised at this event. This was the biggest one day fundraising event ever held by an Eagle Riders club. This is a fabulous group. Special thanks goes out to Mike Smith, Dale DeRues and Jim Delaney.

08-15-15 VAratings.com provides a free ratings/review system with a directory of all VA Hospitals, Outpatient Clinics, Veteran Centers, National Cemeteries and Intake Centers. The rating system consists of a 5 star rating process with questions about a veteran’s visit that deal with Department, Ease of scheduling, Wait times, Treatment quality, Staff’s quality of care and more. A comment section is also available where veterans can add more information and others visitors can respond directly to posts. Here's an article to read about it: http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/New-Website-Allows-Veterans-to-Review-VA-Facilities--321560631.html Please take a moment to register and rate your facility. While rating,include your comments about the importance of maintaining fully resourced specialized SCI/D services, access to customized prosthetics, and the need for SCI/D nurse staffing to allow for more operating beds for annual exams and acute care

07-29-15 Do you have a spinal cord injury, disease, or disorder? If so, you have been cordially invited to attend the 11th Annual Adaptive Sports & Recreation Expo. This will be held on Saturday August 15, 2015. For more information, please visit our sports sections by clicking here.

07-09-15 The May and June Newsletter is now available for download. You can find it here.

07-01-15 iGive.com July $1,000 Contest and $5 New Member Bonuses Mean Bigger Donations for Paralyzed Veterans of America - Iowa Chapter.

06-30-15 The Iowa Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America mobile app. is now available for download at the Apple App Store or Google Play. Downloading this app. to your mobile device provides an instant $1 donation to Iowa PVA, provides event information, provides information about our organization and enables you to donate simply and directly to Iowa PVA.

06-24-15 There will be a motorcycle ride, food/beverage and live music fundraising event held on July 25 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The event is being presented by the Cedar Rapids Eagle Riders and all proceeds will benefit the Iowa Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. Please come out and support our veteran heroes! For mor details see flyer above!

05-12-15 "May $5 New Member Promotion" Free Donations for Paralyzed Veterans of America - Iowa Chapter! Spring is finally here. To celebrate, I-Give will donate $5 per new member supporting Paralyzed Veterans of America - Iowa Chapter through May 31. Click this link and share with your friends. http://www.iGive.com/welcome/warmwelcome.cfm?c=67489&m=954776

03-16-15 "Your Future Awaits" scholarship program is taking place again this year. Applications will be accepted through June 17, 2015. Click here to learn more.

03-04-15 The 2015 Annual Trapshoot and Pistol Shoot have been scheduled. For more information and registration sheets, please view our sports page by clicking here.

02-23-15 Military members have a story to tell and the WRITING MY WAY BACK HOME weekend workshop will help them gain the tools and confidence to tell it well. By using reading and writing exercises to explore deployment and wartime experiences—the fear, boredom, anxieties, thrills, brutality, tears and beauty—attendees learn how to write a story and make it compelling. WRITING MY WAY BACK HOME participants will explore the many approaches possible to write about the self to produce personal stories, poetry, fiction, and song lyrics by the end of the weekend. To view more details, click here...


Help us raise $500 for the Iowa Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America

The Cedar Rapids, Iowa Eagle Riders are holding a fund raiser for the Iowa Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. 100 percent of the funds raised through this booster will be donated to the Iowa Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. All money donated to the Iowa PVA STAYS in Iowa to support our Vets. Click here to learn more.

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.

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