Welcome to Iowa PVA's New 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

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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