Welcome to the Keystone Paralyzed Veterans of America
The Keystone Paralyzed Veterans of America is one of 33 chartered chapters of the Paralyzed Veterans of America in the United States. The chapter was founded in 1960.
People are usually surprised to know that the U. S. government and the Department of Veterans Affairs do not provide for all the needs of veterans, even those who have been disabled or paralyzed. In fact, many of those services that are provided did not exist until veterans’ service organizations, the PVA among them, worked with Congress and the VA to put those services into place. And we work every day to try to make those services better and meet the changing needs.
The Paralyzed Veterans of America, founded in 1946, is a Congressionally chartered veterans’ service organization that has developed a unique expertise on many issues relating to the special needs of its members–veterans of the armed services who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction. (“Congressionally-chartered” means that the Congress set our operating parameters. PVA and its chapters do got get government money–your taxes!–unless we perform a service under contract. The Keystone chapter has no such service contracts, and we depend exclusively on non-tax donations.)
What does the PVA do?
The PVA uses this expertise to be the leading advocate for:
- Quality health care for its members,
- Research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction,
- Benefits available as a result of its members’ military service,
- Civil rights and opportunities which maximize the independence of its members
The mission of the Keystone PVA is to improve the quality of life of paralyzed veterans by
- Encouraging and supporting spinal cord injury and disease research;
- Improving access to health care and other veterans’ benefits;
- Assisting in the expansion of opportunities in wheelchair sports and recreation; and
- Advocating for the rights of disabled people, including the reduction and elimination of barriers to accessibility and mobility.
A remarkable feature of Keystone PVA is that its members serve other members. The Board of Directors is completely made up of paralyzed veterans. They and other PVA members contact public officials to inform them of the needs of paralyzed vets. They visit other veterans in the VA medical centers and in other medical facilities to try to get them the best care available. They encourage their fellow vets to get active and involved in life activities that may not have been possible a generation ago. You can help them by volunteering your time! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Agnes Strang, by calling the Keystone PVA offices, 800-775-9323 or 412-781-2474. You can help with your financial support!
Keystone Paralyzed Veterans of America is a non-profit organization that relies completely on contributions made from the general public. If you are interested in donating, please contact the office at 412-781-2474 or 800-775-9323. You may also send a fax to 412-781-2659 or e-mail the office. Your donations are greatly appreciated by all members. Click here for more information. You can help by donating household goods!
Keystone Paralyzed Veterans of America has a partner, American Thrift Center, which will accept your slightly-used household goods. Your donations help fund Keystone PVA programs. Click here for more information.