The mission of the Paralyzed Veterans of America—Keystone Chapter 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.
FIVE FACTS you need to know about Paralyzed Veterans
- Paralyzed Veterans of America is a partner with three other organizations (the DAV, VFW and AMVETS) and is the primary author of The Independent Budget, which is the annual guide for writing the Department of Veterans Affairs $68 billion healthcare budget. Chapters like Keystone are the “ground floor” at which data on care of veterans is collected and fed into the writing of the IB.
- Paralyzed Veterans of America is one of only 38 veterans’ service organizations that have power of attorney to legally represent veterans to the VA.
- The work of collecting health care information at the Keystone Chapter, governing the chapter Board of Directors, and organizing recreational opportunities and other services is largely performed by the paralyzed veterans themselves, supported only by a small professional staff.
- Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Keystone Chapter are NOT parts of the VA, though we work with and monitor the VA to encourage the best health care for all veterans and the best use of the public’s tax money.
- Because the Keystone Chapter does not receive any funding from the government, programs for our paralyzed vets are supported exclusively by businesses, foundations, and individuals. Our programs try to fill the gaps that VA care does not provide.