Membership Information

Membership is free and open to qualified individuals.  Paralyzed Veterans of America's President invites you to join our more than 17,000 members today and have your voice, energy and efforts assist others living with spinal cord injury and disease.

Who is Eligible to Join PVA?

Any individual who meets the following criteria is eligible to join Paralyzed Veterans of America:

  • A citizen of the United States or its territories
  • A veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces whose discharge was other than dishonorable
  • An individual who has suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of trauma or disease, which results in paralysis of more than one limb.* (Note: The injury or disease onset could have occurred after discharge/retirement from military service.)
  • If an applicant is applying with a spinal cord disease that applicant must display loss of bowel / bladder control.

* Some examples of diseases (with an impairment of the spinal cord with or without Neuro Deficit Residual):

The above list is not all-inclusive. Therefore, if your condition is not listed, or if you have any questions, contact our Membership Staff.

Christi Hillman
800-424-8200 Ext. 776
Fax 202-416-1250

Joining a PVA Chapter

How can you make a difference? By joining a Paralyzed Veterans of America chapter, you have the opportunity to have your voice, your energy and your efforts assist others. Upon joining you will begin to receive your chapter's monthly newsletter as well as notifications of upcoming events and meetings. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in many programs, including volunteering and sporting events.

Regardless of your state of residence, you may choose to join any of our 34 chapters. View a listing of all of the chapters. Membership at-large is available to individuals who qualify for life membership, but choose to apply through the National Office rather than through a PVA chapter.

Both memberships entitle you to an informative welcome package, free subscription to our monthly member magazine, Paraplegia News, and a host of other benefits.

If you do not meet the qualifications for Paralyzed Veterans of America membership, please note that many of our chapters offer associate and affiliate membership programs. These programs enable individuals with a deep interest in Paralyzed Veterans to contribute personally and/or monetarily. Contact the chapter closest to you.

Apply Now

If you meet the eligibility requirements to join PVA, please follow these steps:

  • Click here to access and complete the fillable form and then print.
  • Select your chapter and enter the name at the top of the application.
  • Mail the completed application to:

Paralyzed Veterans of America
Membership & Volunteer Program
801 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-3517 

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