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  • Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America (MPVA) is one of 34 member chapters of Washington, D.C.-based Paralyzed Veterans of America. A Congressionally chartered veterans service organization, MPVA has been assisting veterans with spinal cord injuries or diseases, including Multiple Sclerosis and ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease), in Michigan since 1961.

    MPVA programs include:

    • Veterans' Benefits
    • Wheelchair Sports and Recreation
    • Spinal Cord Injury Research
    • Equipment Donation
    • Advocacy to eliminate architectural barriers and protect civil rights for persons with disabilities
    • Referral Services for assistive devices, housing, employment and transportation
    • Literature on a variety of topics including self-care, independent living, and disability rights.
    • The Pump Guide: an online directory of gas stations throughout Michigan that will pump gas at the self-serve price for persons with disabilities.

    Sports and Recreation

    The objective of MPVA's Sports & Recreation program is to provide our members and all people with disabilities with a wide range of sports and recreation activities. PVA's sports and recreation program is the nation's largest sponsor of wheelchair sports and sponsors teams and competitions for every major wheelchair sport in the United States. In addition, PVA presents the nation's largest wheelchair sports event -- The National Veterans Wheelchair Games -- along with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Along with support from our national organization, MPVA sponsors several wheelchair sporting events, including the Ann Arbor VA wheelchair team, the Great Lakes Rugby Rage and the Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame induction ceremony. We also host several events throughout the year. Upcoming events include a Power Soccer exhibition, bass fishing tournament and adaptive hunting events. We also have a team going to the Michigan Wheelchair Games in May.