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  • The Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed an expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of members/veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.

    PVA uses that expertise to be an advocate for:

    • Quality health care for members
    • Research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction
    • Benefits available as a result of members' military service
    • Civil rights and opportunities which maximize the independence of members.


Sports and Recreation Program

Sports improves lives. Time and again we've seen that participating in a sport helps a person physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. For people with disabilities, sports have benefits during rehabilitation and throughout life. PVA's Sports and Recreation Program promotes a range of activities for our members and other people with disabilities, with special emphasis on activities that enhance lifetime health and fitness.

PVA is involved in direct or supporting sponsorships in National Sports and Recreation Events and Championships, including:
  • Basketball
  • Bass fishing
  • Quad rugby
  • Billiards
  • Trapshooting
National Veterans Wheelchair Games
PVA in conjunction, with the Department of Veterans Affairs co-sponsors the nation's largest annual wheelchair sports event--the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. The National Veterans Wheelchair Games brings together more than 500 novice and experienced athletes for a week of competition in 15 events, including sports such as:
  • Archery
  • Air guns
  • Basketball
  • Quad rugby
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track and field
  • Weightlifting
  • Softball
  • Powerchair Soccer
  • Table Tennis
  • Slalom
  • Handcycling
  • Bowling
  • Motor Ralley
All competitors must be veterans of the armed forces who use wheelchairs for athletic competition.

PVA National Bass Tour

PVA's second largest sports project is the PVA National Bass Tour. The Bass Tour consists of four tournaments that introduce anglers with disabilities to recreational fishing through a competitive forum.

PVA National Trapshoot Circuit

The PVA National Trapshoot Circuit is also one of our biggest projects. The Circuit consists of nine tournaments that introduce trapshooting as a recreational and competitive sport to both shooters with disabilities and ablebodied shooters.