About Vaughan PVA
Vaughan Chapter PVA was formed in 1946 and is a member chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). The PVA was chartered by Congress and relies solely on donations made by citizens and businesses. As a 501 (c ) ( 3 ) not for profit veterans service organization (VSO), Vaughan Chapter PVA is required to operate several mandated programs to benefit its members – veterans of the armed forces who have sustained spinal cord dysfunction.
Vaughan Chapter, PVA Leadership left to right; Arthur Wolf–Board of Director, Anthony Powell–Vice President, (standing) Dennis Scanlon, Secretary (middle chair) Josue Cordova–President, Gerald Brown– Treasurer, Robert Arcola–Board of Director
The Key Objective of the Vaughan Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America is to take those actions necessary to restore spinal cord injured or diseased veterans’ bodies and life potentials as closely as is humanly possible to those Americans not suffering spinal cord dysfunction. This will be accomplished by the coordinated efforts of the PVA organization through programs.
To advocate for and monitor the delivery of high quality and appropriate health care benefits and services. To assist in identifying and securing veterans’ benefits and other benefits for spinal cord injured and diseased veterans and others as appropriate. To promote medical research to cure spinal cord dysfunction and other related problems. To educate society on the attitudinal, physical and legal barriers which confront persons with disabilities and to influence the removal of those barriers.
To provide information to and opportunities for health promotion, recreation, employment, sports, services and camaraderie for spinal cord injured and diseased veterans and others as appropriate. To provide for cooperation with and seek the support of other groups and individuals who share PVA’s objectives. To acquaint the public with the current and ongoing needs and current and past contributions of America’s veterans. To acquaint the public with simple and effective means for reducing the risk of or preventing spinal cord injury and to promote involvement of the public in national and local activities that support PVA’s mission.
Local presence under which each member is eligible for participation is as follows:
Illinois State Fair, Rend Lake & Aurora Trapshoot Classic, Hunting, VPVA Land of Lincoln B.A.S.S. Tournament, Hines V.A. Wheelchair Games, Annual Chapter Picnic, National Veteran Wheelchair Games, Trip to Brookfield Zoo, Rend Lake Shooting Classic for Persons with Disabilities, Indoor Air Rifle Disabled Shooting competition, Abilities Expo, Memorial Day Parade, Advocacy/Legislation Seminar, Busse Woods one day fishing derby, PVA Awareness Week, Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner, ADA Symposium, Access Chicago, ADA Celebration, Disability Pride Parade, National Veteran Golden Age Games, Billiard 8th Ball Tournament, National Veterans TEE Tournament, Veterans Day, Sweetheart Dance/Concert in February, Poker Tournament and Christmas Luncheon at Hines VA Hospital.