There have been changes made to the PVA Membership Application Since March 2013.
An individual is eligible for membership by meeting the following criteria: (1) is a citizen of the United States; (2) was regularly enlisted, inducted or commissioned for active duty service in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard of the United States, or our allies as evidenced by other-than-dishonorable character of service documented by a verifiable DD-214 or DD-215 (entry-level separation not acceptable); (3A) was separated from the service in the Armed Forces under conditions other than dishonorable; or (3B) is on active duty or must continue to serve after the cessation of hostilities; and (4) has suffered a spinal cord injury or disease (such as MS, ALS), whether or not service connected in origin.
VETERAN STATUS INFORMATION NEEDS TO BE SUBMITTED WITH THE APPLICATION
- Proof of U.S. or U.S. Territorial Citizenship (Birth Certificate, Passport, INS Form, or Voter’s Registration Form).
- DD214 showing character of discharge.
- Medical evidence of spinal cord injury or involvement (medical records or physician’s statement).
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.
800-424-8200 Ext. 776
Joining PVA California Chapter
When you join PVA California Chapter, you have the opportunity to have your voice, your energy and your efforts assist others. Upon joining you will begin to receive our bulletin 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. In addition, you will receive from National PVA 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 a PVACC membership, you can become an associate member. This will enable individuals with a deep interest in Paralyzed Veterans to contribute personally and/or monetarily.
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 California Chapter and enter the name at the top of the application.
- Mail/email/fax/bring in the completed application and proof of eligibility to our office: