Welcome to the Gateway Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of America is a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946. We have developed unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members--honorably discharged veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.
Gateway is one of 34 Chapters of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). Our local Chapter was chartered in the State of Missouri in October 1976. We are an A+ member of the Better Business Bureau, meeting all 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability, and have received their designation as an Honor Roll Charity. Out of the 34 Chapters of PVA, we have been awarded the “Most Outstanding Chapter” for 2015 and for 2016. Our 2015 fiscal year audit shows that out of every dollar we spent, $.90 went to programs for members. A program expense ratio of at least 65% is required for BBB approval. We are governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of twelve (12) veteran members of our organization. We pride ourselves on being responsible stewards of the funds we receive, and appreciate your interest in our organization.
Click on the programs tab of this website to see the many programs and services that we offer to Gateway members. The last few years we have begun offering $10,000 home accessibility grants to members to make accessibility renovations for their homes. In 2015 we started providing $5,500 grants to members who need assistance in purchasing a portable generator or full service home generator. In 2014 we began and continue today, purchasing used accessible vehicles for members, providing $10,000 grants to assist in upgrading or repairing member owned vehicles, and providing $35,000 grants to assist in purchasing an accessible vehicle. We have also continued providing monthly catered luncheons and funding members to attend events like the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and the Winter Sports Clinic in Colorado.
A financial snapshot of the Gateway Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America is available by becoming a member of Guidestar at the Guidestar link shown below. View our Annual Report by clicking on the following link (GPVA FY15 Annual Report), or find out more information about us by clicking on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) icon below. Another good source of information about our Chapter is our newsletters; back issues (from 2006 and forward) can be found on our website. Please contact us with any questions about our programs and services, or to learn about volunteer opportunities to help us continue providing the service and assistance our members have earned.