More than 750,000 people in the United States, including Veterans, live with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D). Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) supports research, educational programs, and other initiatives that unite people and activities toward a single mission: improved quality of life for everyone with SCI/D.

Advancing Research Into Treatments and Cures

Our founders were pioneers in promoting research into treatments and cures for SCI/D. They recognized that paralysis does not only affect Veterans, but can happen to anyone at any stage of their lives. Until recently, most scientists believed that paralysis due to spinal cord injury was impossible to reverse. However, ongoing research investments from PVA and others have produced promising results.

Our work focuses on exploring treatments and finding a cure for SCI/D through the PVA Education Foundation, the PVA Research Foundation, multiple partnerships, and the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine.


Research and Education Resources


From clinical practice guidelines for healthcare specialists to self-help guides for patients and caregivers, Paralyzed Veterans offers a wide range of resources.

FREE access to interactive eBook versions of the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine’s Clinical Practice Guidelines and other publications. Available from the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.