New England Paralyzed Veterans of America (NEPVA) is a regional organization of spinal cord injured or diseased Veterans. However, we are concerned about all citizens' disabilities and welcome the involvement in our activities of anyone who is interested.
In 1946, the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) was formed by World War II spinal cord injured (SCI) Veterans and became a national organization through the unification of several independent organizations of paralyzed Veterans throughout the United States of America. In August 1971, PVA received its Congressional Charter as a National Veterans Organization.
In 1947, a small group of paralyzed Veterans living in the local area formed the New England Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America (NEPVA). NEPVA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization that represents the interests and concerns of paralyzed Veterans and other individuals with disabilities throughout the New England area. The organization currently has over 1,000 members and continues to grow.
The organization's primary focus is veterans' issues, notably quality healthcare for Veterans with spinal cord injuries and dysfunction (SCI/D) such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS). NEPVA is interested in all issues affecting the lives of persons with disabilities. NEPVA routinely works with other community civic groups and agencies and has always been a strong advocate for accessibility to all aspects of life that are available to the general population.