Welcome to Iowa PVA's Website

The Iowa Paralyzed Veterans of American (IPVA) is a non-profit organization and is one of 34 chapters which represents our national organization, Paralyzed Veterans of America. Our membership is free and consists of veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have suffered a spinal cord injury or received a diagnosis of disease affecting the spinal cord.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Paralyzed veterans of American, please accept our most sincere appreciation for your interest in our organization. It is our pleasure to share with you an overview of the organization and a few of the primary projects and programs we provide to assist our veteran members:

  • Providing a National Service Officer to assist veterans in the process of their claims through the Veterans Administration.
  • Sponsoring athletes who attend the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and other sporting or recreational events.
  • Providing funds for patient programs at both the Des Moines and Iowa City VAMCs, and at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.
  • Providing funds for medical personnel to attend special training seminars dealing with the care and treatment of spinal cord injuries/dysfunction.
  • Providing funds for foundations and corporations who promote finding a cure and/or improving the quality of life for those with catastrophic spinal cord injuries or diseases (these include both national and local research projects).
  • Providing education and advocacy to the community at large to improve the accessibility to the public and private institutions for all disabled individuals.
  • Sponsoring social activities for our members and their families.

Iowa PVA relies solely on private donations and receives no governmental funding. All contributions are tax deductible*, as we are a 501(c)(3) corporation. We are a veteran's service organization charted by Congress.

Notice Regarding Donations made directly to the Paralyzed Veterans of American - Iowa Chapter.

  • 88.1% of every donation made directly to the Paralyzed Veterans of America - Iowa Chapter goes directly to the eight designated programs supported by the Paralyzed Veterans of America - Iowa Chapter.
  • The Paralyzed Veterans of America - Iowa Chapter relies solely on donations and grants and receives no Governmental funding. Additionally, the Iowa Chapter does not utilize telemarketing or direct mail solicitation of donated funs.
  • All donations made directly to the Paralyzed Veterans of America - Iowa Chapter supports local Veterans and Iowa Chapter members.
  • Your donations support both service connected and non-service connected disable Veterans.

Please see the most recent full independent audit report and IRS form 990 under the Financials tab of this website. If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Gould, Executive Director at (515)277-4782 any time day or night.

On behalf of all of our members and associate members, thank you for your interest in our organization. Please visit our site frequently; we are always adding pictures, videos, and information about our non-profit organization.


In the spotlight!


We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Patsy Gerdom, wife of Donald Gerdom, the first Executive Director of Iowa Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Patsy died on Sunday, October 2nd. We do not have any details regarding her passing at this time; however, her funeral will be held on Friday, October 7th, at Grace United Methodist Church. located at 3700 Cottage Grove in Des Moines. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00, with funeral services following at 11:00. There are no burial services planned at this time.
Both Donald and Patsy were extremely significant as cornerstones in the establishment of our Chapter, and their memories will continue.
Thank you.





Recent News

10-26-16 VETERANS DAY CEREMONY AT THE IOWA CAPITOL GROUNDS All veterans and their families are invited to the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Memorial Grounds south of the Iowa State Capitol at 10 a.m. on November 11, 2016. The event is hosted by the Larry Nehring Detachment #103 of the Marine Corps League. A ceremonial firing will also be conducted at the Gold Star Memorial, 600 E. University, Des Moines (just west of Iowa Lutheran Hospital) at 9 a.m. on Veterans Day.

07-12-16 The May through June Newsletter has arrived. Download and read your copy here...

07-06-16 Got Game? We are having our annual Stars and Stripes Golf Outing on Saturday, August 6th, 2016. We would love for you to join. Read More...

03-31-16 Have you ever wanted to do something nice for a Veteran? How about nominate them for a free home? Click here to find out more details.

03-08-16 Over the weekend of April 29, the local 75 chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will be hosting the EAA B-17 bomber from Oshkosh WI at the Davenport Municipal Airport for its first stop on the 2016 national tour. On Thursday April 28 there will be a veterans-only invitation, which will feature a media flight along with free tours available to all veterans. Friday April 29 thru Sunday May 1 there will also be free tours for veterans, along with flights available to anyone who has paid. These dates consist of the actual tour event and are open to the public. More information can be found on flights etc. download the flier or by visiting www.b17.org. If you have questions about the event, feel free to contact John Riedel, EAA Chapter 75 B17 Tour Stop Chair, at (563) 209-6005 or at johnriedel57@gmail.com. Representatives from Jason's Box will also be on hand for the duration of the weekend's event.

03-08-16 The January - February 2016 newsletter has arrived. Please visit our newsletter page to download and read it.

02-29-16 Please join us for the Annual Wheel Chair Awareness Bowling event! It is taking place on Sunday, April 10, 2016. Please download the flyer here for more details.

02-10-16 Please mark your calendars and attend the Home Base Iowa Military Online Career Fair, for veterans, service members, and their spouses on March 9, 2016 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Central Standard Time (CST). Take a moment and visit the following link https://app.brazenconnect.com/events/direct-employers-13 to learn more and to register for the event. During this free event, you will have the opportunity to engage with recruiters from various Iowa employers looking to hire veterans, transitioning service members and their families in quick, text-based chat conversations - all from the comfort of your home, office, smartphone or tablet!

01-27-16 Today, PVA launched www.AirAccess30.org. The purpose of this website is to collect stories from PVA members and the disability community about their air travel experiences. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). As you know, PVA played a leading role in the passage of the ACAA. Now, we are working with the broader disability community to bring attention to the successes and failures in air travel for passengers with disabilities. The National Advocacy Program will be leading an initiative, in concert with our partners in the disability community, to reopen the ACAA and amend the law to improve the air travel experience for people with disabilities and to provide for recourse when our members and all people with disabilities have negative experiences in the course of that travel. We are calling on all PVA members to actively engage with us in this effort. Please share this website- www.AirAccess30.org -widely to ensure all PVA members are aware and encourage them to provide us with their stories. We will be using these stories to increase advocacy around the ACAA and improve air travel for all people with disabilities.

01-11-16 Adaptive Sports Iowa has dedicated a FULL day of snow skiing at 7 Oaks JUST for Veterans on Wednesday March 3rd. FREE. Equipment and ski pass provided. If you are interested, contact Joyce Ellens at (515) 699-5999 ext. 4939

01-07-16 The November - December 2015 newsletter has arrived. Please visit our newsletter page to download and read it.

01-06-16 Has there been a state emergency declared? If so and you need disaster relief funds, please fill out the "Disaster Relief Form" provided by Parealyzed Veterans of America!

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