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04-06-17 Paralyzed Veterans of America is holding their annual PVA Wheelchair Awareness bowling event. This is a free event, but donations are greatly appreciated. Read More...

03-17-17 Paralyzed Veterans of America Meets With President Trump, VA Secretary Shulkin and Fellow VSOs to Review Top Priorities for America’s Veterans. Read More...

03-09-17 Join us in watching The Iowa Wild take on the Milwaukee Admirals at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA on March 18th at 6PM. A ticket to this game includes the chance to see some great hockey as well as the opportunity to see a concert on the ice by the Celtic rock music group, Gaelic Storm after the game. Click here to get your FREE tickets.

02-06-17 You are cordially invited to attend the 2017 Local Veterans Creative Arts Show at VA Central Iowa on Wed. March 1, 2017 beginning at 6pm in the main lobby by the Canteen. Read more by clicking here...

01-18-17 Let's Go Bowling! February 4th, bring your family and friends to the local bowling event for a great time. If you are interested, check out our sports page for more details...click here...

01-11-17 The Senate is planning to pass a budget that will begin the process of repealing the ACA as soon as JANUARY 11. This is the first step in taking health care away before having a plan to replace it. Read More...

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.

07-06-16 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!

11-03-15 Sam's Club would like to say "Thank You!" to veterans by offering exclusive renewal and joining benefits for active and former members of the U.S. Military. View more details by clicking here.

10-30-15 - 2015 Veterans Day Events in Iowa Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director, Colonel Robert King (Ret), encourages Iowans across the state to honor their military service members, veterans, loved ones, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, by attending one of the many Veterans Day ceremonies and services taking place in Iowa. Many of those events are enumerated in a list attached to this email. The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct its annual Iowa Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony on November 11, 2015, at Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Van Meter. The ceremony will begin at 8:00 a.m. Guest speaker will be United States Congressman David Young. The Iowa Veterans Cemetery is located at the I-80 Van Meter exit (exit 113), just west of Des Moines. The annual Veterans Day Program in Des Moines will be held on November 11, 2015 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center/Veterans Memorial beginning at 11:00 a.m. The convention center is located at 833 5th Avenue, Des Moines. This event will include representatives from all Veterans Service Organizations. Presiding at the ceremony will be Robert King, Executive Director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs. The guest speaker is Terri Beer, Director, Regional Office, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Des Moines. For more information, contact Adam Flack, 515.564-8031 or by email at aflack@iowaeventscenter.com.

10-29-15 Home Plate Diner is offering free meals to veterans who have proof of service (Veteran Card, D214) on Veteran's Day. Both locations, 304 East 30th Street in Des Moines and 3900 NE 14th Stree in Des Moines, is offering this fantastic opportunity for a great meal. It is just one way Ryan Buman can offer his appreciation for veterans.

09-25-15 Rally Point Cedar Valley Veterans Announces Launch Offering Iowa's Only Homeless and Transitional Shelter for Active Service Members and Veterans. Read More.

09-23-15 Join us for the Operation Engage American event on November 10, 2015. Click here for more details.

09-10-15 The July - August 2015 Newsletter is now available. Click here to download.

09-10-15 Terry E. Brandstad has proclaimed September 18,2015 as POW/MIA Recognition Day in the state of Iowa in honor of all returned U.S. POW's and captured, missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War, Korean War, Cold War, and WWII, and ask all citizens of Iowa to observe this day with appropriate cereonies. See the entire proclomation here.

09-01-15 On July 25, 2015, the Cedar Rapids Eagle Riders held the All American Bash Motorcycle Ride and Fundraising Event. All proceeds from this event were directed to the Iowa Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. The event began with a ride which started at J&P Cycles in Anamosa. (J&P Cycles was also a significant sponsor of the event.) 70 motorcycles participated and made four stops before reaching the final destination at the beautifully renovated Veterans Memorial Building in Cedar Rapids, IA. Live music, food and silent auction was all provided at the Veterans Memorial Building. Several of the Iowa PVA Board of Directors and their wives were in attendance as well as National PVA Vice President Liaison Charles Brown (and Becky). The event was a huge success. On August 22, the Cedar Rapids Eagle Riders presented Iowa PVA with a check for $7500.00 raised at this event. This was the biggest one day fundraising event ever held by an Eagle Riders club. This is a fabulous group. Special thanks goes out to Mike Smith, Dale DeRues and Jim Delaney.

08-15-15 VAratings.com provides a free ratings/review system with a directory of all VA Hospitals, Outpatient Clinics, Veteran Centers, National Cemeteries and Intake Centers. The rating system consists of a 5 star rating process with questions about a veteran’s visit that deal with Department, Ease of scheduling, Wait times, Treatment quality, Staff’s quality of care and more. A comment section is also available where veterans can add more information and others visitors can respond directly to posts. Here's an article to read about it: http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/New-Website-Allows-Veterans-to-Review-VA-Facilities--321560631.html Please take a moment to register and rate your facility. While rating,include your comments about the importance of maintaining fully resourced specialized SCI/D services, access to customized prosthetics, and the need for SCI/D nurse staffing to allow for more operating beds for annual exams and acute care

07-29-15 Do you have a spinal cord injury, disease, or disorder? If so, you have been cordially invited to attend the 11th Annual Adaptive Sports & Recreation Expo. This will be held on Saturday August 15, 2015. For more information, please visit our sports sections by clicking here.

07-09-15 The May and June Newsletter is now available for download. You can find it here.

07-01-15 iGive.com July $1,000 Contest and $5 New Member Bonuses Mean Bigger Donations for Paralyzed Veterans of America - Iowa Chapter.

06-30-15 The Iowa Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America mobile app. is now available for download at the Apple App Store or Google Play. Downloading this app. to your mobile device provides an instant $1 donation to Iowa PVA, provides event information, provides information about our organization and enables you to donate simply and directly to Iowa PVA.

06-24-15 There will be a motorcycle ride, food/beverage and live music fundraising event held on July 25 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The event is being presented by the Cedar Rapids Eagle Riders and all proceeds will benefit the Iowa Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. Please come out and support our veteran heroes!

05-12-15 "May $5 New Member Promotion" Free Donations for Paralyzed Veterans of America - Iowa Chapter! Spring is finally here. To celebrate, I-Give will donate $5 per new member supporting Paralyzed Veterans of America - Iowa Chapter through May 31. Click this link and share with your friends. http://www.iGive.com/welcome/warmwelcome.cfm?c=67489&m=954776

03-16-15 "Your Future Awaits" scholarship program is taking place again this year. Applications will be accepted through June 17, 2015. Click here to learn more.

03-04-15 The 2015 Annual Trapshoot and Pistol Shoot have been scheduled. For more information and registration sheets, please view our sports page by clicking here.

02-23-15 Military members have a story to tell and the WRITING MY WAY BACK HOME weekend workshop will help them gain the tools and confidence to tell it well. By using reading and writing exercises to explore deployment and wartime experiences—the fear, boredom, anxieties, thrills, brutality, tears and beauty—attendees learn how to write a story and make it compelling. WRITING MY WAY BACK HOME participants will explore the many approaches possible to write about the self to produce personal stories, poetry, fiction, and song lyrics by the end of the weekend. To view more details, click here...

02-18-15

Help us raise $500 for the Iowa Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America

The Cedar Rapids, Iowa Eagle Riders are holding a fund raiser for the Iowa Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. 100 percent of the funds raised through this booster will be donated to the Iowa Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. All money donated to the Iowa PVA STAYS in Iowa to support our Vets. Click here to learn more.

01-27-15 On February 27, 2015 check out the "Writing My Way Back Home - Free Midwest Veterans Writing Workshop" on Eventbrite! Click here for more details.

01-15-15 The November and December 2014 newsletter has arrived. Download your copy here.

11-14-14 New Update for VACAA - Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act - Download it here.

11-05-14 This morning the VA is announcing the initial role out of the choice program, a provision of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act (VACAA). Below is an Open Letter to Veterans from VA Secretary, Robert McDonald earlier. Here is the fact sheet for the Choice Program. You can read the fact sheet for the VACAA here.

11-05-14 Please click here read the open letter from Secretary McDonald explaining the Choice Program.

10-31-14 On Wednesday afternoon, February 25, St. Ambrose University will host the Eastern Iowa / Western Illinois Veterans Conference, which is a collaborative event between SAU, Black Hawk College, Eastern Iowa Community College District, and Western Illinois University Quad Cities. The theme for this year's conference is "Seek the Middle Ground: Bridging the Divide from Military to Civilian" which will look at ways for civilians and military to commonly address issues that divide them. For more information, or to register to attend for FREE, visit www.sau.edu/VeteranServices.

10-29-14 Coming Spring 2015: Veterans Recreation and Education Camp for Individuals with SCI/D. This event is hosted by the University of Arizona. Want to learn more? Click Here for the brochure. Want to apply? Click here for the application.

10-28-14 The September and October 2014 newsletter has arrived. Download your copy here.

p>09-17-14 A new map and flyer have been provided for the Honor flight. If you downloaded the previous version, please download the updated one here.

09-15-14 On September 30 nearly 400 Central Iowa Veterans will board an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. where they will have the opportunity to visit the World War II and Korean War memorials. The Polk County Board of Supervisors have supported this event and our office has been asked to help gather community support to send the Veterans off on their flight. If you would like to be part of this special day, download the information pamphlet here.

09-09-14 The 2014 Norther Lights CFC (Central Iowa) Campaigns have begun. Please visit www.northernlightscfc.org to donate. Our campaign number is 32567.

09-08-14 The 2014-2015 Sports and Recreation schedule has been released. Please visit the sports section for upcoming events or click here to be directed directly to the page.

08-06-14 The July and August 2014 newsletter has arrived. Download your copy here.

07-12-14 The 2014 Red, White, and Blue Golf Outing is August 2nd 2014. Please go the golf portion of the web page here, to download your registration form.

06-17-14 100% Disabled Service-Connected/Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Property Tax Exemption Forms Available. Read the entire press release here.

05-29-14 May - June's Newsletter just arrived. See it here.

05-27-14 We have PVA's response letter to Sherman Gillum for download here (in .PDF format).

05-27-14 We have Sherman Gillums open letter to veterans for download here (in .PDF format).

05-26-14 PVA Associate Executive Director for Veterans Benefits Sherman Gillums was on CBS This Morning to discuss the story this past weekend regarding the Senate VA Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) and his open letter to all veterans and the response of veterans service organizations, including Paralyzed Veterans of America. Check it out here.

Update to Sherman Gillums story - Please tune in to watch AED of Veterans Benefits, Sherman Gillums, being interviewed tomorrow 5/27 on CBS This Morning, during the 7 am hour (EST). He will be responding to Sen. Burr's open letter to veterans that was put out on Friday. See his written response here.

05-05-14 Thirty elderly or disabled homeowners in the greater Des Moines area are getting major home renovations thanks to hundreds of volunteers. Click here to see the news feed from KCCI.

04-08-14 The 2014 Hoopin' At The Dome, 3 on 3 basketball tournament to be held in the shadows of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines is only ONE month away. This fast paced outdoor tournament showcases teams from all over the state. Click here for more details.

03-31-14 Come join us for the Iowa 2014 Motorcycle Safety Forum. This rider-focused event is facilitated by Iowa’s motorcycle safety team, a diverse partnership of motorcycle safety advocates, the Iowa Department of Transportation, motorcycle coaches, dealers and riders. Download Flyer

03-26-14 The 2014 Iowa PVA Golf Event is scheduled for Saturday, August 2 at River Valley Golf Course in lovely Adel, IA. All proceeds will benefit the Iowa PVA sports program. If you are unable to play with us, please consider sponsoring a hole or supporting our event in any way possible. I have attached the registration flyer and sponsorship information. Download Flyer

03-12-14 Come join us for our Annual Bowl-A-Thon which supports wheelchair awareness. Download the attached sign-up sheet and mail it in. Download Now...

03-11-14 Are you a Veteran seeking a rewarding career with an organization devoted to serving our Veterans? Come to our Veterans Hiring Fair on March 14, 2014, from 1 pm to 4 pm at Camp Dodge, Gold Star Museum, 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston, Iowa. Download Flyer.

02-29-14 Interested in a 5k Run-Walk-Wheel event? The University of Iowa Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences Student Organization is hosting this event on Sunday April 13th, 2014. Want more info, Download the flier here... Want to sign up, click on this link here...

02-28-14 Easter Seals, in partnership with Des Moines University, is hosting our 6th Annual Health and Wellness Fair. It’s open to the entire public with a focus on bringing vendors who specialize in the unique needs of children and adults with disabilities or special needs. Click here to view attached flier for more details...

02-25-14 New ID Cards for Vets Enrolled in VA Health Care - Click here for more details. All Veterans who are enrolled and have the old card should have their new replacement card by July.

02-16-14 The 2014 Adaptive Cycling Clinic is coming soon! Please click here to check out the nearest location and time.

02-10-14 The 2014 PVA National Trapshoot Circuit will be held at Otter Creek Sportsman Club in Cedar Rapids, Iowa June 27, 2014 through June 29, 2014. Click here to see the flyer!

01-31-14 Prosthetics Delay Report Form is now available, click Veterans Benefits for more details.

01-20-14 Iowa Female Military Veterans interested in Farm Careers are invited to participate in on-farm mentorships; Application Deadline is February 15, 2014. Download Application

10-18-13 Come join us on November 9, 10, & 11 2013 between 10am and 5pm at Sam's Club on 73rd St in Windsor Heights. All can shop with our without a membership. Deals on memberships will be available during that time. See the flyer...

09-16-13 The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization's Transportation Advisory Group is conducting a transportation study in Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Polk, Story and Warren County to discover gaps and limitations in the current transportation system. Our ultimate goal is to provide services to "Anyone, Anywhere, Any Time on Any Service." If you would like to participate in this survey, please click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DXQJG6P

09-06-13 "I Want a Job - How Do I Get One?" series is being presented the great people at Easter Seals. Limited space and availability so you better sign up now. Click Here!

08-15-13 2013 Smoke Detector Project: Are your current smoke detectors out dated? Do you want to feel safe? If so, please read this note from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Click here...

08-13-13 Attend the 9th Annual Adaptive Sports Clinic on Saturday August 17, 2013. Read More...

07-31-13 Attend the video seminar of "Understanding Pain Management for Caregivers. This seminar takes place on August 6, 2013 at 12 noon. See flyer here.

06-19-13 The Annual Golf Outing is quickly approaching. Please join us for a fantastic time while supporting and excellent cause. Read and sing up here...

06-19-13 We have posted a new resource on our "Resources" page in reference to PTSD. Check it out here...

05-31-13 The van contest results are in. Unfortunately, our pick of Angie Plager did not win. Check out her letter in response to your overwhelming support here...

05-31-13 New Employement opportunity at Farmland Foods in Carroll Iowa. Check it out here...

04-05-13 New Employement opportunity at Farmland Foods in Carroll Iowa. Check it out here...

04-01-13 Are you a full time student? How about a part time student? Are you a member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America? If this is you, check out our resources page for information on the 2013 scholarship funds. Check it out here...

03-15-13 As of March 15, 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (VA NWIHCS) has temporarily moved all surgical procedures to non-VA community medical facilities while immediate repairs are made on the surgical suites at the Omaha VA Medical Center. Read More...

03-09-13 At the Advocacy and Legislation Seminar this week, a number of questions arose concerning employment and veterans with disabilities and what legal protections exist for them. A little over a year ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued two publications on the employment rights of veterans as people with disabilities and a guide for employers on USERRA and the ADA as they apply to veterans with disabilities. Read More...

03-09-13 New Article posted by Sherman Gillums Jr., Associate Executive Director of Veterans Benefits. This article relates to a Veteran's issue on prosthetics. Click here to read the article.

02-25-13 Walmart recently stated their commitment to hiring any honorably discharged returning veteran who applies for a job in the Walmart Corporation. Read the full story here...

02-22-13 New Employement opportunity at Farmland Foods in Carroll Iowa. Check it out here...

02-21-13 New Games Released To Benefit Iowa Veterans’ Causes, More Than $12 Million Raised So Far. Read more...

01-28-13 Washington — Paralyzed Veterans of America is congratulating Walmart on its recent pledge to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years. Read More...

01-28-13 SportAbility of Iowa made a New Year's Resolution: to find out what sports and recreation activities their participants want and do their best to offer them where and when they want them. To do this, they've created a brief survey (it should only take a few minutes of your time to complete). Will you please take a few moments to help them help you discover your abilities and achieve independence by offering the programming you want? Click here for the survey!

01-25-13 Catch the upcoming performance of Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues at Stephens Auditorium on Feb. 15 at 7:30 pm. The Montana Repertory Theatre will perform the play which is about young men going off to war. These men are universal soldiers facing the same fears, anxieties, and loneliness that grip all young recruits about to encounter the ultimate test of combat. Mr. Simon brings his great sense of humor and humanity to every word of this magnificent play. Check the flyer out by clicking here and order your tickets by downloading the order form from here.

01-17-13 Spinal Cord Injury Association of Iowa is holding a bowling event on February 2, 2013. If interested, please click here for details on time, location, and how to RSVP.

01-15-13 The "Mission Redefined" campaign, a joint effort by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Paralympics, released a 30-second public service video today. Check it out here and share to help us spread the word! http://bit.ly/WA2DD7

01-03-13 Adaptive Sports of Iowa is looking for Veterans for their program. Click here for more details.

12-25-12 New Employement opportunity at Farmland Foods in Carroll Iowa. Check it out here...

12-20-12 WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today it is cutting red tape for Veterans by eliminating the need for them to complete an annual Eligibility Verification Report (EVR). VA will implement a new process for confirming eligibility for benefits, and staff that had been responsible for processing the old form will instead focus on eliminating the compensation claims backlog. Read More...

12-10-12 Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is featured in the Forbes 2012 100 Largest U.S. Charities List—the only veterans service organization to make the prestigious annual run-down. Read More...

12-1-12: Check out our new website. We have taken an important step in publicizing and promoting our chapter. We hope to spread the word quickly. Let us know what you think by e-mailing our webmaster at info@iowapva.org

11-15-12: Iowa PVA is in the process of changing to a new unified logo. At the top of the screen and to the right of the screen you will find this new unified logo. We hope this new logo has a refreshing and inviting look. Do you have thoughts on this new logo? E-mail us at info@iowapva.org and let us know.