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Paralyzed Veterans of America Spinal Cord Injury Education and Training Foundation (ETF)


We are dedicated to helping Veterans with spinal cord injuries/dysfunction and disorders (SCI/D), and diseases like MS and ALS. We fund medical research, clinical studies, education, disability rights, sports programs; we advocate for disability rights.

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Success Story

Kaney O'Neill was paralyzed during a hurricane while serving in the U.S. Navy. She was only 21 years old. She was first introduced to Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) during her rehabilitation at a VA Spinal Cord Injury Center, and the work of our Education Foundation (ETF) gave her reason for hope.

Kaney loves children and wants to be a teacher. "During one of my talks to a group of kids, one child asked me what I wanted to be. I said 'a teacher.' And he said, 'You can't be a teacher--you're in a wheelchair.'" So she wrote a children's book. "It's about reaching for the stars."

Our donors, PVA, and our Education Foundation will be there for Kaney as she reaches for those stars! We were there to help her when she was injured, during her rehabilitation, and during her efforts to determine her VA benefits. ETF will be there when she takes her first step leaving her wheelchair for good.

PVA is so committed to research that we absorb all costs of operating ETF allowing 100 percent of YOUR contribution to go straight to help us reach for those stars.