Membership in the Paralyzed Veterans of America is available to individuals who: suffer a spinal cord injury as a result of trauma or disease; who served in the Armed Forces and whose separation from such service was under other than dishonorable conditions; and who are citizens of the United States of America.

The list that follows is illustrative of injury and diseases of the spinal cord and cauda equine but is not all-inclusive. In the event an individual applies for membership with a diagnosis not specifically included on the list, the information in question will be referred to PVA’s Chief Medical Director.

Organic Spinal Cord and Cauda Equine Lesions Through:

  1. Injury - trauma with or without neuro deficit residual
  2. Diseases with or without neuro deficit residual:
  • Infection - viral, bacterial, or parasitic
  • Inflammation (e.g., myelitis)
  • Degenerative (e.g., MS or ALS)
  • Tumors - benign or malignant
  • Cysts (e.g., syrinx)
  • Vascular - arteriosclerosis, Inflammatory or congenital 
  • Autoimmune (e.g., lupus)
  • Congenital (e.g., spina bifida)
  • Constrictive (e.g., spinal stenosis)

A veteran with any of the following pathological entities  without involvement of the spinal cord or cauda equine is not eligible for  membership:

  • CVA (stroke)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Toxic neuropathy (neuritis)
  • Amputation

If you qualify for membership, then download the membership application in our "forms" section of this website and fill out completely and mail to Lone Star PVA.

If you do not qualify for membership, perhaps you would like to become an associate member. You may become an associate free of charge, but we have a subscription fee for our monthly newsletter. The yearly subscription fee for the Outreach newsletter is $15.00. If you would like to become an associate member, then download the associate application in our "forms" section fill out and mail to LSPVA. Enclose the fee if you want to receive our monthly newsletter.