The Paralyzed Veterans of America - (PVA) founded in 1946, as a congressionally chartered veterans service organization, developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction. Their mission: To be the leading advocate for 1. quality health care for our members, 2. Research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction, 3. Benefits available as a result of our members’ military service, and 3. Civil rights and opportunities which maximize the independence of our members.
The National MS Society - (NMSS) founded in 1946 supports MS research, services for people with MS, provides professional education programs, and furthers worldwide MS advocacy efforts. The Society's Professional Resource Center, houses the most comprehensive library of MS information in the world. Their goal is to partner with healthcare professionals to enhance quality of care and increase access to care for people with MS. Their mission: To end the devastating effects of MS.
The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers - (CMSC) founded in 1986 is a multi-disciplinary organization that provides an international network for all healthcare professionals, specializing in the care of people with Multiple Sclerosis. Their mission: To enhance collaboration of members for the improvement of care and the acquisition of knowledge, and to increase resources and to transmit information, for the benefit of those affected by multiple sclerosis.
The MSWorld (MS World) founded in 1996 is an organization managed by volunteers all diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. They provide online support and information to more than 70,000 people worldwide living with MS. Since 2001, they are the official chat and message board provider for the National MS Society, and they also sponsor a Veterans chat room.
The United Spinal Association – (USA) founded in 1946 by veterans with spinal cord injuries to encourage people with disabilities to lead full and productive lives. The members were active participants in drafting and the eventual promotion of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Their mission: Dedicated to enhancing the lives of all individuals with spinal cord injury or disease by ensuring quality health care, promoting research, advocating for civil rights and independence, educating the public about these issues, and enlisting its help to achieve these fundamental goals.
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation - (MSF) founded in 1986 is a service-based organization that strives to serve people with MS in a spirit of empathy, providing resources, and assistance to their families and providers. Their mission: To ensure the best quality of life for those coping with MS by providing comprehensive support and educational programs.