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The members of NWPVA are the backbone of the organization. Their hard work and dedication to the chapter's new members, volunteering and sponsored activities is unequaled.



Thank you for your interest in membership with the Northwest Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America. There are no dues for membership and many benefits to becoming a member of NWPVA. Some of the benefits to membership include:

  • Subscription to Northwest Outpost, our bi-monthly newsletter
  • Subscription to PN/Paraplegia News, National PVA's monthly magazine
  • Opportunities to participate in NWPVA's sports and recreational activities, including our annual picnic and holiday party.
  • Help you receive all the benefits to which you are entitled.


TO JOIN NWPVA please download a copy of the membership application form by clicking Membership Application here, or on the button below. Print out the blank form, fill in the requested information and then mail it to the following address:

NWPVA Chapter Office
616 152nd Street, Suite B
Burien, WA 98166


The PVA Membership Application and the Certification of Membership Eligibility Form have now been merged into one document. The Membership/Certification Application form will officially go into effect June 15, 2016.

When submitting a membership application to the NWPVA Chapter Office copies of the following documents must now be submitted with the Membership/Certification Application:

  • Proof of U.S. or U.S. Territorial Citizenship (Birth Certificate, Passport, INS Form, or Voter’s Registration Form). **Original passport must be seen before being copied.
  • DD214 showing character of discharge. **No longer accepting VA Medical Services Card.
  • Medical Evidence of spinal cord injury or involvement (medical records or physician’s statement). **Medical evidence will be reviewed by Medical Services for determination of membership eligibility.

To request a copy of your DD214, visit the following website: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records. It should not take more than 10 days to receive it after you submit the required information.

Please note that you have the option to not be certified (check box on page 2), however, the required documents must still be submitted with your application.

Current members who joined using the old membership application and wish to be certified must complete the new Membership/Certification Application form and provide the required documents. Requests for certification only, can bypass the membership department and be emailed directly to Larry Dodson at: pva.larry@gmail.com.

Click the following button for a detailed description of the Medical Requirements for PVA Membership/Certification:

Medical Req

Click the following button for a copy of the 2 page Membership/Certification Application:

Member App

NWPVA holds its monthly Board of Directors / Membership meeting the third Wednesday of each month at 12:00 PM, with the exception of August. We highly recommend that members either attend the meetings in person or by teleconference to offer suggestions, air concerns, receive feedback, or just become more aware about what's going on in the chapter. All members have the right to be heard, and it's the duty of the officers to serve their fellow member to the greatest extent possible, according to the Northwest Paralyzed Veterans of America bylaws.


The members of NWPVA include veterans throughout the Northwest, including Alaska, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The Northwest Chapter was built on a foundation of a high level of support for its fellow veterans. The NWPVA Bylaws regarding membership are as follows:

ARTICLE Ill - MEMBERSHIP Section 1: Eligibility. Any American citizen who was regularly enlisted, inducted, or commissioned, and who was accepted for, or was on, active duty in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard of the United States, or its allies shall be eligible for membership in the Corporation.

Section 2: Class of Membership. There shall be the following forms of membership:

A. Voting Members: Any American citizen shall be eligible for membership in the Corporation who was regularly enlisted, inducted, or commissioned, and who was accepted for, or was on, active duty in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard of the United States or its allies. Service with the Armed Forces must have been terminated by discharge or separation from service under conditions other than dishonorable . Membership shall be limited to such persons as have suffered spinal cord injuries or diseases whether service connected or nonservice-connected in origin.

Persons otherwise eligible for membership who are on active duty or who must continue to serve after the cessation of hostilities are also eligible for membership.

B. Associate Member. Any individual may become an associate member with the consent of the Board.

Section 3: Qualifications for Membership. The members of the corporation shall be subject to such qualifications and shall be governed by such rules and regulations and shall have such rights and privileges as may be fixed and prescribed by Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Standing Rules of the Corporation.

Section 4: Admission of New Members. Voting membership shall be granted to veterans who otherwise meet the qualifications set forth in the Administrative Guide and upon submission of written application on a form supplied by the Corporation. All new members are subject to the approval by the Board.

Section 5: Suspension and/or Exclusion of Members. The Board of Directors shall, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote majority have the power to suspend or expel any member of the corporation for justifiable and proven reason.

Section 6: Dues.

A. Voting Members: There shall be no dues.

B. Associate Members: Annual membership dues and life membership dues shall be set by a resolution of the Board of Directors, duly approved by a majority vote of the members of the Corporation, such approval to be expressed at a meeting of the members of the Corporation.

Click the button below to read all 15 Articles of the NWPVA Bylaws:

NWPVA Bylaws


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