(503) 362-7998

About OPVA

Mission Statement

Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America (OPVA), incorporated in 1976, is a chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. OPVA serves the needs of its Members – U.S. military veterans with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D) – and helps them enjoy the highest possible quality of life.OPVA, Members, Associate Members, Family Members, Volunteers, and allied organizations work to provide leadership and advocacy in

  •       Improving health care and SCI/D research and education
  •       Protecting veterans rights and benefits
  •       Improving awareness of disability rights
  •       Offering sports and health-promotion activities
  •       Increasing accessibility and removing architectural barriers in Oregon, Southwest Washington, and Idaho.

A 501(c)(3) charity, OPVA relies on grants and donations from members of the public.

OPVA History

The Paralyzed Veterans of America is a veterans’ service organization in the United States of America, founded in 1946. The organization holds 34 chapters and 69 National Service Offices in the United States and Puerto Rico. It is based in Washington D. C.

The Chapter of the State of Oregon was certified by PVA on July 19, 1976 however until November 5, 1976, the Department of Commerce Corporation Division certified the incorporation.

Officers, Board Members and Directors


Larry Gardner
Bill Gray
Vice President
Dennis Hooper
Carolyn Hamstreet Shores
Tom Hurt
Executive Director

National Director

Bill Gray

National Service Officer


Program Directors

Don Hedlind
Government Relations

Mike Rosenbalm
Peer Mentoring

MS Liaison

Sports Director


Steve Bersend
Bend District

Dennis Hooper
Southern Oregon

Don Wyatt
Idaho District



3700 Silverton Rd
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: (503) 362-7998
Email: oregonpva@oregonpva.org