Paralyzed Veterans of America
11620 Busy Street
North Chesterfield VA 23236
Mission Statement "A supportive community for capable heroes."
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Robert Satterwhite
Board Chair Mr. Robert Satterwhite
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Contact Information
Address 11620 Busy Street
North Chesterfield, VA 23236
Telephone 804 378-0017
Fax 804 378-0026
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1955
Former Names
Paralyzed Veterans of America. Virginia Mid-Atlantic Chapter2011
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $310,000.00
Projected Expenses $310,000.00
Mission "A supportive community for capable heroes."
Impact The Paralyzed Veterans of America, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, is based on creating a positive and healthy transition for all newly injured Veterans with spinal cord injuries and disease, and supporting existing members live productive lives. Our approach, involves peer counseling for both the member and their families, financial support for any monetary issues they may face, adaptive/structural equipment support for more independence and participation in our sports and recreation programs to build confidence, passion for life and camaraderie.
Our accomplishments:
Supporting our members in their transition back to life both physically and mentally.Building strong programs to create sustainable relationships with  both our members and the community.Supporting education and advocacy of our disabled veteran community.
Currently we have had several accomplishments to add to our growth.
We are supporting 51 athletes for the 33rd National Annual Veterans Wheelchair Games in July 2013. Of those 51, 10 are novices that we have helped support over the last year to be more involved in our sports and recreation program.We have received the Better Business Bureau's Charity Seal for the past two years. The acknowledgement of the Charity Seal shows our dedication to properly handling our program funds and administrative costs. We pride ourselves on our well trained financial management team and dedicated office staff.We have continued to build strong community partner relationships. We are involved and have been involved in many great events including the Amelia Veterans Cemetery Memorial Day event, a project with Pocahontas  State Park and various other events both in and outside of our community. These events and programs help to solidify our place as a well respected Veteran's Organization.We continue to grow our membership base to ensure our disabled Veteran's community and their families are receiving the support they need as they transition back into everyday life. We have built a strong advocacy and legislative program which has gained support from many of our county, state and federal leaders.
Needs We are always in need of support from our community. It costs at least $1,000 a year per member just in our Sports and Recreation program.  Each member participates in two sports programs a year. We encourage one of them to be the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. The second program is an event or program of their choice. This program cost often goes above $1,000 because we also support the necessary funding for medical staff from any of our Veterans Hospitals in our Mid-Atlantic Chapter's dedicated area.
We have currently started an Advisory Board. This board is in need of members who have the knowledge and willingness to help support the Mid-Atlantic Chapter in its growth. Their primary mission is to help educate the community about who we are and what we do, but  they will also help guide the Chapter to continue to gain momentum in its growth within the community.The Mid-Atlantic Chapter would like to have monetary support for the development and sustainability of its website. We have had to update the website in order to reflect our current growth.We are in need of support with our rebranding efforts and marketing for traveling events and programs.We would also like to have more marketing support for all of the teams we fund monetarily. These teams include adaptive basketball, softball, rugby, bowling and many more.We are always in need of volunteers for all events, programs and administrative support. The volunteers would be working closely with members, staff and venues. Many of these programs include recreation programs like gatherings and outings, sporting events and larger scale events that may include local businesses or government officials.
Background Paralyzed Veterans of America is a grassroots organization that was developed by 6 World War II Veterans. These Veterans returned from war with a spinal cord injury. They soon realized they were at a disadvantage with their disabilities and were not thought to have a long life span. They decided to create the Paralyzed Veterans of America so they could change the way the world related, viewed and made policies surrounding those with disabilities.
The PVA, Mid-Atlantic Chapter was officially formed on February 9, 1947 and is one of the six original co-founding Chapters of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. We currently have over 920 members spanning from Maryland to North Carolina. We help serve and support 5 VA Hospitals including McGuire Hunter Holmes here in Richmond, Virginia. We are the only organization that is chartered by congress to have an office in all VA hospitals that have a Spinal Cord Unit.
CEO Statement More than 750,000 people in the United States, including Veterans, live with spinal cord injury or a spinal cord disease(SCI/D). Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) responds to their needs by supporting research, educational programs and sports and recreation programs that create camaraderie. The ultimate mission is improved quality of life.

Until a few decades ago, most scientists believed that paralysis due to spinal cord injury was impossible to reverse. Steady research investment from PVA and others committed to finding a way to reverse paralysis has produced promising laboratory results and demonstrated that, given the right parameters, it is possible to reverse nerve damage, rewire severed nerves and restore lost neurological function.  Paralysis is not exclusive to Veterans of military service, it can happen to anyone at any stage of their lives. However, in a recent research study based out of the University of Maryland and Wayne State University,  found that 25% of the new injuries returning from war are spinal cord injuries.

When paralyzed Veterans came back from World War II, they began playing wheel chair basketball. The VA soon realized that sports is a great recreational tool. As the Chapters started to develop, they began organizing sports programs within their communities. Since then the Paralyzed Veterans of America have been recognized as the pioneer of adaptive sports and helping many other organizations and nonprofits see the value in adaptive sports as it correlates to rehabilitation. The PVA, Mid-Atlantic,  supports members not just in the sports arena but also in connecting them with the right resources to support health and benefit issues. We have many different layers we function under to ensure our disable Veteran community and the disabled community in general are not underserved.
Board Chair Statement As, the current President of the Paralyzed veterans of America, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, I am a proud supporter of all veterans and their families. I believe in organizations like ours, who help all those, with disabilities, in their time of need but also in helping them live their lives. We are a sustained organization, who has spent many years building our partnerships, volunteers and reputation in our community. Our biggest challenges are, continuing to fighting for benefits for our veterans and their families, supporting the Veteran's Hospitals as they change their efforts to better medical care and supporting both service connected and non service connected veterans with their daily struggles. We also need to continue to build our community outreach so that we can bring more awareness the PVA, Mid-Atlantic and our fight to support veterans. It is also our goal to continue to sustain ourselves financially by building those partnerships that meet our mission and being fiscally responsible to our members and our community. Finally and most important, is our everyday goal of building strong programs that allow our memebrs to be productive members of the community and help keep them healthy and strong all while building support systems. I am proud to be president of this chapter. It has a great history and it is built on strong principles. We hope we continue to spread that message through our actions and our mission.

Robert Satterwhite-President
Paralyzed Veterans of America, Mid-Atlantic 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Our membership spans from Maryland to North Carolina. We have over 950 members divided within these areas. We serve all counties here in Virginia since our members are located through out the state. We also serve all counties in North Carolina in which we have a separate support team. This is to ensure that funds are used for the organization as a whole or if designated for that particular state, county, or city, we are able to successfully process the funding as it was intended, for that community.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Robert Satterwhite
Company Affiliation President
Term Sept 2016 to Oct 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Arnold Beard Director
Mr. Tai Cleveland Ad Hoc
Mr. Ace Cruz Treasurer
Mr. Preston Curry Director
Mr. Charlie Hayden DirectorDirector
Mr. Raymond Kenney Vice President
Mr. Jimmy May Director
Mr. Robert Satterwhite President
Mr. Terence Smith Secretary
Ms. Kathy Tilbury Director
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
Life Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Our challenges have been related to better branding and marketing ourselves. In the past, we had longevity on our Board of Directors and many were well known in the community. Unfortunately, many of them have retired or no longer able to support the chapter for various reasons.  For that reason, we have spent the last 2 years restructuring and evaluating who we are as a Veterans Service Organization. Unlike many veterans service organizations, we serve paralyzed Veterans of all wars and conflicts.

We had an opportunity to change our marketing, update our website, get more involved with social media and improve our event marketing. It has proven to be a successful change for us. We are still faced with continuing to get our mission out into the community and really educating people on who we are and what we do.  We identified our challenges with marketing early on and identified that we needed more programs and events to gain the interest of members of all ages.

We challenged our financial team to work hard in creating strong fiscal policies and operational procedures to ensure we could maintain the Better Business Bureau's Charity Seal. With so many new injuries coming home from wars and conflicts, it is a challenge to encourage them to become members. Often times newer injuries feel they can handle their transition on their own. Ultimately, they do find a Veterans Service Organization to join. With the growth of membership, we must ensure we have the funding to support the increase in members and their needs as they arise. We decided from these challenges we face, there was a need for an Advisory Board to help us continue our growth in the community. We know this board will help us to reach more communities, businesses and organizations to help support our mission.  We have been lucky to have support from the following groups:

The Home Depot Richmond
The Home Depot Foundation
Pepsi Co
Bon Secours
Sheltering Arms
Dominion Foundation
Franklin Federal
Mobility Super Center
Ride A Way
NASCAR Foundation

As far as partnerships, we work closely with McGuire Hunter Holmes VA Hospital, American Legion Post #87, The H.O.M.E.D Project, Pocahontas State Park, many adaptive sports groups including Sportable and Bridge II Sports and many more.

We do not receive any federal funding and rely solely on foundations and private funding.

Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Robert Satterwhite
Experience Robert G. Satterwhite was born in Oxford, North Carolina on 4 December 1956. He graduated from J. F. Webb High School in 1975.
Robert joined the Paralyzed Veterans of America in April 2007. He serves as the President of Paralyzed Veterans of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter.
Robert retired from the Army after 21 years of service. He is a T2 paraplegic as a result of an abdominal aneurysm.
Robert entered the Army July 1975 and completed basic training at Fort Jackson, SC. His tours include Fort Hood, TX (3 tours), Korea, Fort Jackson, SC (Drill Sergeant), Fort Stewart, Ga, Germany, Operation Desert Storm, and Fort Knox, Ky.
His assignments consist of 13B Field Artillery Cannon Crewman, Section Chief, Drill Sergeant, PLDC Instructor, Gunnery Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Operation Sergeant, First Sergeant and Readiness Group Knox, adviser to the National Guard for the state of KY, IN and GA.
Robert’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Drill Sergeant Badge and the Distinguished Order of Saint Barbara Award.
Robert has three sons, Leo-Phoenix, AZ., Robert D.-Republic of China and Anthony-Keller, TX. Robert resides in Stem, N. C.

Co-CEO Mrs. Jennifer Purser
Term Start Oct 2016
Senior Staff
Mrs. Jennifer L Purser Adminstrative Director
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 50
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
External Assessments and Accreditations
Better Business Bureau of Central VA - Accredited Charity2012
John Price AwardParalyzed Veterans of America2005
John Price AwardParalyzed Veterans of America2007
Presidental CitationAmerican Kinesiotherpy Association2001
Recoginition and Appreciation for support and participationVarious Adaptive Sports Programs 1990-20132000
John Price AwardParalyzed Veterans of America2013
Cliff Crouse Award-Ladon ChambersParalyzed Veterans of America2016
Speedy Award-Volunteerism, Charles WillisParalyzed Veterans of America2016
Sports and Recreation AwardPVA National2017

The Chapter is very active in many areas of wheelchair sports and recreation, a critical element in the physical and mental well-being of spinal cord injury/disease Veterans. We encourage our members to use this program as a rehabilitation tool to increase independence, self-esteem and enhance quality of life. Over $50,000 is needed each year to fund this program

Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Budget $52,000.00
Short Term Success

Per the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website, a recent studies indicate that disabled Veterans who participate in adaptive sports report benefits such as:

  • less stress
  • reduced dependency on pain and depression medication
  • fewer secondary medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, hypertension)
  • higher achievement in education and employment
  • more independence


Another key factor to participation in adaptive sports is instant gratification. The participants can see results quickly, bond with fellow athletes and receive positive encouragement. This allows the athlete to want to participate and in most cases adaptive sports participation results in a more active and productive lifestyle from the disabled person.
Long Term Success
The long term success for this program is noted by how many members participate in the programs and request funds for various events. Our goal is to have at least 10 novices and 35-50 existing members at each yearly Wheelchair Games.  This has been our standard since 1981. Ultimately, this will result in many of our paralyzed Veterans, both new injury and existing members, to continue to benefit both mentally and physically by participating in adaptive sports.

Veterans who become SCI/D after leaving active duty receive care from the VA, but benefits for many critical needs are not available to them. The chapter maintains three financial assistance programs, designed to help non-service connected members in need. There is a small amount of money set aside for dire hardships. The Adaptive Equipment Program helps fund the purchase of van lifts, hand controls, etc. The Home Structural Assistance Program assist with installation of ramps, widening doorways, etc. Over $20,000 is needed each year to fund these programs.

Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Budget $20,000.00
Short Term Success
We have helped 8 members at almost $14,000 this year. Many of them received new hand controls, lock down system or lifts for their vehicles so they could be more independent. We have also been able to start the build on a ramp for one of our members through the help of The Home Depot Foundation. This project will be completed in July 2013. We currently have two new requests for adaptive equipment. We have received several thank you letters from our members we have helped through the Adaptive Equipment/Structural program. The result has been a more active group of members who volunteer their time, participate in sports and raise awareness for the chapter.
Long Term Success
For any one of our members who needs assistance for vehicle adaption or structural adaption, we will be able to financially meet their needs. Having independence is one factor that helps our paralyzed veterans to continue to lead productive lives. Having a safe place to live or being able to drive takes unnecessary strain off the family unit. Therefore even 1 or more veterans being able to get a job, go to medical appointments and live healthy and safely are good measurements of the success of this program.

This program specifically relates to services that are critical to our members. For example we provide much needed equipment for McGuire VAMC and educational materials. Over $20,000 is needed each year to fund this program.

Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Budget $20,000.00
Short Term Success
Short term success is that each month we are processing at least two or three applications for new members. 
Long Term Success
Our long term success for Membership Services comes with an increase in membership each year. Although, we are naturally conflicted between wanting new members and not wanting Veterans to have a spinal cord injury or disease, we strive to gain 40 or more members each year. We want these Veterans to have access to all the resources available to them in order to transition back to everyday life and support healthy and productive lives.

Each year members of the Chapter visit elected representatives in Washington, DC to advocate for veterans’ rights.We do not engage lobbyists, but volunteer expenses for this program are $10,000 per year.

Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Budget $10,000.00
Short Term Success
Our short- term success involves our continuation of working with local Government like the Richmond Emergency Committee to ensure best practices are in place for the disabled community during emergency situations. Also, being able to rely on local, state and even federal leaders to attend and support events put on by the Mid-Atlantic PVA. Recently, we partnered with Senator Tim Kaine to speak at Amelia Veterans Cemetery for our Memorial Day event with the American Legion Post #87. We have support from the Governor's Office and many other political partners on both sides of our government.
Long Term Success
In the long- term as we continue to gain support from all sides of the government, along with our continued dedication to meet yearly with our Representatives and Senators, we feel we are successful in the support of this program. This program has many layers on all government levels from local to federal. We continue to grow those partnerships where we can to make sure our voice is heard. We attend the Advocacy and Legislation Seminar each year, hosted by our National Paralyzed Veterans of America organization, in Washington , D.C.. We are able to meet with all of our representatives and Senators and speak to them about our important points and concerns with existing and new legislation.

This is primarily focused on the newly injured Veteran. Counseling can take place on a one-on-one basis or in a group setting within the VA Hospital. The primary objectives are to help develop coping skills and to provide guidance in the areas of independent living, recreational opportunities and other aspects related to the socialization of the newly injured Veteran. This program is delivered by highly trained volunteers and annual expenses are $3,500.

Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Budget $3,500.00
Short Term Success
The more new injuries we can support monthly, the better chance they have at a good transition. We work closely with all  of our VA Medical centers including McGuire Hunter Holmes to participate in the New Injury classes they offer and be readily available for any member who may need the support of our certified counselors.
Long Term Success
Long- Term success is determined by how any new injuries we continue to counsel each year. Also the peer counseling program is a life long program. Any member at anytime is able to meet with a certified peer counselor. All counselors are paralyzed veterans who are dedicated to helping new injuries  through their transitional period or our existing members through hard times.
CEO/ED/Board Comments Our organization faces the challenge of being able to support the needs of the paralyzed Veteran community. As new injury population continues to expand, we are in need of funds to continue to support our programs that support our veterans ability to lead healthy and productive lives.

The funds provided ensure we are able to support all of our programs including our largest program, Sports and Recreation. Funding will continue to allow us to provide the difference in cost for veterans who are able to have adaptive equipment for their vehicles. Many of these adaptions can cost anywhere from $1,300 to $5,000, depending on the need. Additionally, funding is needed for the adaption of houses, ramps and various other mobility related items our members need to live independent lives.

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter works very hard to build partnerships to gain the support of the community and local businesses to ensure sustainability for our programs. We are always pursuing any foundation, grant, private and corporate donors, and those who are within the same mission as the Mid-Atlantic Chapter to ensure we will have a future of continued success.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $310,000.00
Projected Expenses $310,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$34,717$71,018$16,726
Investment Income, Net of Losses$44,338$14,360$44,080
Membership Dues------
Special Events$13,136$13,830$6,380
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$322,415$243,719$268,569
Administration Expense$31,600$29,679$31,962
Fundraising Expense$21,319$9,722$7,159
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.951.081.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%86%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%3%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$539,956$553,048$529,874
Current Assets$433,763$29,516$403,670
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$24,636$18,436$17,157
Total Net Assets$515,320$534,602$512,717
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities17.611.6023.53
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 2/2017View