Emergency Assistance Program

Paralyzed Veterans of America, Buckeye Chapter has available an Emergency Assistance Program.  This program helps members of the Buckeye Chapter who may find themselves in financial distress causing possible eviction from their homes, disconnection of utilities or the inability to pay for food. Members must be in good standing for a minimum of 90 days prior to qualifying for consideration.  Application for help is limited to twice yearly or up to a maximum of $500 per year.  This is a confidential process. Payments must be made directly to the vendor.  Please contact the Chapter office for more details. (800) 248-2548; (216) 731-1017.

Mileage Reimbursement Program

Who is eligible to participate in the program?
Must be a BPVA Member in good standing for a minimum of 90 days to participate.  The Committee has the option to make exceptions for extenuating circumstances.

What is the acceptable time period before the program becomes available for use?
The BPVA Member must be hospitalized for a minimum of one week.

What is the acceptable distance for mileage reimbursement?
The mileage reimbursement will be given to visitors for travel to a VA hospital in the State of Ohio for the wellbeing of members who are hospitalized.  Beginning and ending travel must be in the State of Ohio.

How much is the reimbursement?
Reimbursement will be at a rate of .20 per mile.  Mileage will be determined via MapQuest based on the submission of the visitor of the beginning and ending address. Chapter will reimburse up to 2 trips per month with a $2,000 cap per year.

Reimbursement request containing the name of the member, name and address of the visitor, the date of visitation and the origin of the trip must be submitted by the 20th of the following month, with payment at the end of month. Request for reimbursement will only be valid for one calendar month following travel.

How will reimbursement be paid?
Reimbursements will be via check.

What locations are included in the program?
Reimbursement will be for Ohio VA hospitals only.

For more information contact the Chapter Office at 800-248-2548.



Sports and Recreation Programs

BPVA has always recognized wheelchair sports as a powerful tool for rehabilitation and social interaction for our members and others with disabilities. We offer both indoor and outdoor activities throughout Ohio. Participants vary in age, ability, and experience.


• Individual Sports Program
• Individual Sports Program Funding Application
• Sports Associate Membership Form 
• Sports Associate Guidelines


Buckeye Wheelchair Games
Click the links to view photos:
2017 Buckeye Wheelchair Games Photos
2015 Buckeye Wheelchair Games Photos

National Veterans Wheelchair Games
Click the links to view photos:
2017 National Veterans Wheelchair Games Photos
2016 National Veterans Wheelchair Games Photos


Link to previous years videos

Some of BPVA’s individual and group sports opportunities include:

• Wheelchair Basketball
• Billiards
• Bowling
• Hand-cycling
• Hunting
• Fishing
• Kayaking
• State and National Competitions

Click here for the 2018 Paralyzed Veterans Sports & Recreation Schedule.

The Buckeye Chapter sports program is open to all chapter members. We try to encourage the participation of as many members as possible. If you play a sport and need more information, please contact the Sports Director, Holly Koester.

Presently, BPVA is collaborating with other organizations to ensure that all Ohioans with disabilities have sports sponsorship. These include: TASSC in Columbus, Three Trackers in Cleveland and Toledo, and Wright State University in Dayton. These organizations together with BPVA sponsor clinics in snow skiing, water skiing, canoeing, and hand-cycling.

BPVA sponsors five wheelchair basketball teams. They are located in Miami Valley, Youngstown, Dayton, Columbus, and Toledo. We also sponsor wheelchair softball teams, quad rugby, the Columbus Marathon (wheelchair division), billiards tournaments, and air rifle competition. BPVA annually sponsors the Buckeye Wheelchair Games in Geneva, Ohio. In addition, our members participate in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

BPVA has a special program to assist individual athletes that use wheelchairs to compete. This is the Individual Sports Program (ISP). Participants in the ISP may be partially reimbursed by BPVA for entrance fees and either travel or hotel expenses. ISP participants are currently competing in archery, air rifle, fishing, golf, racing, tennis, and swimming. This program is limited to competitive events only – no camps or clinics. Contact the Sports Director for details.

Please let the Buckeye Chapter get you back in the game and off the sidelines.
Contact us for more information.

Holly Koester
Sports Director

Sports & Recreation Report
This is a compilation of the sports programs in which BPVA members have participated. It contains contact information, dates, applications etc. It will be updated annually

Challenged Athletes Foundation Equipment Grant Application
The Challenged Athletes Foundation has grant money available for the purchase of competition equipment. The grants are distributed annually. Applications are available September 1st every year and must be postmarked by December 1st. Grant awards are announced in early April. Visit their website to check out the application or read the FAQs for more information.

Sports ‘n Spokes Magazine
SPORTS ‘N SPOKES is a bimonthly publication produced by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. SNS reports on competitive sports and recreation for wheelchair users. Click here to view their website.