September 2005 Table of Contents


We Are What We Dream

The 2005 National Veterans Wheelchair Games celebrates 25 years of courage, character, and competition.

From Russia...

A Russian stem-cell therapy is an important piece of the puzzle that brings us closer to the overall goal of restored function after spinal-cord injury.

After Class

Organizations that offer inclusive membership teach children that disability is only one aspect of a person's being.

"D" Is for Drug Benefits (Part 1)

Here’s the scoop on Medicare Part D. The new prescription-drug benefit covers people who are elderly or have disabilities. But, is it a good deal for you?

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Reasons & Remarks

Editor Cliff Crase commemorates 25 years of competition and camaraderie at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games—and offers his "oddservations" on this year's silver-anniversary event.

A Closer Look

Liz Randall talks about making Memorial Day truly memorable—never forgetting the whos and whys of the holiday.

Around the House

A multidirectional ceiling track motorized lift system is part of the "extreme makeover" of the home of a promising college athlete paralyzed from a gunshot wound, and a coalition in Chicago is making homeownership easier for people with disabilities.

Diagnosis MS

In Part 1 of a series, contributor Nancy J. Holland, Ed.D, and Serena Stockwell describe "spasticity" and the patient/doctor partnership vital for successful treatment.

Fish Tales

An introduction to the PVA Bass Tour, and a report on the 6th annual New England PVA Regional Bass Trail Tournament.


Stanley S. McGowen, Ph.D., offers his perspective on a Kansas turkey hunt that bagged no toms but netted lots of new friends and a great experience.

Living Well

In Part 4 of our series on viral infections, columnist Ann Adair, R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H., M.Ed., addresses the confusion about whether infections are caused by bacteria or viruses, giving examples of viral infections and some of the drugs used to treat them.

Mobility and More

Reflecting on the recent National Veterans Wheelchair Games, contributor Marty Ball urges all readers to hone their wheelchair skills in preparation for the "Super G" challenges of everyday life. There are also reports on Motor Trend magazine's recent special section on "Promoting Mobility, Celebrating Ability," and a large order of wheelchair lifts for Greyhound Lines' motor-coach fleet, as well as a reader's request for information on two-door cars accessible for paras.

Money Talks

Columnist and financial advisor Dan Jones talks about employers' offers of "early retirement," reviewing some of the factors to consider when evaluating one of these "offers you can't refuse."


Along with the announcement of the theme for October's National Disability Employment Awareness Month ("Workers With Disabilities: Ready for Tomorrow's Jobs Today") are updates on the latest PVA chapter activities in New England, Central Florida, and Oregon.

On the Hill

What's happening in Washington, D.C., that affects citizens with disabilities? In this month's On the Hill, there are updates on PVA's recent testimony before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs (HCVA) concerning budget modeling for healthcare, election guidelines, introduction of the "Money Follows the Person" bill, HCVA Chairman Buyer's change of tune regarding the VA-identified healthcare-funding shortfall, a new companion bill to the Lifespan Respite Act, and a court case that reviews inmates' rights under ADA.

On the Job

A "Town Hall Meeting" explores the advantages—and challenges—of hiring workers with disabilities.

People in the News

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) inducts ten new members into their Hall of Fame. Who made it?

Research Update

A collaboration between Pittsburgh's Human Engineering Research Laboratories and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (Washington, D.C.) aims to provide healthcare professionals the latest and greatest treatment and rehab strategies for SCI and other disabilities.

Sports and Recreation

Reports on the latest news in wheelchair sports and rec: the second (Augusta, Ga.) and third (Green Bay, Wisc.) stops on the PVA National Trapshoot Circuit, power soccer's upcoming tournament, a how-to book from the American Wheelchair Bowling Association, and the donation of a pool table to the Minnesota PVA chapter.

Travel Tips

Columnist Carol Randall provides information about disability-access improvements at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and a portable oxygen concentrator approved for airline use. There are also reports on two great B&Bs that accommodate travelers with disabilities: a log home in Ohio and apartment suites on Lake Guntersville Peninsula, Alabama.

Veteran Advisor

"I am a 20-year-old college student. My father was awarded compensation for a service-connected disability at 100% with eligibility for Dependents' Educational Assistance. I recently married and would like to know if I am entitled to this educational benefit." PVA NSO Lawrence Walker answers this question in this month's Veterans Benefits.

Weight Matters

In this ninth in a series of articles adapted from the EatRight Home-Based Weight Management Program for Individuals With SCI, columnist Suzanne Henson, M.S., R.D., tells readers how they can modify recipes to reduce calories and fat, further increasing success in changing eating habits as part of overall lifestyle changes to improve health.

PVA President's Message

PVA President Randy L. Pleva Sr. remarks on a memorable concert by country singer Aaron Tippin—thanks to whom the Paralyzed Veterans of America are well known in Bluefield, West Virginia.

And Finally...

Guest columnist Marty Ball remembers Christopher Reeve's ability to raise money for research while also raising everyone's awareness of the various issues people with disabilities face every day. With Reeve's passing Ball wonders, who will be the next champion of the SCI cause?

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