December 2005 Table of Contents


Removing Barriers to Good Health

You may be making a "work out more" resolution for the coming year. Do you know what to look for before joining a health club?

Special Section:
Stroke It Can
Happen to You!

Two articles about the nation's third-leading killer.

Situation: Critical

In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita—and following other natural disasters—PVA provides life-saving help and support.

Making History

A dream came true on June 3, 2005, when the author toured the nuclear submarine USS Norfolk.

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Reasons & Remarks

Editor Cliff Crase remembers Jim Peters—a pioneer (and true leader) in the fight for better health care, more research, and broader education for veterans with spinal-cord injury/dysfunction and those who care for them.

A Closer Look

An avid quad-rugby player and a successful businessman combined forces with a master machinist and premiere automotive painter to create billet wheels—machined to exacting tolerances, mirror polished, and RESNA/ANSI drop-test qualified.

Around the House

This month, find out about an ADA model home in Texas, and catch up on progress of the renovation project undertaken by Suzanne and Steven Mintz to make their home more accommodating to Steven's disability.

Caregiver Connection

Columnist Suzanne Mintz—primary caregiver for her husband, who has MS—talks about her experiences with burnout and what she is doing to keep her cool.

Diagnosis MS

This article from the National MS Society offers resources and tips on Medicare's new drug benefits program and how to compare available plans.

Fish Tales

Reports on two exciting events: the New England PVA Bass Tournament (New Hampshire) and the 5th PVA Bass Tour Grand National Championship (Oklahoma).

Healing Options

For the first time rerouted nerves from above a spinal-cord injury site have restored some function in paralyzed areas. Columnist S. Laurance Johnston, Ph.D., reports on this monumental progress.


Articles highlight a moose hunt in Alaska and a pheasant hunt in Minnesota.

Living Well

How to find peace in a stressful world: That's the topic of this month's column by C. A. Brooks, M.S.H.A. There's advice about developing your own "peace-of-mind plan" and also a list of helpful resources.

Mobility and More

News about a driving simulator used as part of Methodist Rehabilitation Center's Driving Rehabilitation Program, and a report from the human Engineering Research Laboratories' study on shoulder strength in manual-wheelchair users.

Money Talks

Columnist Dan Jones tells readers how the laws are changing and what you can do to guard the safety of your retirement plan. He also offers guidelines for investing in these changing times.


Bits and blurbs: Winner of the Paralyzed Veterans of America's "Most Patriotic City" contest, partnership between a volunteer organization dedicated to rehabilitating houses and a ramp manufacturer, a golf event that raised $777,000 for SCI research, an exhibit featuring works by young artists with disabilities, a community outreach program that helped a young man with spina bifida, and a country-music concert for active-duty military personnel and their families in the Washington, D.C., area.

On the Hill

The latest news from our nation's capitol includes updates on the Social Security Administration's proposed regulations to change the Ticket to Work program; a Department of Labor Memorandum of Understanding outlining a better and more efficient working relationship to help advance, improve, and expand the employment opportunities for veterans with disabilities; debate on the Depatment of Defense Appropriations Act of 2005; and signing of a law that increases maximum Servicemember's Group Life Insurance coverage.

On the Job

Information about the U.S. Department of Labor's "Pathways to Employment" initiative, observance of the seventh annual "Disability Mentoring Day," and and the power of education in one artist's life.

People in the News

The passing of a staunch healthcare advocate for paralyzed veterans is noted. There's also an announcement of the co-recipients of the 2005 Ameritec Prize for significant accomplishment toward a cure for paralysis.

Sports and Recreation

The latest in wheelchair sports and recreation news, including reports on the final two events of the 2005 PVA National Trapshoot Circuit and an announcement of nominees for the Paralympic Awards 2005 for Best Female Athlete, Best Team Performance, and Best Games Debut. (If you like wheelchair sports and recreation, you'll love our sister publication, SPORTS ’N SPOKES!)

Travel Tips

Columnist Carol Randall reports on what is said to be the only hot-air balloon in the U.S. that is wheelchair accessible. She also shares information about two accessible vacation properties in France.

Veteran Advisor

PVA NSO Sherman Gillums offers information on programs and entitlement for educational assistance available for the dependents of disabled veterans.

Weight Matters

In this last in a series of articles sharing skills for achieving a healthy lifestyle, contributor Phillip Klebine, M.A., reminds readers you don't have to be perfect to move in the general direction of improved health. He offers practical tips for maintaining long-term success.

President's Message

Paralyzed Veterans of America President Randy L. Pleva Sr. reflects on the true meaning of the season and the gift that was given.

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