December 2006 Table of Contents


for the Soul

A special holiday meal can help
us forget—if only for a little
while—the challenges we face
the rest of the year.

Emotional Reactions: Life After SCI

Spinal-cord injury is a life-altering experience. Strong emotional reactions such as depression are common—possibly almost universal.

Paralyzed Veterans of America:
Many Returns

For many people, this time of year is the "season of giving." But PVA's supporters "give back" all year long.

Tax Tips

It's only December, but it's never too early to plan for income-tax time.

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Reasons & Remarks

Following his disabling injury, Bruce McGhie has had lots of successes, and now (thankfully) he has his own autobiography.

PVA President's Message

PVA's anniversary celebration recognizes visionary leaders who have proven their dedication to our nation's veterans.

Diagnosis MS

Food and Drug Administration approves drug for treating relapsing multiple sclerosis.

Living Well

Physical activity can have added health benefits for people with spinal-cord injury.

Caregiver Connection

Newspaper article opens doors for caregiver needing assistance.

People in the News

The Citadel retires the number of a football player who was paralyzed making a tackle during a 1985 game.

Healing Options

Drug administered soon after spinal-cord injury undergoes scientific scrutiny.


Pheasant hunt proves popular following North Central PVA trapshoot.

Mobility and More

National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association ensures quality in manufacture and installation of mobility equipment.

Travel Tips

Spain hotel has top-notch accessibility.


San Antonio event to showcase new products and services for people with disabilities.

Fish Tales

Top anglers are named, and tour sponsors are thanked.

Veteran Advisor

Factors to consider when selecting and hiring personal care assistants and caregivers.

Sports and Recreation

Results from the U.S. Open USTA National Wheelchair Championships in San Diego.

And Finally...

First Marlin Brando film featured 45 PVAers from the Birmingham (Long Beach) Hospital.

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