June 2008 Table of Contents


Today's Wheelchairs

An international organization recognizes rights and needs of people with disabilities; lightweight wheelchairs and manufacturers are listed.

Rocky Mountain Highs

With snow conditions close to perfect for some awesome shredding of the slopes, America's heroes also shred their own trepidations about so-called "limitations."

The Story of "R"

How did Special Aid and Attendance/Special Monthly Compensation awards evolve? This information may surprise you—and replace rumors.

Omaha '08

Wheelchair athletes will be heading to Omaha for the 28th National Veterans Wheelchair Games sponsored by generous corporations and organizations.

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Also in this issue:

PVA President's Message

Healthcare and benefits delivery funding is needed for every veteran—past, present, and future.

Reasons & Remarks Redivivus

View from the back of the room: Needs of geriatric paralyzed people must be addressed.

Caregiver Connection

Life-altering event means not only dealing with emotions but also new realities.

Research Update

PVA Research Foundation's Fritz Krauth Memorial Fellowship goes to Charlesnika Evans, PhD.

Diagnosis: MS

With encouragement of volunteer Stanley Freedman, Harris Ullian is at the piano again.

People in the News

Primary-care physician recognized for caring attitude. Also: Renee Tyree and Homer S. Townsend Jr.

Veteran Advisor

PVA NSO Winston Woodard III explains the VHA process and how to appeal a decision.

Travel Tips

Ask questions before booking to make sure room is thoroughly accessible.

Healing Options

Innocuous bacteria can be used to fight off pathogens that cause urinary tract infections.

Sports and Recreation

Team USA returns from Switzerland with bronze medal. Also: Billiards and basketball tournament results.

Fish Tales

PVA Bass Tour results from event at Clarks Hill Lake near Augusta, Ga.


ROHO Group updates Web site. Also: PVA Awareness Week.

A Closer Look

Assistive technology allows Kimberly Walters to regain independence following 1993 auto accident. (That's Kimberly skydiving on this month's PN cover.)


New Mexico Game and Fish Department invites disabled hunters to White Sands Missile Range event.

Information Center

David Lega, "Spirit of the Games" winner at 1996 Paralympic Games, shares positive thoughts in "Hands Free" book. Also: "Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide for Patients and Families."

And Finally...

Author believes empowerment patient receives from her book will lead to higher quality of healthcare.

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