September 2008 Table of Contents


Healthcare Guardians

The role of protecting and watching out for the well-being of others is not limited to medical or safety professionals. A "guardian angel" can be just about anyone.

For Friendlier Skies

New protections for passengers with disabilities are on the air-travel horizon!

Opportunities Await

Assistive technology devices can enable independence. But self-advocacy and -empowerment are necessary to take advantage of them. Using them is up to you!

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PVA President's Message

Time spent with PVA members provides biggest reward for PVA president.

Reasons & Remarks Redivivus

Topic is redundant, but healthcare is important to veterans of all ages.

Around the House

Providing some sweat-equity time, quadriplegic Minnesota resident selected for Habitat for Humanity home.

Living Well

Power assist systems are profiled.

Mobility and More

Folding wheel reportedly can ease problem of limited storage space and difficulties of transport.

Money Talks

Market volatility swings can be especially disastrous for disabled and retired people.

Secondary Conditions

The secondary conditions of aging and sleep disturbances can be especially problematic for the disabled population.

People in the News

Retired Navy SEAL recognized for 1972 attempt to rescue prisoners of war in Vietnam. Also: A look at the life of Jim Hayes, who was instrumental in the success of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

Fish Tales

Results from the tenth annual New England PVA Regional Bass Trail Tournament.

Sports and Recreation

A look at trap tournaments around the country: Southeastern PVA's shoot in Georgia, Colonial PVA's event in Maryland, Vaughan PVA's competition in Illinois, and Wisconsin PVA's gathering near Green Bay.

Veteran Advisor

Eligible veterans have access to wide range of vocational and educational counseling services.

Travel Tips

Cal-Diego PVA president relates some of his first-hand frustrations with airline personnel and contractors employed by airports.


Preparation and response are key features of Web site that helps disabled people in hurricane-prone areas. Also: Assistance dogs for veterans with disabilities and opportunities in the IT field.

On the Hill

Department of Justice issues ADA standards rules. Also: Hearings held for legislation relating to healthcare co-payment standards.

Research Update

Researchers now able to access free online data to advance their studies of spinal-cord diseases and disorders.

Information Center

Mending the family unit following a traumatic spinal-cord injury is goal of guide.

And Finally...

Robert Fulton III proposes wheelchair events for listing in Guinness World Records.

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