November 2008 Table of Contents


What's It All About?

On Veterans Day, November 11, when Americans pause to honor our military personnel, some may ask, "Why this special day?" Many peopleincluding schoolchildrenhave the right answer.

More Than Medals

Meeting in America's Heartland, hundreds of veterans discover the benefits of the Golden Age Games.

Support Groups:
The What, the Why, and the How

Feeling isolated or depressed? Here's how to develop ties, a sense of community, and opportunities to give to others.

The Portland Chronicles

The week was filled with major issues to discuss, determination to resolve themand a few surprises on officer-election day.

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PVA President's Message

Giving thanks is a common theme for both the Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day observances.

Reasons & Remarks Redivivus

Curt Beamers half-century of involvement contributes to success of PVAs magazines.

Mobility and More

Consumers are more proactive today in selection of wheelchairs.

Intimacy and Disability

Develop strategies to remain intimate with your partner.

Making Babies After SCI

Pregnancies and childbirth are not uncommon in relationships where one individual has SCI.

Money Talks

People with disabilities must make sound investment decisions in order to preserve capital.

People in the News

Derrick Perkins is first PVA-sponsored veteran to participate in therapeutic riding program in Houston area.

Sports and Recreation

Results for billiards events hosted by Mountain States PVA and Buckeye PVA. Also: Jim Zumbo named spokesman for PVAs Outdoor Recreation Heritage Fund.

On the Job

Telecommuting proves valuable not only for disabled workforce but also for employers.

A Closer Look

National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic successful because of efforts of staff members and volunteers.

Veteran Advisor

Eligibility and plan options for Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance or RH Life Insurance are discussed.


Disabled crossbow hunter enjoys quick success on African trip. Also: Adaptive device helps disabled Keystone PVA hunter.

Around the House

Shriners Hospitals for Children in Tampa opens wheelchair-accessible rehab kitchen. Also: Accessible Freedom Home in Tampa comes with affordable price tag.

Healing Options

Work at PVA-supported Yale University research center plays role in efforts to restore function after spinal-cord injury.


Air France transports French Paralympic athletes. Also: MIT professor is 2008 Spirit of Da Vinci award winner.

Information Center

A reclusive wheelchair-using professor is the male love interest in a new romantic novel. Also: Paralyzed man discovers yoga and the healing power of the mind-body connection.

Living Well

Financial planner: Taking a few small steps can translate to several hundred dollars in savings and help you to receive Social Security disability benefits.


Plastic rotating shower stool reportedly offers safe way to transition into and out of a shower. Also: Eating utensils and a handrim option.

And Finally...

Carolyn Boyles writes of her experiences in trying to open a package of bacon or a hard plastic case containing computer software.

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