May 2009 Table of Contents


A Growing Trend

While the word may be difficult to say at first, it is an easy concept to understand.

To Better Serve

Through educational sessions, visits to congressional offices, and testimony on Capitol Hill, PVA addresses issues and raises awareness of the challenges facing people with disabilities.

Power-Chair Lingo

Not all power chairs are alike, and each of their characteristics affects how well they will meet individual needs.

The State of Fair Housing

It may be time to update the guidelines.

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PVA President's Message

Meetings with President Obama and his staff prove fruitful in addressing the healthcare needs of our nation's veterans.

Reasons & Remarks Redivivus

First impressions of how veterans will be affected by the new administration's budget.

Travel Tips

First trip on the new Phoenix light-rail system proves enjoyable for Bob Alonzo. There will be more rides for him in the future.

Diagnosis: MS

Dallas VA Spinal Cord Injury Unit's MS clinic celebrates ten years of helping veterans who have multiple sclerosis.

A Closer Look

Headquartered in Michigan, Athletes With Disabilities Hall of Fame honors its class of 2008. Michigan native Cliff Crase, long-time editor/publisher of PN and Sports 'N Spokes magazines, was a recipient in 2006.

A Matter of Function and Comfort

The "Sammy LS" cart evolves into a folding, motorized prone cart, providing comfort for users who have pressure ulcers.

Mobility and More

Further OPTIONS receives the Adaptive Driving Alliance's 2009 New Technology Award for Innovation in Engineering and Technology for people with physical challenges. The company developed a pickup-truck entry system for wheelchair users.

On the Job

Report indicates that people with disabilities may find a rewarding career in the military, government, and aerospace sectors.

Money Talks

Investments that pay interest or dividend income are recommended to provide some return when markets are down.

Antidepressants: Depressing News

Drugs used to treat depression reportedly have adverse impact on sexual functioning.

People in the News

Born in Taiwan and contracting polio at the age of one, Sam Wu's experiences in rehabilitation result in his desire to become a medial doctor. He's now chief medical officer at Good Shepherd Penn Partners.

Veteran Advisor

Entitlements to automotive adaptive equipment depends on several factors, including whether the veteran has a service- or nonservice-connected disability, and also whether the vet is a driver or nondriver.

Sports and Recreation

Several novice shooters get valuable experience at PVA National Trapshoot Circuit event in Las Vegas.

Fish Tales

American Eagle Bass Anglers, working with the New England PVA Bass Trail, keep memory of Al Cail alive by encouraging other paralyzed and disabled veterans to discover the healing power of bass fishing.


Seven veterans with disabilities will ride their motorcycles in the documentary "Uniting the Divide," covering a 2,400-mile journey down the Continental Divide.


The multiCHAIR 9018rx is featured, along with the BedZak organizer caddy for your bed.

And Finally...

Jack Tumidajski looks at the veterans who settled in Mexico and in 1964 formed the PVA Mexico Chapter (which closed its doors 20 years later).

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