August 2009 Table of Contents


Through Prosthetics

From artificial limbs to simple tools for eating, this program provides a wide range of devices that enable independence and enhance quality of life.

Accessible College:
A Case Study

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania�s faculty, students, and staff have made a firm commitment to students with disabilities.

Just Ask an NSO!

In-depth training prepares service officers to deal with myriad issues concerning healthcare and benefits.

Golden Opportunities for Golden Agers

The spirit of competition, camaraderie, and commitment to an active lifestyle helps prevent illness, strengthens the heart, and rejuvenates the soul.

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Advanced Prosthetic Arm

The VA has announced a three-year study of an advanced artificial arm that allows people with arm loss to easily pick up a key or hold a pencil.

PVA President's Message

PVA Convention: A time where we put all issues on the table and see where our organization is heading.

Reasons & Remarks Redivivus

Because of what our countrys founders faced in the past and did not want to face in the future, they were sensitive to set forth the logic behind their statement of independence.

No Ramps, No Clamps, and No Straps!

Christopher Stanford uses basic laws of physics to develop stationary wheelchair trainer.

The Seat of the Soul and Spinal-cord Dysfunction (Part 1)

Dysfunction of the small pineal gland, located near the brain, is associated with cervical spinal-cord injury and multiple sclerosis.

People in the News

Kenneth C. Huber, PVA national president from 1996 to 1998, passes away. Also: Tammy Duckworth assumes chief spokesperson post for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mobility and More

Phoenix-based VMI offers fold-out ramp that offers greater maneuverability in tight parking spaces. Also: Adjusting your wheelchair to minimize pain and injury.

Living Well

The earlier a pressure is detected, the easier it is to treat and the less impact it will have on your life.

The Psychology of Color in Healthcare

The seven colors of the rainbow improve balance and healing in the mind and body, and are used in conjunction with hydrotherapy and aromatherapy.

Sports and Recreation

Results from trap events hosted by Southeastern PVA and Mid-America PVA. Also: PVA billiards and bowling results, as well as accessibility on the beaches of Hawaii.

On the Hill

House subcommittee holds hearings on improving healthcare services for women vets and providing assistance to family caregivers of seriously wounded veterans.

Sexuality and SCI

FDA approves female condom, and study shows female Viagra patch is ineffective for women after hysterectomy.

Veteran Advisor

The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) is a healthcare program in which VA covers the cost of services and supplies. TRICARE (and CHAMPUS) are also explained.

Do You Know...?

Pi Kappa Phi men and Push America work together to make construction projects for people with disabilities come true.

Fish Tales

Congamond Lake event in Massachusetts kicks off New England PVAs Bass Trail season. Also: Results from Central Florida PVA bass tourney.

Research Update

State of the Science workshop attendees learn about the latest strategies in treatment, rehabilitation, community reintegration, and full participation of people with disabilities.

Information Center

Spinal Network provides information on all aspects of life on wheels. Also: Mayo Clinic medical experts offer advice on spinal-cord injury in new book, and Yes, You Can! is updated and free online.


Operation Helping Hand assists wounded servicemembers and their families. Also: HeadNorth Foundation continues to provide grants to people and families affected by spinal-cord injury.


Neck wrap said to provide up to 1.5 hours cooling between ice water recharges. Also: An exerciser and a new pediatric stander.

And Finally...

Bruce McGhie: The difficult situations (of getting out and about) never go away, although you do learn some tricks and shortcuts to make them a little easier.

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