December 2010 Table of Contents


Putting on a Brave Face

Depression is a real illness with real symptoms that can cause very real problems—in your health, at home, and at work.

Mobility Pioneer

Doctors who diagnosed Ralph Braun's muscular dystrophy handed him a death sentence. He could sit and wait for their prediction to come true—or use those words as fuel to prove it wrong.

Prepared for the Future

PVA's 64th annual convention

History Afloat: Military Sailing Ships

A world past awaits everyone who can meet the criteria to board the vessels, including people who use wheels or have other disabilities.

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Also in this issue:

Depression After SCI: Myths and Facts

“Depression” is a loaded word.


Imagine learning of a diagnosis and feeling ashamed.

Depression: What You Should Know

Information on how to spot depression, its causes, how to get help, treatments available, and much more.

Holiday Thoughts

The holiday season brings an increased awareness of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women serving our country so we can have a peaceful celebration here at home.

History Repeats

Some of the most historic battles in U.S. military history took place in Decembers, during the Christmas season.

Readers Respond

  • Airlines should give unused first-class seats to passengers who use wheelchairs.
  • Toy hauler disclosed.
  • PN's pages are hard to turn via mouthstick.
  • Organizations assist disabled veterans.

Mount Vernon: An Update

Mount Vernon, the estate of America's first president, George Washington, is an accessible historical site.

Try the Unknown

Enticing vets with disabilities to try new activities, including surfing, kayaking, sailing, rock-wall climbing, and more.

South Africa: It’s Possible!

A 16-night South Africa adventure package

ADA Changes for Lodging

A new set of requirements relating to hotel facilities as well as operations approved.

Spectacular Hikes

Experience the world’s spectacular—and famous—hiking trails.

No Limitations

Florida Gulf Coast PVA President and his Camaro

Tap Your Troubles Away (Part 1)

A popular healing modality has the potential to lessen physical symptoms and pain.

Basic EFT Procedures

Learn to tap your troubles away.

Riding Out the Storm

The potential for natural disasters and manmade threats makes the Universal Design home "safe room" a wise investment.

Stats Released

Bureau of Labor Statistics releases comprehensive overview on the employment of people with disabilities.

Job Interviews After SCI

How to deal with discrimination in an interview.

DOL Awards Millions to Nine States

Grant recipients awarded millions.

Employment Promises

Opening the door to opportunity for many workers who are disabled remains a challenge.

Low-Payming Job?

Today’s tough job market means many people are stepping down the career ladder and taking any job they can get.

Employer and Adult Assistance Centers Funded

Funding for a National Technical Assistance, Policy and Research Center for Employers on Employment of People with Disabilities, at Cornell University announced.

MS Spasticity: Take Control!

Spasticity can be uncomfortable, even painful, and can interfere with walking, sexuality, and self-image.


Flu season is coming!

Flu Q & A

Get the answers to your Flu questions here.

The USS Pueblo Veterans: Bravery and Tenacity

The crew members have had to fight to get the full benefits

DBQs: VA’s New Approach

Innovative questionnaires specifically intended to help VA rating specialists properly evaluate and rate disabilities.

I Look Forward to Mondays

Many family caregivers do not have the benefit of good insurance, the discretionary funds to purchase outside services, or the blessing of friends willing and able to help out with personal care.

Year-end Tax Planning (Part 2)

Tax planning may allow you to control the timing and method by which you report your income and claim your deductions and credits.

West Point Salutes American Vets

West Point Military Academy's Popolopen Lake is the site of the first "Salute to American Veterans" New York Region Paralyzed Veterans and Active military Team Bass Tournament.

Playing Hardball

34th annual National Wheelchair Softball Tournament

Game, Set, & Match

Who would reign?

Las Vegas “Bird” Shooting

The 14th National PVA Trapshoot Circuit wrapped up with the end-of-the-year tournament.

Boston Billiards 9-Ball Classic

The first PVA/NWPA tour event was held in the Northeast.

Lane Lineup

The pins were flying during action at the Mountain States PVA Invitational Wheelchair Bowling Tournament.

Equine Help

A portable aluminum horse-mounting ramp

Sharp as Iron

Schabort crushed the previous record by more than an hour.

Golf for All

An interactive video game

HUD's Rental Assistance

HUD offers housing assistance for non-elderly Americans with disabilities.

Veterans and Home Loans

VA-guaranteed home loans continue to have the industry’s lowest rate for serious delinquency and foreclosures.

Accessibility Standards for the World

World Standards Day is celebrated on October 14

Clothing Source

New collection unveiled.

Final Regs on Presumptive Illnesses

It is now easier for veterans to obtain VA healthcare and disability compensation for certain diseases.

Memorial to Disabled Vets

The groundbreaking for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial took place in Washington, D.C.

Looking Ahead

Events and activities in your backyard and across the country.

Holiday Greeting

The entire staff of the Paralyzed Veterans of America wishes you a joyous holiday season.

Unfriendly Skies

Reporting incidents is necessary so DOT has a picture of the problem areas.

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