July 2011 Table of Contents


The Robots
Are Coming!

Will one be helping out in your home?

Therapy Mythbusters

Collaboration for patients' health is the name of the game!

"Out of this World"

The wonders of the universe will literally be at your fingertips when the Paralyzed Veterans of America National Convention rolls into the Houston, Tex., area.

Pop in to Pittsburgh!

While Pittsburgh has had many monikers over the years, it's now a place where heroes become legends.

Ready for Action

Candidates for PVA national offices face many issues.

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A Matter of Healing

Therapies fall into many categories: drug rehab therapy, speech therapy, psychotherapy, aromatherapy, chemotherapy—the list goes on and on.


Through conversations with so many hospitalized vets, I know that PVA has justified its existence.

Help is Nearby

Paralyzed Veterans in rural and sparsely populated areas have difficulty getting informed and timely care for medical problems.

You Said It...

Readers sound off about PVA Awareness Month and Chosin, Korea.

Around the House

Charles Schwab, Architect, AIA
"Smart" (green) appliances help the environment, and when they are incorporated into Universal Design, the result benefits everyone.

Chris Kaag

As an instructor, Kaag does not accept excuses and knows each of his students and how to get them to take their workouts to the next level.

Rehabilitation Robotics

Robotics provides an exciting alternative or supplement to traditional rehabilitation, training, and assessment.

Peptide Potential

This study may facilitate development of an effective therapy for many neurological disorders, including SCI.

Donated Mobility

Toyota and Braun donate a wheelchair-van conversion to the ALS Guardian Angels Foundation.

Research Leader

The ALS Association has contributed $55 million to find treatment and a cure for ALS.

Finding New Treatments

Online patient social media site, PatientsLikeMe, supplements the work done in clinical trials.

Who Has a "Disability"?

Final regs to implement the ADA Amendments Act simplify determining who has a disability.

Lions, Tigers, & Bears—Oh My!

How can we avoid spam, phishing, and computer viruses—the pitfalls of being connected on the Web?

Travel with Dogs

Find canine-friendly hotels/motels in Southern California.

Water Adventure

Wilderness Inquiry trip explores the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Morgan’s Wonderland

Morgan's Wonderland offers accessible fun in San Antonio.

Wheelchair Taxis

Wheelchair-accessible taxis have begun operating in Washington, D.C.

TSA Expands Program for Vets

TSA expands its existing program to allow all veterans to proceed with Security safely and with dignity.

Scuba Study

The Cody Unser First Step Foundation will examine the benefits of scuba for people with disabilities.

Boston Billiards

Highlights of the New England PVA/Boston Billiards 9-Ball Classic.

Raising Funds &Awareness

Two-time Olympic champion Mariel Zagunis and 2010 Wheel­chair World Team member Ryan Estep raised more than $2,000 for the U.S. Wheelchair Fencing Team.

Man vs. Fish

Central Florida PVA hosts the 25th U.S. Open Bass Tournament in April 2011.

Eufaula’s Big Winners

More than 50 disabled anglers and others participated in the Mid-America PVA “Okie Open” Bass Tournament.

On the Tour

Learn more about the 2011 Paralyzed Veterans of America Bass Tour, a BASS sanctioned event.

Negotiating with Aging

Are aging wheelers sentenced to a future of increased dependency and further loss of function?

Apply Now for VA’s Caregiver Program

New rule provides additional support to eligible post-9/11 veterans who elect to receive their care from a primary family caregiver in a home setting.

Award Winners

Honoring those who have advanced rehabilitation and showcases innovations for the future of research.

Medication Education

Adverse drug events harm more than 1.5 million people and kill several thousand annually.

Caregiver Collaboration

VA and Easter Seals announce partnership to provide training for family caregivers of seriously injured Post-9/11 veterans.

Triumph Through Faith and Sports

“Please God, don’t let me go out like this. This is where my story begins writes Bill Renje.

Disability and Help

It’s often hard to admit you need assistance.

The Power of Friendship

Yago’s Heartbeat,based on a true story,chronicles the friendship between a snail and a small child in a wheelchair.

Suicide Prevention

VA is reaching out to veterans in crisis and their families to raise awareness about suicide prevention resources.

Consumer Factsheets

Six new spinal-cord-injury (SCI) consumer information factsheets available.

Finding Potential

Studies suggest researchers may have found a mechanism necessary for prompting immune attacks in MS-like disease in mice.

Intriguing Leads

MS research and new technologies are making headway in finding what causes the disease, how to stop it and how to reverse its damage.

Neurology Meeting

Information about MS trials dominate the 63rd Annual American Academy of Neurology Meeting.

Pistols & Targets; Shotguns & “Birds”

Cal-Diego PVA's 23rd annual spring shooting event includes pistols as well as shotguns.

Gateway to Health & Wellness

My HealtheVet is the VA's official Personal Health Record website.


A listing of events around the U.S. and elsewhere for people with disabilities.

Result: Better Healthcare for Everyone

As part of its nationally recognized "Research Week," the VA celebrates exceptional care for veterans.

Fish Test

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