January 2012 Table of Contents


The Road to Fayetteville

Service, education, and the arts have led Dallas Lee on an interesting journey. His involvement with the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival began five years ago when he submitted a dramatic reading that won first place at the local competition.

London Calling

The world's best athletes with disabilities are headed to England for the 2012 Paralympics. Three Paralympians share their feelings about what representing the U.S. has meant to them.

Delivering Excellence

Top spinal-cord-injury researchers gather for inaugural PVA Summit, discuss the advancement of spinal-cord medicine and healthcare.

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For avid readers, an e-reader can be a great thing. Here's now to understand what they are, what to look for, and how to prepare to purchase one.

Happy New Year, Happy Same You!

Be authentic to who you are deep inside, listen to your heart's whispers, and trust your intuition.

Planning for Incapacity

Even with today's medical miracles, it's a real possibility that you or your spouse could become incapable of handing your own medical or financial affairs.

Are You at Risk?

Some people are more likely to develop flu-related complications if they become sick from influenza.

Job Bank

The Veterans Job Bank goes beyond basic job-searches. It connects vets' military specialty with civilian skills, and allows companies to ensure their website job postings are "in the bank."

Customized Employment

Process helps job candidates and employers meet their needs.

Online Partners

Partnership is designed to help vets find jobs online.

Romantic Rhine & Germany

An accessible tour includes the romanticism of the Rhine River.

Don't Let Your Wheels Stop You!

If you have a new disability and haven’t yet traveled by air, the following information may help you.

Air Supplies

Oxygen equipment enables people with disabilities to travel.

All On Board!

People with disabilities need more than access to waterways and docks. They need a way to actually board the watercraft.

Miracle Cure? Don't Be So Sure!

If a product or service sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The FDA offers a new Internet resource to help consumers protect themselves from bogus health products.

Beth Roscoe

Woman with SCI inspires artist to create wheelchair series of digital art.

John Keveaney

White House honors U.S. Army veteran who co-founded facility for homeless and disabled veterans.

Achieving Clean Indoor Air

The air quality in our homes can be a cause for concern. Respiratory disabilities in the U.S. have the highest rate among children under 18 and the fourth highest among adults. Senior citizens and people with physical disabilities may also have weakened immune systems and could be more vulnerable to mold. For this reason, moisture and humidity levels must be controlled.

Cancer Drug for SC?

Taxol is a drug used to treat a variety of cancers. It could be considered for treating spinal-cord injury.

Feel the Burn

Manual-wheelchair users can burn extra calories, according to a University of Tennessee study.

Celebrity Stylin'

A shiny new pickup truck "with all the bells and whistles" can put anyone in the spotlight.

Online Resource

Research accessible vehlcles online.

Hello OnStar

Van manufacturer rolls out OnStar FMV services.

Children's Book

Tale targets young children in response to bullying of kids who are "different."

Educational Videos

Help for understanding brain injury and spinal-cord injury.

Lights, Camera, Action!

Romantic tale focuses on dancer's life after disability.

Glide Away

Enjoy the rocking movement right in your wheelchair!

Adaptive Jeans

Jeans that fit your lifestyle.

Expanded Disability Awards

Speakers and two new awards scheduled for spring disability conference.

Veteran Widget

Search tool helps connect with helpful services and programs.

Blue Button for All Americans

Making personal health records system available to patients of more than 25,000 physicians across the country wins VA award.

Online Access Help

Company offers keyboard and mouse replacement solutions for free.

A New Season

PVA Bass Tour kicks off new season in Georgia.

Passes by Mail

Convenience is the name of the game for Senior and Access passes to the national parks.

Another Win

Familiar faces sweep the titles at the Arizona PVA Trapshoot.

PVA Racing Team

Fitness and Wellness program promoted through handcycling and other high-energy sports.

Reserve Education Assistance Program

Reserves and National Guard personnel may qualify for educational benefits.


The PVA Education Foundation funds numerous educational projects that benefit and serve people with spinal-cord injury/disease, their families, and caregivers.

This 'n' That

Andy Rooney was a great patriot and lover of America who shared his opinions. VA Secretary Shinseki has made headway in transforming his department's attitude.

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