February 2014 Table of Contents


Surfing for Love

The phrase, “We met online,” hasn’t always gotten a positive response. But with ever-rising technology, online dating is getting better reviews, especially for those with SCI.

Opportunity in Orlando

There’s plenty of time for business and fun at the 68th Annual PVA National Convention.

Quick Winter Workouts

Don’t let the cold keep you from exercising, especially when there are some easy ways to stay in shape during winter.

Riding the Roads

Whether you’re driving to the PVA convention or taking a vacation, these road trip tips will help make things easier.

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A Big Role to Fill

On Valentine's Day, take the time to consider everything our spouses and caregivers do for us.

Good Leaders

Quality leadership makes the Long Beach VA Scinal Cord Injury Center one of the best.

Good to the Bone

Bone health is important for everyone as they get older and even moreso for people with spinal-cord injury (SCI).

Tongue Driving

New technology allows quadriplegics to control their wheelchair with a tongue stud.

Memorial Ramps

People in wheelchairs and with other disabilities now have access to a World War II memorial in Portland, Ore., thanks to the efforts of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Oregon Chapter.

Disability Treaty

PVA is joining Secretary of State John Kerry in supporting the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Treaty.

More Work to Do

PVA Associate Executive Director of Veterans Benefits Sherman Gillums Jr., says the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made progress in cleaning up a backlog of disability claims, but there is still more work to be done

PAVE Honored

PVA efforts to help injured vets get back to work was honored in November by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Understanding Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections

Learn how to protect yourself from STDs and STIs.

Moving on Up

Thirty-two Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities have been ranked “top performers” across the nation — a significant increase from 19 in 2011–12 and 20 in 2010 — nine of which have been named top performers for two consecutive years.

900,000 Neglected

A federal judge found New York City guilty in November of violating the rights of 900,000 residents during emergencies.

Through New Eyes

Karen Meyer is the first and only Chicago broadcast journalist who is also deaf. She has been covering disability issues for the local ABC affiliate for 22 years with award-winning style.

My HealtheVet Anniversary

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of My HealthVet all year after hitting the milestone in November.

Roll Onto the Beach

Finding an accessible place to stay and a wheelchair-friendly beach in the same spot on a vacation is a major obstacle, but there’s a park in Florida that takes care of that and more.

Sailing Therapy

Recreational sports can help people rehab following a spinal-cord injury (SCI), and ultimately help them to become happier, according to researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Women’s World Championships

The largest women’s wheelchair world basketball championship field is set.

Basketball Clinic

The New Mexico Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System, along with the ABQ Kings Wheelchair Basketball Team and the Bernalillo County Recreation Department in Albuquerque, N.M., will hold a clinic to introduce adaptive wheelchair basketball to interested veterans.

Free Sports Ability Program

The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association will hold a free weekend sports ability program from April 10–12.

What’s a Wijit?

Amidst the challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle are the additional challenges of mobility and comfort. In response to these ever-present needs for health and independence, the Wijit Lever and Breaking System were created.

Existing in the Third Person Singular

One of the challenges of being in a wheelchair is dealing with how society views you.

Prosthetic Support

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service (PSAS) provides us with access to prosthetics, orthotics and sensory aids, which is why it’s imperative we understand and support this important service.

Thanks Uncle Nonnie

Maybe it’s a product of facing my own mortality these past few years, or maybe it’s a reaction to my recent change of lifestyle, resulting in my living with a wheelchair. Either way, I decided to do something radical this past holiday season.

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