March 2014 Table of Contents


The Art of Combat

Adaptive martial arts helps people with disabilities find increased health, strength and confidence.

Step by Step

It may sound like something from a science fiction movie, but exoskeletons continue to advance and help people with SCI walk.

The Traveling Home

Finding wheelchair accommodations on vacation is a breeze when you're traveling in an accessible RV.

No Place Like Home

Home exchanging provides an affordable, comfortable and accessible way to visit many places around the world.

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Cards & Congress

Submit original artwork for a chance to be used on the PVA holiday card and learn about the annual Legislation/Advocacy Seminar.

Veterans’ Needs

Today's armed conflict in the Middle East bears similarities to the Vietnam War.

Racing SmartWheel

All wheelchair athletes want to move faster, expend the least amount of energy and avoid pain and injury. A new type of wheel is helping them do exactly that.

A Virtual Walk


Cab Call for All

A major lawsuit filed against New York City in 2011 has finally reached a settlement. The deal from that settlement, however, may now be on hold.

Caring for Combat Injuries

A two-year study looking into the lives of families with combat-injured veterans is about to get underway.

Disability Fraud Crackdown

Social Security is cracking down on disability fraud in 2014. In 2012, 11 million citizens collected $140 billion in Social Security disability benefits, a rate that may cause the agency to run out of money by 2016.

Laugh at Small Stuff

I learned early on that two of the many raps against people on wheels are we aren’t very resourceful, and we lack a sense of humor.


Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is disappointed in the bipartisan budget deal Congress agreed to that forces military service members and their families to shoulder the burden for deficit reduction.

Veteran Data

The latest data from an annual statistics survey shows a large amount of veterans with disabilities living below the poverty line.

Toying Around

The holidays are long over, but there are dozens of children still enjoying some great toys thanks to the efforts of the national staff of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).

Warrior Wheels

A new national program from Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is allowing people to donate their vehicles to help wounded warriors.

Penske Boosts Mission: ABLE

Penske Truck Rental presented Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) with a check for $255,157 last December to benefit PVAs Mission: ABLE campaign.

Washington Islands

When it comes to a cool destination for summer vacation, it’s tough to beat Anacortes, Wash., on Fidalgo Island just 80 miles north of Seattle.

A Wing & a Prius

Hybrid vehicles can be driven by all! With just a few adjustments to the doors, a Toyota Prius becomes wheelchair accessible.

Military Skiers

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Dan Cnossen looks like he’s ready for the 2014 Sochi Paralympics.

Ski Safety Grants

The Kelly Brush Foundation has received a big boost in its goal to improve ski racing safety for those with spinal-cord injuries (SCI).

Junior Athlete Time

SPORTS ’N SPOKES magazine is again looking for the best young wheelchair athlete in the country.

Earning & Learning

The VA Work-Study Allowance program allows students to "earn while they learn."

No Room for Pettiness — Ever

Set aside your spouse's seemingly bad habits, and be grateful for the things they do for you.

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