April 2014 Table of Contents


Stem Cell Strides

An increasing number of stem cell studies are gaining FDA approval and making leaps toward hope in SCI research.

Down on the Farm

Working in agriculture proves challenging, but farmers with SCI continue to make a living and feed America.

Practical Paris

“The City of Lights” and its world-class attractions are more accessible than some might think.

Rewarding Research

The PVA Research Foundation is dedicated to supporting studies that can help make life better for veterans and others with SCI/D.

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Lend a Hand

Corporate America needs to be made aware of PVA and the unique programs our chapters offer to the community.


Remembering the life and accomplishments of the late PVA Vice President David Fowler.

Keyboard Knowledge

Typing technologies have come a long way since the days of sticky keys on a noisy typewriter. As advancements brought electric typewriters and now computers, new technologies have been applied to keyboards, as well. Many of which may be ideal for people with disabilities such as spinal-cord injury or disease (SCI/D).

Identity Theft

Whether they’re snatching your purse, stealing your mail or hacking your computer, identity thieves are out to get you.

New PVA Leaders

Leadership change is on the way to Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) this summer.

No to Single Form

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) says a proposed rule change by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could place elderly, hospitalized and severely disabled veterans at a disadvantage in filing for benefits.

Billions Needed

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is among four of the nation’s leading veterans service organizations asking for almost $73 billion to help meet the needs of vets.

Better Storage for Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs may soon see less wear and tear while traveling by air thanks to the efforts of Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Delta Airlines and two mobility companies.

Keep on Truckin’

PVA sells a customized truck at the Barrett-Jackson car auction.

Thank You, David

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) National Vice President David Fowler is being remembered and honored as someone who spent decades helping veterans in his home state of Texas and nationally.

Elevators are Rising

Home elevators are becoming more prevalent as the “Aging-in-Place” movement grows.

Wavering Wages

President Barack Obama signed an executive order, Feb. 12, to increase minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. When he originally announced the new wage plan in January’s State of the Union address, workers with disabilities making less than the current minimum wage would be excluded from the new, higher wages.

Theater for All

After several years of investigation, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara has filed and settled a lawsuit over accessibility in nine historic Broadway Theaters.

Easier Education

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a GI Bill Comparison Tool to help veterans, service members and dependents easily calculate Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits and choose VA approved educational institutions and training programs.

It’s in The Air

Harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the new carpeting, plastics and other materials can make people with SCI/D susceptible to harmful health effects.

Making a Mark

PN recently lost a member of its family with the unexpected passing of freelance photographer Mark Cowan on Feb. 10. Mark began taking photos for PN and SPORTS ’N SPOKES (S’NS) in 1999, but there’s more to him than great photographs.


Will Groulx and David Randall kicked off the 2014 Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR) season with top- three finishes at the Top End EuroAmerican Handcycling Championship in Melbourne, Fla., Feb. 2.


Calvin Smith finished as the overall air rifle and pistol champion at the fourth Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and Cal-Diego Air Rifle/Pistol Seminar and Competition, Jan. 27–28 in Point Loma, Calif.

Soldier Rides

A new idea is bringing wounded warriors and paralyzed veterans together on the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride.

Take Charge

Stop the practice of throwing your health into the hands of others, learn about your disability and set the standard of your care.

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