May 2014 Table of Contents


The Right Stuff

Some of the best known nutritional supplements provide specific help for people with SCI/D.

Wheels of Honor

Ready to respond at a moment’s notice, the Lone Star PVA Honor Guard dedicates its service to pay respect to fallen soldiers and veterans.

Change of Command

New Paralyzed Veterans of America leadership is ready to take charge this summer.

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Congressional Testimony

PVA's oral testimony to the House of Representatives and Senate Veteran Affairs Committee at the annual Advocacy/Legislation Seminar in Washington, D.C.

Military Cutbacks

The month of May holds warfare significance that's a reminder of the cutbacks our military has faced.

Controlling Your Own Limbs

To help people dealing with paralysis from injury, stroke or disease, scientists have invented brain-machine interfaces that record electrical signals of neurons in the brain and translate them to movement.

Beautiful Portland

A beautiful, relaxing and historic trip in the Northwest made possible by accessible destinations in Portland, Ore. and Vancouver, Wash.

Your Own Pedestal

Before being called "an inspiration," find something that makes you worthy of that pedestal.

Pressure or Pleasure?

Although sexual activity for many people is fun and satisfying, that isn’t always the case. For some people, sexual activity after spinal-cord injury (SCI) can feel pressured, stressful and demanding.

Hands for Hope

Two researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), received a $6 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to study ways to reverse some paralysis in patients with spinal-cord injury (SCI).

Stopped in Senate

The “Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014” (S. 1982) introduced to the Senate in January, was rejected.

Cell Conversion

Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas have found a way to convert brain cells into nerve cells.

Independent Living

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new rule to allow people with disabilities and older adults access to community living.


Spinal-cord injury (SCI) and multiple sclerosis (MS) both have substantial effects on the central nervous system.

Clothing for PVA

A paralyzed veteran-owned clothing company is running a special campaign this month to benefit Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).

Saddle Up

Unable to find the right type of rugged saddlebag he wanted for his wheelchair, Paralyzed Veterans of America member Paul Polishuk took matters into his own hands and designed one.

Travels of Para

We all dream about traveling the world, but one Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) member is really doing it and sharing his experiences on accessibility.

Shorter Appeals

An increase in the disability appeals process to more than two years is leading Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) to call on Congress and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to refocus efforts and resources to fix the problem.

Dreaming of Speed

Although paralyzed from the chest down, Andy Callahan’s internal drive pushed him to keep his dirt-track racing career going.

Keselowski Teams with PVA

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is feeling the need for speed to help one of its new programs.

Lacrosse Clinic

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and Wheelchair Lacrosse USA are teaming up for a two-day wheelchair lacrosse clinic May 14–15 in Las Vegas to educate chapter-level directors on the sport in hopes of expanding it to every major U.S. city.

Berman Honor

One of the top wheelchair tennis coaches has received a major honor.

Faster VA Claims

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki came into office with a plan to prioritize the department so veterans and their families come first.

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