June 2014 Table of Contents


Mind & Body

People with SCI are joining the yoga craze in adaptive classes that boost mental and physical wellness.

Pushing Past Limits

For many veterans, the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is more than an annual event — it’s a tradition.

Ballpark Accessiblity

Modern stadiums are making it easier for everyone to attend a game and enjoy America’s national pastime.

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Capitol Hill Campaign

PVA’s Government Relations Department’s annual seminar trains, educates and assists members to better understand and reach Congress.

A Fond Farewell

I realized as I sat at my computer to compose this month’s PVA from the Top column, that this is the last article I write for PN. Next month, I begin my semi-retirement.

Congressional Conflict

America's leaders need to stop concentrating on what's right for their party and focus on what's right for the nation.

Accessible Icon Moves Forward

A disability advocate group is taking its beliefs to the streets with a new version of the International Symbol of Access.

Backlog Breakthrough

Last April, the backlog of pending disability compensation claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reached an all-time high — more than 611,000. Now, one year later, it has been reduced by 44%.

Finding Funding

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers have restored $7 million to the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program for the 2014–15 State Budget.

VA Budget Boost

President Obama is proposing to raise the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) budget by 6.5% for the 2015 fiscal year.

Chemical Repair?

A new study suggests it could one day be possible to chemically reprogram and repair damaged nerves after spinal-cord injury (SCI) or brain trauma.

Captivating Cardiff

The largest city in Wales and the country’s most popular tourist destination is the capital, Cardiff.

ALS Home Grant

A policy change in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) now allows veterans with service-connected amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to qualify for grants to help build, buy or adapt a home.

PAVE Outreach

The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is using new Labor Department regulations to help bring together federal contractors, subcontractors and injured veterans looking for work.

Win a Sienna

Disabled military veterans have an opportunity to win a new Toyota Sienna with Vantage Mobility International’s (VMI) Access 360 In-floor Ramp Conversion system.

Volunteer Kudos

It takes a lot of dedicated people to help run the many services of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and some of those folks aren’t even on the payroll.

Immunity Boosters

The immune system is a complex collection of cells, organs, proteins and tissues found throughout the body. This dynamic system is responsible for protecting your body against infection and disease.

Hans, Holland Get Hot

Johnny Holland showed off his “Quadzilla” magic again.

Florida Duo Wins PVA Citrus Slam

Two Florida men took home the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Citrus Slam Tournament title, while a PVA tandem finished in second place.

PVA & Nationals Team Up

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and the Washington Nationals are teaming up for ticket purchases.

Cal-Diego Captures Own Event

The Cal-Diego team (pictured) won the team title at Cal-Diego’s 26th-annual small shooting arms event March 28–30 in Riverside County, Calif.

Ohio Hosting 8-Ball Classic

Billiards players are invited to participate in the June 21–22 third-annual Paralyzed Vetereans of America (PVA) Buckeye Chapter 8-Ball Classic in Independence, Ohio.

Are You Covered?

Following a recent health care issue, I wondered if the worst-case scenario happened, would the life insurance I have be enough to help pay for burial expenses with any additional expenses for my family?

How are You Today?

That is such a rhetorical question. Sometimes I wonder if the person asking it really wants to hear the answer. Usually, people just say “fine” and move on.

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