July 2014 Table of Contents


Handy Controls

Recent advances in steering wheel hand control technology mean more options for drivers with disabilities.

Underwater Uplifter

Dive Pirates gives veterans and others with spinal-cord injury a unique scuba diving experience.

Grant Rewards

See what’s happening with some projects that have been helped with a grant from the PVA Research Foundation.

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Also in this issue:

Who I Am & What I Want To Do

An introduction of Al Kovach, PVA's newly elected president.

The Fourth of July

Refocusing the nation's importance on the Fourth of July, the most significant day in our country's history.

Electric Spines

After a study at the University of Louisville that returned voluntary movement to four men with paralysis, the study expands and has even sparked new studies.

Richard Glotfelty

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and its members have lost one of the most dedicated people to veterans rights with the passing of Richard Glotfelty.

Florida Gas Law

The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Gulf Coast Chapter helped play a part in a new Florida law that helps people with disabilities receive easier assistance with putting gas in their vehicles.

Touchdown PVA!

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is helping the Minnesota Vikings score big when it comes to accessible seating in their new stadium, currently under construction.

Happy Anniversary

Paralyzed Veterans of America Associate Executive Director of Veterans Benefits Sherman Gillums traveled to California in April to help the Department of Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System celebrate 25 years of serving paralyzed veterans in its spinal-cord injury center.

PVA Getting Help From Batman

Don’t be surprised to see Batman on TV talking about what the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) does to help our nation’s injured heroes.

A Day in Ecuador

Two travelers in wheelchairs explore the area outside of Quito, Ecuador with zip-lining and watching a volcano eruption.

The Art of Being a Defeatist

The way you feel about yourself is directly correlated to the way you treat yourself.

Headsets & Kings

Bluetooth technology can help people in wheelchairs.


Expect. Employ. Em­power. That’s the theme of October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

Research Rewards

Four Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers received the highest award for early career scientists.

Hidden Heroes

A study published by the RAND Corporation highlights United States military caregivers and their need for more support and recognition.

International Achievements

University of Pittsburgh Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) Director and Paralyzed Veterans of America member Rory Cooper, PhD, received an international 2014 Henry Viscardi Achievement Award.


After struggling for a number of years with spasticity that dramatically increased with activity, I opted for a baclofen pump that delivers medication directly into my spinal canal.

What’s in a Name?

A new law in Arizona taking effect this month will replace the words disabled, handicap, handicapped and handicapping with “person(s) with disabilities.”

Nutrition for Pain?

Many people with spinal-cord injury or disease (SCI/D) deal with pain on an almost daily basis, but commonly prescribed narcotics can cause constipation and fatigue. Are there alternative ways to reduce or even eliminate pain?

PVA Members Sweep Titles

Bill Bjornes and Lance Weir each recorded air rifle division title sweeps at the first Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)/Wounded Warrior Battalion Camp Pendleton Air Rifle/Pistol Tournament on April 28–29 in Oceanside, Calif.

DaVault Reels in a Handful

Ken DaVault took home four titles at the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Bama “Big Bass” Brawl at Lake Guntersville in Scottsboro, Ala.

Oldham, Fialkowski Win

Danny Oldham and Mark Fialkowski nabbed April’s Kentucky-Indiana Paralyzed Veterans of America Fishing Tournament by just a hair.

IPC May Add Para-Snowboard

Para-snowboard cross could become a more mainstream event.


Results of the April 3–6 Redlands Classic in Redlands, Calif.

Hans is on a Roll

Charlie Hans recorded his third straight Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) billiards tournament victory.

Be Captain America’s Falcon

As PVA members, we need to do what we believe is right when it comes to helping other veterans with new injuries at the VA.

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