August 2014 Table of Contents


The Squeaky Wheel

Knowledge of basic maintenance is a must if you use a wheelchair as your primary mode of mobility.

Patriots in Philly

The City of Brotherly Love is playing host to hundreds of “Brothers (and sisters) in Arms” for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

Rolling on the Highway

Motorcycle conversions and wheelchair accessible trikes give riders with SCI freedom on the road.

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Steeped in History

It’s that time of the year again. The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) present the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in a city that will never be the same after we leave.

Managing a Mess

The situation at the Phoenix Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center didn’t affect any spinal-cord injured or diseased veterans that we presently know about. However, the factors leading to this problem aren’t unique to that hospital.

Expanded Care Consequences

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system has been under significant scrutiny for the past few months and unfortunately, it appears Congress is moving on a bipartisan basis to expand contract care activities within the VA to address the problems.

Remembering Romagnano

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) lost a great friend and leader with June’s passing of former national president Joseph Michael Romagnano Sr.

Silent Fathers

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is looking for a new leader to help fix systemic misconduct in the VA health care system, but Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) doesn’t believe a new secretary will solve everything.

Start the Bidding

Fans of the iconic Jeep should be on the lookout soon for a very special Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) version of the legendary vehicle.

TSA Training

Visitors and participants flying in for and out from this month’s National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Philadelphia should have a smooth trip through security at the Philadelphia International Airport.

PSA Praise

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) will have a major honor with its public service announcement (PSA) featuring Academy Award winner Ben Affleck showing in New York’s Times Square this month.

PAVE for Chicago

Chicago is home to the newest office for Paralyzed Veterans of America’s (PVA) award-winning jobs program, Operation Paving Access for Veterans Employment (PAVE).

Quality Quilt

A quilt made in remembrance of a PVA member.


The Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open held in June raised large sums for PVA's Paving Access for Veterans Employment.

Blast Off!

PVA member takes a ride on a water jet pack.

Tasty Immunity Lift

Your immune system can be impacted by the foods you eat. Follow a diet to support a healthy body.

Integrated Efforts

The Shepherd Center in Atlanta has introduced a new approach to upper limb rehabilitation with high success rates.

Reducing Relapse

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have found a method to reduce the rate of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) relapse in women by 50%.

Reducing Relapse

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have found a method to reduce the rate of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) relapse in women by 50%.

Engleberger Award

Director of Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation Rory Cooper, PhD, was presented the Engelberger Robotics Award, June 2, in Munich.

Cell Transplant

Scientists at Burke Medical Research Institute in White Plains, N.Y., received a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study cell transplant survival in the spinal cord.

Stendra Erection Drug Arrives

A new erection medication targeted for people with SCI has been FDA-approved.

Dining Dilemmas

Americans love to dine out and while the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has made it much easier for people with disabilities to let someone else do the cooking for an evening, there are still problems.

Airboating Fun

The sawgrass marshes, coastal estuaries, swamps and other waterways of central and south Florida don’t seem to be the most accessible environment for someone in a wheelchair, but don’t tell that to Jacob Bronson.

Get Your Wheels Ready for NVWG

It’s the home of cheese­steaks, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and this month, Philadelphia is also home to the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

Double Honors

Jack Barber and Tracy Peyton capitalized as a duo at June’s Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Capital Clash.

Epps is a Triple Winner

Wesley Epps kept catching the biggest prize.

Familiarity Abound

The U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National and Development Teams will have a familiar flavor to them for 2014–15. All 15 athletes named to the national team competed at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games.

Empower Yourself

The intense scrutiny into how several Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities have treated some veterans has been going on since early spring.

What Veterans Make

Veterans make more than money.

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