November 2014 Table of Contents


Honoring the Sacrifice

The new American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, honoring all types of veterans with disabilities, is open just in time for Veterans Day.

'Tis the Season to Eat

There’s no shortage of good food this time of year, but these easy tips will make sure you don’t end up stuffed like your Thanksgiving turkey.

Networking in Nevada

The PVA Summit 2014 + Expo brings clinicians from around the country together to share information and ideas to better serve patients.

All You Need is Hope

This year, the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Philadelphia truly showed what the event is all about.

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Lead by Example

Nov. 11 has become a day to thank and recognize all those who served honorably in the military and acknowledge that their contributions to our national security would be forever appreciated.

The Evolution of Veterans Day

The month of November has special significance for Americans and also for countries overseas that have been our allies in military conflicts in the past. November has that significance because it’s the month in which Veterans Day falls.

Founding Father

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) sadly learned former national president Patterson “Pat” Grissom died late this summer. He was 89.

Driving Freedom

Fans heading to this month’s Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) will also have a chance to help out Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).

A Life of Service

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is mourning the loss of former national treasurer Jerry L. Dugan.


Nominations for the Harry A. Schweikert Jr., Disability Awareness Award opened Sept. 1.

Ritter Recognition

Former Paralyzed Veterans of America Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Government Relations Director Ben Ritter was honored this summer for his part in helping pass Florida’s gas pump assistance bill.

Tap Code

The true value of peer support comes in the camaraderie, not the specific activity or topic.

Suicide Prevention

The holiday season can be a tough time for those struggling with mental issues. It’s not uncommon for suicide rates to spike during the holidays.

VA Pilot Program

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is awarding five state and local governments with Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot (RVCP) grants.

Improving Mobility

An experimental drug being tested at more than 60 centers worldwide may improve mobility after spinal-cord injury (SCI).

Reducing Relapse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Plegridy, a new treatment for patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.

Returning to an Active Lifestyle

After an accident left exercise enthusiast Lan Remme paralyzed, he didn't think he would ever be able to exercise again.

My Final Column

After writing this column for 22 years, I’ve decided it was time for a change and to move on.

PVA Members Race to Titles

Two Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Racing Team members sped their way to Tour de Nez titles in August, including one who finished with a perfect score.

Pilotte Leads Wisconsin

It was a busy late summer as the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) 19th National Trapshoot Circuit gets ready to go into its winter break following this month’s Mid-Atlantic PVA Tournament Nov. 7–9 in Richmond, Va.

Cancer Takes McCullough

U.S. Paralympian Jon McCullough lost his battle with cancer in August.

Paving Your Path

If you’re a veteran or one of the thousands of service members who will discharge from the military over the next few years, chances are you’ve given much thought to your job prospects or means of economic self-sufficiency after service.

Core Values

We all promised to internalize and uphold the military core values which include honor, courage, loyalty, integrity and commitment.

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