December 2014 Table of Contents


2014 Holiday Gift Guide

These holiday gift ideas geared toward people with SCI/D take the guesswork out of shopping for family, friends or even yourself.

A Grand Celebration

The people and groups who help make life better for our nation’s disabled heroes take center stage at the annual Mission: ABLE Awards.

What a Year

Problems in the VA, new PVA leaders, ground-breaking technology and amazing achievements each helped make 2014 a fascinating year.

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The Caregiver Paradox

Many veterans are finding themselves in an expanding generation of people who are providing care for their aging parents while requiring care themselves.

Another Battle

The Civil War played an important part in creating the uniform celebration of Christmas in our nation.

Amtrak Boarding

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is working with Amtrak to make it easier for people with disabilities to board the train.

CRPD Support

An international treaty modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act continues to get support from Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) after it ran into trouble again on Capitol Hill.

Better & Stronger

Despite many high-profile problems this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a “tremendous opportunity” to emerge as a “better, stronger, health care system,” according to Interim Under Secretary for Health, Carolyn Clancy, MD.

The King & PVA

Racing royalty helped Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) pull in a six-figure donation at September’s Barrett-Jackson event in Las Vegas.

Air Travel

The busy holiday travel season is already well underway, but Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) was at work early this fall to make flying better for all people with disabilities.

Finding a Better Seat Cushion

Pressure ulcers are a far too common complication from spinal-cord injury or disease (SCI/D) and a good seat cushion goes a long way in helping prevent what can be a costly, and even deadly, problem.

Prosthetic Delays

Reports to PVA say the VA Prosthetic Service is adding requirements that increase the paperwork necessary for a disabled veteran to receive certain items.

Because I Can!

Anyone with multiple sclerosis can tell you that it puts a real crimp on mobility, turning a short trip into a major outing.

Slashing Fraud

Pondera Solutions is cracking the whip on disabled parking permits and placard fraud.

City Living

WalletHub released analytics in October, ranking the best and worst cities for people with disabilities.

VA Pay Raise

As part of the ongoing initiative to solve access problems within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system uncovered earlier this year, the VA announced increases in the maximum pay rates for VA physicians and dentists this fall.

Your WAV is Arriving Now

Ride-sharing company Uber teamed up with Open Doors Organization, a non-profit working to create equal consumer choices and opportunities for people with disabilities, to increase the availability of accessible rides.

Hartman Nets Opening Title

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) kicked off its 2014-2015 Bass Tour season and it’s already headed into a full fall swing.

Veterans Receive Grants

Interested in starting adaptive sports? Well, grants are about to be distributed to help people learn how to participate in them.

Para-triathlon Events Selected

Para-triathletes should see an even split of medal events across genders with the final three of six medal events approved for the sport’s debut at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Distinguished Service

Charlie Huebner received the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, Oct. 4.

16 Paralympic Sports Approved

Warm up those rackets and start crushing those shuttlecocks because badminton is headed to the Paralympics.

New ALS Handbook

A new guide outlining the best care, treatment and equipment for ALS patients is now available.

A Christmas Wish

For this holiday we should remember what we all share instead of what keeps us separate.

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