February 2015 Table of Contents


Just Call Him Bob

Whether he’s recruiting new employees or giving out his cell phone number, Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald is reshaping how things work at the VA.

Wheeling Through Hollywood

With a little education and advocacy, three actors who use wheelchairs prove making it in Hollywood is worth the struggle.

Through the Google Glass

From taking photos to surfing the Web, Google Glass is one of the latest wearable technologies helping people with disabilities.

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A New Paradigm

Out of necessity, a new paradigm for veteran care is evolving.

Keep Watching

Secretary McDonald has hit the ground running, and it appears he’s considering his short time in his actions.

McCoy Award

Called an “angel” and “most knowledgeable” by supporters, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) National Service Officer (NSO) Raul Acosta is the winner of the 2014 Victor S. McCoy Award for Excellence.

Cotter Award

A secretary for the Milwaukee Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) service office for more than 33 years, Linda Roberts is the recipient of the 2014 Laurie A. Cotter Award for Excellence.

Food City & Petty

Paralyzed Veterans of America’s (PVA) Mission: ABLE campaign is the beneficiary of another major donation from Food City.

Penske Donation

Penske Truck Rental made a big delivery to Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) last December.

A Lasting Legacy

A longtime supporter of Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Carlton died more than two years ago, but his record donation to PVA and a new conference room named in his honor provide a lasting legacy of his generosity.

Competition for a Cure

Conquer Paralysis Now (CPN) has set a goal to find a cure to paralysis in the next decade with a new challenge.

An MS Movement

Several organizations have come together to create a patient-driven research initiative for multiple sclerosis (MS).

Robotic Recovery

The National Institute of Nursing Research, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is funding research on the use of co-robotics in wheelchair use.

VA Update: By the Numbers

As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) “Road to Veterans Day” initiative, with the help of the Accelerated Care Initiative and the implementation of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, many changes have occurred within the VA Healthcare System.

A Peptide for SCI?

A new chemical compound developed by researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland shows promise in restoring function lost to spinal-cord injury (SCI).

Boccia Clinics Launched

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) gave boccia a kickstart this winter with two January clinics.

Paratriathlon Returns to Texas

After relocating to Arizona last year because of a change in the classification process, the 2015 USA Paratriathlon National Championships are returning to Texas.

PVA Members Make Teams

Two Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR) members have made the U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Teams and raced to some major achievements. PVR member Will Groulx (Portland, Ore.) was named to the A team, while Steven Peace (San Diego) was selected to the B team.

Let The Love Flow

For me, it was the love of a particular woman that pulled me through the toughest times of my injury and gave me the strength to fight and find the power to live again.

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