March 2015 Table of Contents


Pack Your Bags

Whether it’s London or an African safari, traveling abroad with a disability is becoming more accessible and these tips will make your overseas trip easier.

Now Boarding

The invention of air travel created convenience for most consumers, but despite a civil rights law passed in 1986, passengers with disabilities have to fight for better treatment from airlines.

Unbelievable Utah

Exploring Utah’s five national parks in a wheelchair is an accessible experience that takes your breath away.

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What’s Next?

As Americans began to see the cost of war personified by young men and women returning home with missing limbs, burns and brain injuries, America re-branded its newest generation of disabled veterans as “wounded warriors.”

A Lot of Talk

For anyone, losing a spouse who has been your companion for a lifetime is an occurrence no one can understand.

Tortured Logic

Deputy executive director of Paralyzed Veterans of America Sherman Gillums Jr. is questioning a Stanford University study on veteran disability coverage and employment.

Highest Benefits

Nobody tops Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)when it comes to getting the most benefits for its members.

Melton Makes Hall

Paralyzed Veterans of America member Ervin Melton was inducted into the Fayetteville State University Athletic Hall Of Fame.

Plowing The Way

Winter isn’t over yet and the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Wisconsin Chapter is working with a nonprofit group to make sure driveways and sidewalks of veterans with disabilities are clear should there be any late-season snow flurries.

Marijuana & SCI/D

Various research and the growing number of states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use have made it an attractive alternative for pain management for people with spinal-cord injury or disease (SCI/D).

Giving Something

Students build a made-from-scratch deer stand and trailer for the Paralyzed Veterans of America Houston Chapter.

Ramp It Up

Greg Schneider uses his role as the UPS Ohio Valley District volunteer coordinator to give veterans with mobility limitations home ramps.

Boston Bound

Walkable Boston blends nearly 400 years of history with an abundance of green spaces and a beckoning waterfront. This modern East Coast capital is a great American city and a “must-see” destination.

Standardized Claims

A new uniformed disability claim form goes into effect at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) this month.


President Barack Obama signed a new law last December said to be the first major legislative reform for people with disabilities since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Building Bridges

Neurosurgeons at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix performed a firstof-its-kind surgery on a patient with spinal-cord injury as part of a study that may change future treatment options.

Managing MS

Results from an ongoing study show high-dose immunosuppressive therapy and autologous hematopoietic cell transplant (HDIT/HCT) in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) may prevent progression of relapsing-remitting MS.

Top Shooter

Making three finals at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Shooting World Cup in Fort Benning, Ga., helped Mike Tagliapietra earn a major honor.

Major Grant

A $500,000 grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) will help 500 severely disabled veterans across the country benefit from rehabilitation programs in winter sports and recreation.

Boston Bid

The U.S. is going green for its 2024 Paralympic Games bid.

Club Honors

Thirty-seven Paralympic Sport Clubs have received honors through Paralympic Sport Club Excellence Program, including 13 that achieved excellence for the first time or moved up a level from 2013.

Just The Right Time

Facing retirement from the Army after 10 years of service, Staff Sgt. Curtis Richardson wanted to channel his experience, skills and passions for technology and challenging work into an exciting new career.

Laughter Reigns

We all have our foibles and idiosyncrasies, and it’s our ability to make a little fun of them once in a while that takes the stress out of day.

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