April 2015 Table of Contents


A Foundation of Hope

More than $1 million from PVA helps researchers in their efforts to better understand, treat and possibly find a cure for SCI/D.

At Your Service

Whether it’s helping a veteran stay in his or her home or reuniting a family, PVA National Service Officers handle a wide range of duties.

Election Time

Meet the candidates ready to lead PVA’s mission of changing lives and building brighter futures for veterans and others with SCI/D.

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Hidden Injuries

The war is officially over, but not for those who bear the permanent scars of battle.

A Lasting Legacy

Remembering Frank Rigo

Concerns Remain

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) says it’s de- ­lighted about the organizational change in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system, but is still worried about other internal issues in the department.

Future City Winners

A group of elementary school students from Florida are helping lead the way to creating a more accessible city for people with disabilities.

Support For Act

A bill that would help federally-employed veterans with disabilities accumulate paid sick leave during treatment has the full support of Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).

Penske Power

A year-long fundraising campaign from the Penske Automotive Group will be supporting Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).

Hiring Goals

An impressive goal set by Paralyzed Veterans of America’s (PVA) Operation PAVE (Paving Access to Veterans Employment) means it’ll be very busy the rest of the year.

Honors for Hagel

Veterans service organizations honor outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Big Things at CES

When it comes to finding the latest technological innovations that can improve life for people with spinal-cord injury or disease (SCI/D), the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the place to be.

A Hands-Free Phone

Have you ever wanted to invent something to solve a problem that you faced? Well, that’s the story of what happened with the Sesame smartphone.

Frank Rigo

A big presence will be missing at next month’s Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) national convention in San Diego after the passing of beloved long-time member and former secretary Frank Rigo.

Healthy Dining Out

Going out to eat is a fun experience, but it can be a frustrating challenge if you’re trying to lose weight or want to eat healthier.

Spinal Stimulation

Researchers in Switzerland have developed a spinal implant that gets paralyzed rats walking again.

Med Tracker

A new feature added to My HealtheVet allows veterans to track the status of their prescriptions from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Mail Order Pharmacy any time of the day.

Massage for MS

A study at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta looks into massage as a viable method of treatment for keeping Multiple Sclerosis (MS) symptoms at bay.

Realistic Touch

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are together improving prosthetics with wounded and paralyzed veterans in mind.

Aquino Nets Trio

Pedro Aquino captured three shooting titles at the Jan. 26–27 Cal-Diego Paralyzed Veterans of America Air Rifle and Air Pistol Tournament in San Diego.

Cyclist Celebration

Paralyzed Veterans of America Racing Team competed in Phoenix's Valley of the Sun Criterium.

On The Web

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Adaptive Sports program is now on Facebook.

Going Batty

The Louisville (Ky.) Bats will show their support for Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) with a bit of color this year.


PVA President Al Kovach takes a ride at the 2015 Sports Car Club of America solo Autocross Series at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

Seeking Solutions

While the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) touts its reduced claims backlog, an appeals bottleneck is forming.

A Veteran’s View

How much of our lives are a part of us? There are many things we do that we cleanly move on from, and there are many things we do that stay with us forever.

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