May 2015 Table of Contents


Calling the Shots

Follow Lisa Munsterman, BSN, RN, CRRN, during her shift at the VA Long Beach Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Health Care System to get a glimpse into the daily life of an SCI nurse.

San Diego Discoveries

Whether on the ocean or on land, there’s a lot to see and do in San Diego during the 69th Annual PVA National Convention.

Down to the DNA

Gene therapy, the latest research in a cure for SCI, uses genetic material as opposed to stem cells, to promote regrowth.

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A Salute to “The Men”

There are about 1 million WWII veterans still alive, but they’re in their 90s and the VA estimates nearly 500 of them are dying every day.

Now Is The Time

We have to give McDonald credit. He’s working fast and making major changes in an entrenched system that many of us thought wasn’t possible.

Downs Honored

The resident prosthetics authority at Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) was honored this spring with one of the nation’s top awards in rehabilitation science and technology.

MyVA Committee

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is calling a new committee established by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) “encouraging.”

Caregiver Help

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and other national organizations came together earlier this year to work on helping provide support for caregivers of wounded and ill military members and veterans.

Benefit Appeals

The new Fully Developed Appeal (FDA) program was a key point of discussion raised by Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) during a roundtable about the backlog of disability benefits appeals at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

PVA Advocacy

Despite bad weather, Paralyzed Veterans of America’s (PVA) annual Advocacy and Legislation Training Seminar was a success.

ABLE Accounts

If you or a family member has a disability that began before the age of 26, you may be able to benefit from a new type of savings account called an ABLE account.

A Veterans’ Pub

U.S. Navy SEAL veteran Greg McPartlin now owns a popular watering hole in Coronado, Calif.

Let The Sunshine In

The sun brings plenty of health benefits, especially for people with spinal-cord injury or disease.

Take A Stand

Gary Goldish, MD, and a pair of biomedical engineers are putting a new spin on standing wheelchairs.

The Big Idea

In April of 2014, results from a study in which electrical stimulation applied to the spines of four participants with spinal-cord injury (SCI) at the University of Louisville shocked the nation. The stimulation helped the men voluntarily move paralyzed limbs.

Global Network

Almost 70 million people in the world use a wheelchair. But getting a wheelchair, necessary services and appropriate health care providers doesn’t come easily for many.

Dual-Purpose Drug

Researchers from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) report the cancer drug epothilone may help people with spinal-cord injury (SCI).

Opioid Control

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is using a new tool to help protect veterans from complications because of opioid medications.

Bone Up for Health

Osteopenia and osteoporosis are common, and yet overlooked, complications for people with spinal-cord injury or disease (SCI/D).

Veterans Make NWBA History

For the first time in two decades, two retired military veterans from the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s High Performance Pool participated in the USA Men’s National Selection camp.

Clinic Added

A new handcycling event has been added to the 2015 Paralyzed Veterans of America’s (PVA) adaptive cycling clinics.

Registration Due

There’s only a little bit of time left to send in your applications for the 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games.

Valor Games

Registration ends at the end of May for the 2015 Far West Valor Games, which are funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Top Shots

John Arbino and David Coffield finished tops in their divisions at the fourth annual Virginia Mid-Atlantic Paralyzed Veterans of America Air Gun Tournament held March 12 at the Colonial Shooting Academy in Richmond, Va.

Zooming to $22,222

Pennzoil and the Joey Logano Foundation each presented checks for $22,222 to Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Sports Equipment

The VA can help you get sports and recreation equipment. These tips will help get you started.

Just Checking In

My life is full of ups and downs, just like any other.

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