June 2015 Table of Contents


Determined to Effect Change

Neither snow nor sleet kept PVA’s Advocacy and Legislation Seminar from working to improve benefits and health care services for veterans and others with disabilities.

Mountain Healing

New hope is found at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Colorado.

Big Games in the Big D

Games, friendship, art, history, tours, great Southwestern food and more will all be part of this month’s National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Dallas.

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Saluting The Flag

Each June 14, we celebrate the birthday of the American flag. The Continental Congress officially made the Stars and Stripes the symbol of America on June 14, 1777.

Transfer Troubles

Don’t permit yourself to get in a situation where you may end up on the aircraft floor, the tarmac, bruised or with a broken limb.

Hiring in Health

A joint policy paper from Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and the UnitedHealth Group promotes ideas to help veterans and caregivers find jobs in the health sector.

PVA Helps Plenty

It was a very busy 2014 when it comes to Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) helping out members with benefits, health advocacy, employment and rehabilitation assistance.

Gillums Named Fellow

Army veteran Tammie Gillums is one of 35 caregivers selected for the 2015 Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellows program.

Access to Voting

The 2016 presidential election is well over a year away, but Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is now working to ensure people with disabilities have no problem voting.

Budget Concerns

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) has some apprehension about the House of Representative’s budget plan.

Slash Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is a common complication following spinal-cord injury (SCI), these tips can help.

Protein Treatment

The key to preventing paralysis may be in a protein found in white blood cells.

Preventing Pressure

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working with General Electric (GE) to test a new tool in hopes of putting an end to pressure sores.

Healing Waters

Blue Water Warriors helps veterans with recovery.

Employment Investment

The U.S. Department of Labor made about $15 million available in grants for federal job training programs for people with disabilities in April.

Stem Cell Surge

The University of California-San Diego charges forward with the first human clinical trial to inject stem cells directly into the spinal cords of patients with complete thoracic spinal-cord injury.

Going to Galveston

There aren’t many places in the world where a wheelchair user can roll through a rainforest, climb an oil rig and explore a three-story mansion all in one weekend. But Galveston, Texas, is one of them.

Three Double-Winners

It was a rich Cal-Diego Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Shooting Tournament.

Florida Fishing Success

Two Florida residents helped take home Paralyzed Veterans of America fishing titles in their home state.

9-Ball Title

Results from the March 20–21 Charles “Chuck” Willis Memorial Wheelchair 9-Ball Championship.

Sooner Shootout

Results from the April 10–12 eighth annual Sooner Shootout Billiards Tournament.

Texas Shootout Champs

Results from the third annual Texas Shootout at City View Lanes in Fort Worth, Texas.

Character of Service

A veteran who suffered a disabling condition during his or her first enlistment but received a bad conduct discharge during a second tour may establish eligibility for medical care related to the condition incurred during the previous “honorable” period.

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