July 2015 Table of Contents


Something to Laugh About

Comedic duo Handicap This does more than make people laugh — the pair advocates for people with disabilities.

The Accessible U.S.

These seven cities offer great opportunities and ease of travel for wheelchair users, making your next trip exactly what it should be: a vacation.

Pressure Relief

New technology and treatment methods alter the future of pressure sores.

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Congressional Testimony

These committees need to consider what best serves veterans in Denver, Colorado and surrounding states, and not what best serves political interests.

A Broader Issue

The elimination of the VA would leave us with no place to go for the critical specialized care we need.

Budget Battles

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald let Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) members know something has to be done about the budget to ensure they can receive proper medical care now and in the future.

Secretary in San Diego

VA Secretary Robert McDonald spent time at this year's PVA Annual Convention.

Training Time

You can’t sit back and rest on your laurels when you’re considered some of the best-trained experts in complex claims and health care.

Applause for Act

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) applauds the April 22 introduction of the “Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2015” by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.).

Continuing Education

PVA NSOs attend the

Mobility Crossover

If you’re tired of having your wheelchair-accessible driving choices mainly limited to minivans, then you’ll be happy to know there’s a new option on the horizon.

Giddy Up!

Rehabilitation for spinal-cord injury or disease (SCI/D) is tough and isn’t necessarily an enjoyable experience, but a promising and not too well-known form of therapy is adding a little “giddy up” to things.


AT&T and New York University put on a contest to find the next best technology for people who have disabilities.

VA Updates

Change has been in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) spotlight since problems arose in 2014. Here are the most recent updates to its health care system.

Six Fingers

A wearable stylus is set to hit the market this summer.

Part of Me

As planning for the 2015 National Disability Employment Awareness Month begins, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy anounced the official theme for this October: “My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am.”

Double Dose

Two drugs already on the market may help treat multiple sclerosis (MS).

Potential ALS Drug

News about a new drug, a new delivery method, a new trial and a new approach to working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were the highlights of April’s Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association’s annual Drug Company Working Group meeting in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Meeting.

Midwest Leads The Way

Although the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Bluegrass Bass Bash didn’t have any Bluegrass state winners, they did have a handful of champs from the Midwest — including three from Illinois and one from Indiana.

Team USA Nets World Title

Another dominating sledge hockey perform-ance lifted Team USA to a major title.

20th Year for Land Meets Sea

Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures will mark its 20th Land Meets Sea Sports Camp next month. And you’re invited to register and participate.

Disability Claims

Filing a disability claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Understanding The Four P’s of Change: personal, private, practice and potential.

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