August 2015 Table of Contents


On Target

PVA’s shooting program provides members with recreation, competition and, most importantly, friends.

Making It Personal: 69th PVA Annual Convention

Paralyzed Veterans of America’s 69th Annual Convention shows Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald what the organization is about.

Understanding Usability

The National ADA Symposium helps people get a better understanding of the rules and that accessible doesn’t always mean usable.

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Caring For ALL

The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 was signed into law by President Barack Obama,however it's leaving out pre-9/11 caregivers.

“To Care For Him”

With the 2014 law that permits the dismissal of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) senior executive level employees who previously had significant protections, we’ve seen some significant changes at high management levels take place.

Driving Donation

Penske Truck Rental is once again stepping up to help support Paralyzed Veterans of America’s (PVA) Mission: ABLE campaign.

Memorial Day

PVA's president and deputy executive director laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day, 2015.

Double Benefit

A new Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) program will help PVA employees advance their careers while helping disabled veterans get quicker answers about claims and benefits.

ABLE Awards

Booz Allen Hamilton, Penske Truck Rental, ManTech International, The Jeffrey Carlton Charitable Foundation and retired Marine Corps Capt. Derek Herrera will each be honored by the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) during October’s 2015 Mission: ABLE Awards.


May’s eighth annual Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open at The Golf Club at Lansdowne in Lansdowne, Va.

Service Awards

Several Paralyzed Veterans of America National Service Officers (NSO) were honored with awards for their dedication and hard work during April’s Continuing Education Program for NSOs in Dallas.

The Cloister at Sea Island

A favored vacation destination for nearly a century, the South Carolina and Georgia low country boasts fantastic beaches, salt marshes and an abundance of wildlife.

Unclogging the Pipes

It’s not the most pleasant or easiest subject to write about, but bowel complications in people with spinal-cord injury or disease (SCI/D) are far too common and unfortunately, neurogenic bowel gets worse over time.

Return to Work

After more than 30 years of collecting and analyzing data, researchers at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta have identified the keys to returning to work after sustaining a spinal-cord injury (SCI).

Decreasing Depression

Researchers at the University of Washington have found a drug to help people with spinal-cord injury (SCI) who have major depressive disorder (MDD).

Cellular Therapy

An investigational new drug application from Q Therapeutics, Inc., to help treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) received approval for testing from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Suicide Prevention

In an effort to prevent suicide, a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study may have found a way to identify at-risk veterans thanks to a study with the National Institute of Mental Health.

Pumping Iron

Fitting an exercise routine into the life of a quadriplegic who needs the help of a caregiver for many daily activities can be difficult — this home exercise machine can help.

Sheridan Records Two Golds

Four Paralyzed Veterans Racing team members earned gold medals at the 2015 USA Paracycling Road Nationals over Memorial Day weekend.

Big Catches Help Hunt, Santiago

Angler Arthur Hunt (Harrisburg, Ill.) and boat partner Jay Ash (Grovetown, Ga.) not only won Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Mid-Atlantic Old Dominion Brawl open competition in late May, they also finished as the event’s Lunker Award winners.

Out of the Park

Fun times at the 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

The First Shot

Fun times at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

A Pair For Pilotte

John Pilotte was a double-winner at the June Colonial Paralyzed Veterans of America Shooting Tournament.

Mid-America Defends Its Turf

The Mid-America Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) defended its home course with an 11-point victory over North Central PVA, 1,163-1,152, in May’s Mid-America PVA Trapshoot Tournament in Sedgwick, Kan.

Wisconsin Squeaks Out Title

Wisconsin nabbed the mid-May Iowa Paralyzed Veterans of America shooting tournament, finishing with a 1,297 team total to defeat Minnesota (1,225) and North Central (1,217).

Travel Benefits

Discover who is eligible for the Beneficiary Travel program for travel reimbursement to the VA.

A Shared Recovery

I think real empathy is a powerful tool that many professional therapists can only attempt. However, those assigned to SCI wards can relate to us on a level outside therapists can’t reach.

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