September 2015 Table of Contents


Forward Motion

Recent advancements in spinal-cord injury research have made big news headlines, but are the outcomes of these studies overhyped?

Reigning Them In

Dallas makes sure the 35th Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games give athletes a bonding experience.

Know Your Rights

Veterans in the Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System have rights when a hospital wants to discharge them to a nursing home instead of a spinal-cord injury center.

A Foundation for Education

Fly fishing training, a program for parents and a neural regeneration symposium are among this year’s grant recipients from the PVA Education Foundation.

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Paying the Costs

When Congress needed our soldiers to fight wars, no time or expense was ever an obstacle. But when veterans came home requiring care after fighting those wars, Congress balked.

A Tragic Abuse

If anyone should be protected by the liberties our framers guaranteed us, it is those who gave their lives for them and those who have been willing to fight for them.

Prosthetics Training

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) helped 20 prosthetics purchasing agents at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) get a better understanding of who it is they’re helping.

Help for Employers

Building stronger relationships with employers interested in hiring military veterans is the goal of a new test initiative with Paralyzed Veterans of America’s (PVA) Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans’ Employment).

Set Sail

Cruise ship giant Royal Caribbean is getting help from Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) to improve the sailing experience aboard its ships for people with disabilities.

Fair Housing

Calling it an “important step,” Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is applauding the new fair housing regulation announced in July by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Off the Vegas Strip

Whether it’s a taste of “Old Vegas,” experiencing the beautiful Desert Southwest or exploring a modern wonder, there’s so much more to see and do than the same old, same old in Las Vegas.

Better Boards

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Cal-Diego President Duane Norman started a company to make a better transfer board.

Music Hath Charms

Research has found that music can be a healthy way to deal with stress.

Printing Parts

3-D printing is on the way to making adaptive sporting equipment more affordable.

Chun in Charge

Sophia Chun, MD, is the new executive director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI/D) System of Care.

Mobile Partnership

National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) and HelpHOPELive are pairing up to help more people gain access to modified vehicles and adaptive equipment.

ADA Update

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a new rule stating that public transportation entities providing fixed route, demand-responsive, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit services must make reasonable modifications/accommodations for people with disabilities.

Best of the Best

The results of the first Disability Equality Index survey are in.

Electric Emergency

Just in time for National Preparedness Month, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has released an online tool to aid community health agencies and emergency management officials in disaster preparedness to plan for the needs of people who rely on electrically powered medical and assistive equipment in the event of an emergency.

Dwelling Discrimination

A study published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Urban Institute found people who use wheelchairs experience discrimination in terms of the number of homes they are informed about.

Roy Cleans Up

Walt Roy cleaned up in June’s 54th annual American Wheelchair Bowling Association (AWBA)National Championship.

Adaptive Sailing

If you’ve never given thought to adaptive sailing, a nonprofit group of sailors with disabilities and volunteers in San Diego are making it possible for individuals with disabilities to sail an adaptive boat.

PVA Announces REVolution

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) has a new program to help support its mission: REVolution — Racing to Empower Veterans.

Helping The NSO

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) represents more than 18,000 veterans with spinal-cord injury or disease (SCI/D) and PVA National Service Officers (NSO) are there to make sure each of them get the care and benefits he or she deserves.

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