December 2015 Table of Contents


Gifts Galore

From fun games to handy tools to great gadgets and more, these gift ideas make a wonderful present for anyone on your holiday list

Honoring Commitment

Paralyzed Veterans of America's Mission: ABLE Awards recognize the people, businesses and organizations that share a dedication to helping veterans with disabilities lead a full life.

The People, Places & Things

A celebration of accessibility, new technology, a long-term care center and honoring some amazing people helped make 2015 a special year

Getting Sporty in San Diego

San Diego was indeed "America's Finest City" when it came to housing several sporting events for injured and disabled veterans and military members in September

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PVA from the Top

The holiday spirit can be found in the darkest of hours

Sacrificing Wealth

Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die ~ Herbert Hoover

Research Update: Restoring Movement

A pioneering surgical technique has restored some hand and arm movement to patients with spinal-cord injuries (SCI) in the neck, reports a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Around the House: From the Ground Up

If you use a wheelchair, the floor surface you travel on is just as critical as the road is for an automobile

Veteran Advisor: Independent Living

The Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services provides eligible veterans with a wide range of vocational and educational counseling services designed to help an individual choose and train for a vocation.

And Finally: Christmas is Back

The spirit of Christmas

PVA Points: Denver VA Money

The long-troubled Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center in Denver, Colo., that includes a spinal-cord injury center is finally going to be completed.

PVA Points: VA Attitude Shift

VA is moving away from a circle-the-wagons mentality

PVA Points: UPS Support

The UPS Foundation is delivering more support to Paralyzed Veterans of America

PVA Points: Walk this Way

Department of Veterans Affairs secretary Robert McDonald visits with veterans at the VAMC in Tampa, Fla

Newsbeat: Exoskeleton Research Grants

Two new National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, totaling $500,209, could provide major dividends for researchers

Newsbeat: Senate Changes Disability Law

The Senate has corrected a major error for people with disabilities

Newsbeat: $100,000 Richer

Global Disability Inclusion has received a major grant to help the company's focus of disability employment

Newsbeat: Care Commission

Commission on Care that's tasked with making health care better within the Department of Veterans Affiars (VA) is expected

Sports & Rec: PVA Racing Mentors Youth

Paralyzed Veterans of America’s (PVA) Racing Team members spent a day helping and mentoring 
children and young adults with disabilities

Sports & Rec: Loyd, Rodenburg Lead Oregon

Bill Loyd and Le Rodenberg each finished with co-tournament high point totals

Sports & Rec: Fast Start, Mastel

Paralyzed Veterans of America North Central Trapshoot

Sports & Rec: Disc Golf

Wheelchair disc golf takes flight

Sports & Rec: Five Titles for Moleda

PVA Racing Team member completes fifth Ironman World Championship

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