September 2017 Table of Contents


Filled with Invictus Spirit

Three Paralyzed Veterans of America members share how honored they are to be selected for this month's Invictus Games in Toronto.

Improving Knowledge and Lives

From research with Amazon Echo to a program on independent living, PVA Education Foundation grants look to help everyone with SCI/D.

Head-Turning Speed

Sam Schmidt and Mario Andretti compete in a first-of-its-kind semiautonomous motorcar race around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

PVA From the Top - A Human Touch

PVA has been striving for SCI awareness for more than 70 years, but the nation is reached on a wider scale when it is given the stamp of approval by the U.S. Senate.

Reasons and Remarks - Handicapped Parking

Now be honest, you’ve said to yourself, “Why in the heck are they parking there?!” I know I’ve said it. But you know what? Things are not always as they appear.

Health Smarts - Alzheimer’s Awareness

This month marks the sixth annual World Alzheimer’s Month, a campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma about a devastating disease that greatly impacts not just those who have it but their family and friends as well.

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People - Mike Merino

Richard “The Hammer” Lilien was hitting it extra hard at the gym earlier this year as he prepared for the competition of his life at May’s National Veterans Golden Age Games.

Exploring Our World - Romantic & Historic Regensburg

Located about 80 miles northeast of Munich, Regensburg has a history that spans 2,000 years.

And Finally - The Best of Us

Whenever I’m in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital and am aware of a World War II veteran patient, I always try to make sure to visit him or her and introduce myself to the spouse and family if they’re visiting.

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