October 2006 Table of Contents


Professional Polish

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month—and a good time to study up on career opportunities. This section provides information about programs for veterans with disabilities, expert advice on job interviews, and personal stories about getting ahead in the workplace.

Protect Your Health

November celebrates family caregivers and reminds them to safeguard their own well-being—their families will thank them.

Health & Fitness for Life

During its 60 years as a veterans' service organization, PVA has advocated the power of wheelchair sports and recreation as a way to maximize independence. The sky's the limit when it comes to opportunities for participation.

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PVA President's Message

We must work together to show how PVA can help its members and their families and, in many cases, all people with disabilities.

Reasons & Remarks

PVA's "causes" have not changed in its 60-year history, despite the divergent views of individuals within the organization.

Healing Options

Stem cells will play an ever-growing role in our efforts to restore function after spinal-cord injury.

Access Through Architecture

Laws on the books may demand it, but college planners are finding that it makes good sense to design classrooms and campuses for the changing needs of their students.

Living Well

Some good tips to keep you healthy during the flu season.

Travel Tips

Accessible four-bedroom, three-bath Rhode Island rental home is ideal for family vacation.

Veteran Advisor

Notify the VA Regional Office of an address change if you receive compensation or a disability pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sports and Recreation

North American Challenge Cup and Independence Cup held at Belmont Harbor in Chicago. Also, bowling and hunting/shooting news.


A USB flash drive that stores medical records, computer-control devices for the disabled, and a chair back that helps people transfer between chairs and cars.

Diagnosis MS

Exercise helps MS patients gain strength and makes daily activities less tiring.

People in the News

Disabled pair bike more than 3,000 miles across the U.S. to raise awareness and funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


Santa Ana (California) Kiwanis Club raises funds for an accessible sports court for kids who use wheelchairs.

And Finally...

Assistive technology is absolutely critical to living a full life with a spinal-cord injury and is largely misunderstood by the greater society.

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