Apr May 2012 - Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America


Apr May 2012 - Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America

Oregon Paralyzed Veteransof AmericaApril/May 2012

Oregon PVA members are eligible to receive $250 each year through the MemberRecreation Reimbursement Fund. It begins October 1st and runs through September 30theach year or until the funds have been depleted.Simply send in your receipts along with a one to two paragraph description of what youdid to have fun with your friends and family. We like pictures too, they may make it into theParalog . Receipts must be dated within the current fiscal year and received in the OregonPVA office located at 3700 Silverton Road NE Salem, OR 97305 no later than September30th; the last day of Oregon PVA’s fiscal year.Please contact the office at 503-362-7998 if you haveany questions or require additional information.1

April/May 20124 National Service Officer News5 President’s Message7 Vice President’s Message9 Government Relations News11 Community Outreach News15 Sports News17 Vocational News19 MS News21 Calendar of Events24 Membership ApplicationFeaturesLook for the Special Edition2012 Grassmasters ClassicComing soon!Follow us on Facebook!On The Cover: Faces of the OPVA2

OFFICERSJEFF DELEONPresidentWILLIAM “BILL” BLAKEVice PresidentDAVE PARKERSecretarySUE HOLTTreasurerRYAN GREENGovernment RelationsMARK KNECHTBulk Mail CoordinatorOffice MaintenanceMARCIE CEJABookkeeperTHE OREGON PVA TEAMSUSAN VOLLMERVA Work StudyWILL VOLLMERVolunteerBOARD MEMBERSJACK HOWELLRICH ELLIOTTWILLIAM “BILL” GRAYANGIE TUNNISSENJIM SIPPPROGRAMDIRECTORSSUSAN VOLLMERPublisher/PhotographerPARALOG PRODUCERSDAVE PARKERChief EditorOregon Paralyzed Veterans of America is committed to taking thoseactions necessary to improve the quality of life and to protect the rights ofspinal cord injured or neurologically impaired veterans through: veteransbenefits protection; advocacy; legislation; sports and recreation; hospitalliaison and spinal cord research.The views and opinions expressed in the Paralog are notnecessarily a direct representation of the views or ideas of the OregonParalyzed Veterans of America who hereby disclaims any responsibility foropinions expressed by contributors and printed in the Paralog.JACK HOWELLSports DirectorSTAN HARMONParking EnforcementRYAN GREENGovernment RelationsMIKE ROSENBALMHospital LiaisonNATIONAL DIRECTORPAUL DAHLKEOregon Paralyzed Veterans of America3700 Silverton Road NESalem, OR 973051-800-333-0782www.oregonpva.orgVancouver VAPrimary Care ContactPhone Numbers(360) 696-4061 ext. 31665(503) 220-8262 ext. 316651-800-949-1004 ext. 31665After Hours Number1-888-233-8305Portland VA ContactPhone Number503-273-5308Patient AdvocatesKatina Collins, TrishHafer, Kelly Williams3NationalServiceOfficerDo you need assistance withyour claims or benefits?Ken Fink1-800-795-3627Fax: 503-412-4763

National Service Officer NewsBY KENNETH FINK, PVA National Service Officer - Portland, ORMultiple Annual ClothingAllowancesI have received phone calls fromseveral PVA members who read aVeteran Advisor article in theFebruary 2012 PN Magazine PN(p.54-55) written about a recentamendment to the regulationsgoverning the Annual ClothingAllowance (ACA). The articledescribed the ACA as it existed indetail, but unfortunately left manyunanswered questions regardingthe amended regulation, due tolimited information available tothe author at the time of writing. Iencourage anyone who is notfamiliar with the ACA to read thePN article prior to continuing, asthe purpose of this article is toaddress the amendment.In the past, a veteran eligible forthe ACA could only receive oneallowance per year. The recentchange allows a veteran topotentially receive more than oneACA in a given year, but no morethan one for each qualifyingappliance or medication. Theamendment can be bestunderstood by breaking it downinto two scenarios which allowfor multiple ACAs:1. A veteran may be eligibleto receive an ACA for:Each qualifying prostheticor orthopedic appliance worn orused because of a serviceconnecteddisability or disabilitieswhich tends to wear out or tearseparate single articles of clothing- and -Each physician-prescribedmedication used for a skincondition that is caused by aservice-connected disabilitywhich irreparably damages asingle outer garmentOr put more simply: a single,separate ACA may be paid foreach qualifying appliance ormedication which wears tends towear out or irreparably damage asingle and separate article ofclothing.2. A veteran may be eligibleto receive more than one ACAfor:orthopedic appliancesmedications for more than oneskin condition - or -combination of anappliance and a medication for aservice-connected disability ordisabilitieswhen the appliance(s) ormedication(s) together irreparablydamage an outer garment,requiring replacement at anincreased rate than if the article ofclothing, or outer garment, wasaffected by a single qualifyingappliance or medication.Or put more simply: a secondACA may be paid when a second4appliance and/or medicationcauses the damage to the clothingor outer garment to take place ina shorter period of time than ifcause only by the first applianceand/or medication.Several specific details wereaddressed in the Federal Registerwhen this amendment was firstproposed, and published forcomment.More than one ACA maynot be paid based for a singlequalifying appliance ormedication. For example, onlyone ACA will be paid for the useof an Ankle-Foot Orthotic (AFO)that wears out shoes as well asslacks, or for a manualwheelchair which wears out pantsas well as shirts.number of ACAs payable for eachqualifying appliance ormedication if each appliance ormedication affects a separate anddistinct article of clothing.clothing refer to types ofgarments, such as shirts, ratherthan to individual garments, suchas a specific shirt.appliance” includes plastic-hingedprosthetics as well as metalhingedprosthetic devices andwheelchairs.Continued on page 19

President’s MessageFace of the OrganizationBy Jeff DeLeon PresidentToday I find myselfthinking about our manycommunity partners andsupporters and wondering howwell they know who the OregonParalyzed Veterans of Americaare. If there are some who do notknow the OPVA very well, I amgoing to try to fill them in.The Paralyzed Veterans ofAmerica was founded on the factthat catastrophically injuredveterans still had a purposeful lifeahead and many skills to offertheir respective communities. Theyear was 1947 and the times werefar different than most of us canremember. Do you recall a timewhen there were no curb cutouts?Or how about before the additionof a larger bathroom stall toaccommodate wheelchairs? Now,how many realize that most ofthese adaptations have come inthe past two decades? That’scorrect, it was only 22 years agothat the Americans withDisabilities Act was passed intolaw.That means that for fortyyears and some change theinitiators of this great organizationwere getting around in a tougherenvironment than I could everimagine. Do you know how theydid it? It was with the helpinghands of brothers in arms.Knowing that you had a fellowserviceman or woman there thatcould assist, or give you someadvice on what has worked forthem. To me this is the face of myorganization. The one that whenthe National anthem is heard theones that can rise, rise and thosewho cannot straighten their backsto the fullest possible extent.One of the key membereligible groups that I feel are notrecognized enough as faces of theOPVA are our Veterans withMultiple Sclerosis. It seems asthough every time someone fromthe chapter reaches out to aVeteran with MS we get the samedeer in the headlights stare withthe follow up comment of “but Iam not in a wheelchair”. Correctbut they are suffering from spinalcord disease which lands themsquarely on our map. So help usin reaching out to all spinal cordinjured or diseased veterans.Now let me inform you alittle about the benefits side ofwhat the PVA does for itsmembers. The PVA employsNational Service Officers who areexpertly trained in the benefitsthat SCI/D veterans are eligiblefor. Sometimes that is as easy asmedical benefits but usuallyinvolves the very difficult aspectof disability ratings andcompensation. PVA has to datesurpassed one billion dollars inretroactive benefits for itsmembers. This level of assistancecould not have been reachedwithout the help of each and everydonor. I say that because the PVAreceives no monetary gain forassisting Veterans in accessingtheir benefits.The fun side of the OPVAand reaching out to the SCI/Dcommunity is seated in Sports andRecreation. This is the part ofrehabilitation that is usually veryfun. The OPVA is always tryingto find a wide array of activitiesand programs to offer ourmembers. Here are a few.5

Wheelchair BasketballTrapshootingDeep Sea FishingPicnicAwards BanquetGolfBowlingNational VeteransWheelchair GamesThe best part about ourprograms is the involvement ofour communities. It may be thelocal School hosting ourbasketball tournament. The CoastGuard assisting to lift ourwheelchair bound Veterans ontothe boat for deep sea fishing. Orgetting the opportunity to play around of golf right alongside ourfriends, family, and heroes.Thank you, each and everyone for helping us achieve ourmission to advocate for andreintegrate in our communities,our nations protectors.If you would like to findout how you can assist us in ourwork contact the chapter at503-362-7998 or 800-333-0782 orvisit us on the web atwww.oregonpva.org and don’tforget to follow us onFACEBOOK.6

Vice President’s MessageThe History of TapsBY BILL BLAKE, Vice PresidentOf all the military bugle calls, none is so easilyrecognized or more apt to evoke emotion than the callTaps. The melody is both eloquent and haunting and thehistory of its origin is interesting and somewhat clouded incontroversy. In the British Army, a similar type callknown as Last Post has been sounded over soldiers’graves since 1885, but the use of Taps is unique to theUnited States military, since the call is sounded atfunerals, wreath-laying and memorial services.Taps began as a revision for the signal ofExtinguish Lights (Lights Out) at the end of the day. Upuntil the Civil War, the infantry call for Extinguish Lightswas the printed in Silas Casey’s (1801-1882) InfantryTactics and other manuals, the music which had beenborrowed from the French. The music for Taps wasadapted by Union General Daniel Butterfield for hisbrigade (Third Brigade, First Division, Fifth Army Corps,Army of the Potomac) in July, 1862.As the story goes, General Butterfield was notpleased with the call for Extinguish Lights, feeling that thecall was too formal to signal the days end, and with thehelp of the brigade bugler, Oliver Willcox Norton (1839-1920), wrote Taps to honor his men while in camp atHarrison’s Landing, Virginia, following the Seven Daysbattle. These battles took place during the PeninsularCampaign of 1862.The new call sounded that night in July, 1862,soon spread to other units of the Union Army and wasreportedly also used by the Confederates. Taps was madean official bugle call after the war.The new bugle signal (also known as“Butterfield’s Lullaby”) is called “Taps” in common usagebecause it is used for the same purpose as the three drumtaps. However the U.S. Army still called it ExtinguishLights and it did not officially change the name to Tapsuntil 1891.How did the call become associated with funerals?The earliest official reference to the mandatory use ofTaps at military funeral ceremonies is found in the U.S.Army Infantry Drill Regulations for 1891, although it haddoubtless been used unofficially long before that time,under its former designation Extinguish Lights.The first sounding of Taps at a military funeral iscommemorated in a stained glass window at The Chapelof the Centurion (The Old Post Chapel) at Fort Monroe,Virginia.Butterfield died in 1901. His tomb is the mostornate in the cemetery at West Point despite the fact thathe never attended. There is also a monument to Butterfieldin New York City near Grant’s Tomb. There is nothing oneither monument that mentions Taps or Butterfield’sassociation with the call. Taps was sounded at his funeral.The site where Taps was born is alsocommemorated by a monument located on the grounds ofBerkeley Plantation, Virginia. This monument to Tapswas erected by the Virginia American Legion anddedicated on July 4, 1969. The site is also rich in history,for the Harrisons of Berkeley Plantation includedBenjamin Harrison andWilliam Henry Harrison,both presidents of theUnited States as well asBenjamin Harrison (fatherand great grandfather offuture presidents), asigner of the Declarationof Independence.Source:www.tapsbugular.comPhoto by: Susan Vollmer7

MS - Special ReportBY SUE HOLT , TreasurerTherapeutic HumorStrengthens Emotional HealthSource: Spring 2011 issue of MS Focus. Article by StevenM. Sultanoff, Ph.D.Just as our physical immune system protects us fromtoxins in our environment, our “psychological immunesystem” protects us from the toxins generated frompsychological stressors we experience in the worldaround us. Research has shown that humor strengthensboth our physical and psychological immune systems; ithelps to sustain the psychological immune system byaltering how we feel, think, and behave.Cognitive BenefitsHumor helps break rigid thinking resulting in ourability to perceive the world more “realistically” andwithout distortions. Our emotional state is greatlyinfluenced by our perception of the events around us. Astressor is not inherently stressful. The intensity of stresswe experience is directly related to the way in which weperceive the stressor.Shakespeare stated, “Nothing is good or bad. It isthinking that makes it so.” Because one person’s view ofa particular stressor influences the impact of that stressor,a variety of people experiencing the same stressor mayhave vastly different reactions, depending on the meaningthey place on the stressor.For example, someone who feels excessive angeroften believes that the world must treat him “fairly,” andwhen it does not treat him so, he becomes angry. Humorhelps adjust this particular belief system by providing amore realistic perspective on an “unfair world.”Someone who experiences excessive anxiety oftenbelieves that she must perform well to be accepted orvalued. When an environmental stressor challenges herperformance, she experiences anxiety.Humor, again, can provide a clearer perspective,placing her “performance” in a healthier relation to thespecific environment so that the individual changes herthinking pattern from “I must perform to be okay” to “Iwould like to perform well, but I’m okay even when Idon’t do as well as I hoped.”Emotional BenefitsHumor not only relieves distressful feelings, but italso helps teach us that we have the ability to “manage”our emotional states. One can’t experience distressingemotions such as anger, anxiety, depression, guilt, orresentment and experience humor at the same time. Youmay have heard someone who is very angry say, “Don’tmake me laugh. I want to be angry.” You cannot maintaina high level of anger and laugh at the same time.When I asked one of my clients (who was very“dedicated” to her depression) what upset her about myhumorous interventions, she replied, “When you makeme laugh, I do not feel depressed.” My humormomentarily relieved some of her depression, which sheseemed committed to maintaining! Humor and distressfulemotions cannot occupy the sameemotional/psychological space.Since the experience of humor affects our emotions,we can learn to manage our emotional distress throughhumor. While humorous interventions may not removechronic depression, they can – for a few moments, at least– relieve emotional upset, teaching us experientially thatdepression and other distressing emotions can be lessenedor temporarily relieved when we experience humor.Understanding the Elements of HumorWe receive humor as a combination of wit (thecognitive experience), mirth (the emotional experience),9

and laughter (the physiological experience). While laughteris readily observed as a result of a humorous experience,wit and mirth are internal and not as obvious to others.However, a sense of humor is comprised of a combinationof these components. Just because someone does not laughdoes not mean that they lack a sense of humor. They maybe experiencing wit or mirth but not laughter.Wit occurs when we “appreciate” humor. It is theliking, understanding, and the “getting it” that weexperience as humorous. The health benefit of wit lies in itsability to help us break rigid mindsets that are commonamong those of us who experience a great deal of distresssuch as depression, anxiety, and anger. Wit helps us to seethe world with perspective and thus reduces the impact ofthe stressors around us. Exaggeration is an example of onetype of humor that helps break rigid thinking patterns andprovides perspective.Mirth is the emotional experience of humor consistingof joy, pleasure, or inner warmth that may occur.Distressing emotions and mirth cannot occupy the samepsychological space. As we experience mirth, our innerdistresses dissolve and a pleasant sunny spirit takes theirplace. We know this intuitively, as illustrated by peopleusing humor instinctively to reduce their anxiety or anger.And, finally, laughter is the physiological reaction tohumor. When we laugh we are activated, our musclescontract, our pulse rate and breathing increase, and webegin to lose muscle control.The good news is that we can reap all the therapeuticbenefits of humor by developing our “comic vision” – away of perceiving the world that allows us to be receptiveto the humor around and within us. (For suggestions onhow to do so, see the box on the next page.) Heightenedreceptivity to humor can stimulate our ability to beincreasingly interactive with, and even proactive toward,the world around us. In this way we increase our perceptionof humor – allowing it to help us manage our biochemical,cognitive, emotional, and behavioral states.As our comic vision expands, we are energized andrecharged; our desire and ability to choose activity overinactivity increases. We are more likely to greet andconnect with others. And we are more likely to livehealthier and happier lives as we maintain our physical andemotional resilience.The Fun-da-Mentals Jest for the Health of ItTo create a humorous lifestyle, we must develop our“comic vision.” Comic vision is the ability to see thehumor around us, and the ability to generate humor fromwithin. Increasing our comic vision begins with what wefind humorous and expanding our vision from there. Forexample, if your humor is to appreciate jokes, then learnone joke and tell it well. Later you can learn another and soon.Weave your WebThe internet is a great adventure in developing a comicvision. You can visit humor sites or join a humor mailinglist to receive humor daily.Make a Prop-positionProps are a fun way to add humor to your lifestyle.Carry a clown nose for a week and wear it at least once aday. I blow bubbles from my car while stopped at trafficlights. I also carry Groucho glasses and mental floss towear in the car.A Room “wit” a ViewHumor to share abounds around us. In a restaurantrecently I read a sign that said, “Children left unattendedwill be towed at the owner’s expense.” Read and share thehumor you discover.Play with your Mental BlocksYou may read signs and take meanings literally. Forexample, at a cashier at the end of a cafeteria line in LasVegas there was a sign that stated, “We only accept UStraveler’s checks.” I turned to the cashier and said, “I guessI will have to put everything back. I only have cash!” Thesign wasn't meant to be funny, but I read it literally and itbecame funny (at least to me). I then shared my humorwith the cashier.Commit yourselfStart by committing to doing one thing to increase yourcomic vision. Carry and use a prop, learn and share a joke,e-mail something funny, make fun of yourself, exaggerate,and so on. It is not what is humorous that is important;instead it is what is humorous to you that is significant.10

Sports News2012 GrassmastersA heavy dose of sun and all of ourfriends. That was what we were blessed withat the 2nd annual Grassmasters Classicpresented by Clinton Cox Construction andheld at Creekside Golf Course in Salem,Oregon.The event is a major fundraiser for theOregon Paralyzed Veterans of America and2012 did not disappoint. US Bank sent somevery key support by the way of 12 volunteerswho did a great job getting us all set up tostart the day.proper send off. Salem's very own MayorAnna Peterson led the group in the Pledge ofAllegiance followed by the shotgun start fromcourse pro, Dana Londin. The carts were ontheir way to their respective holes and wewere well underway.After a five hour day filled with greatrepresentatives passing out goodies at all theholes, it was time to wrap up with the closingbanquet. The Ceremony was hosted by DaveSweeney who graciously volunteered his timeto the organization. Good food and greatstories made their way around the room.By the time we were done withregistration the field had expanded to 90players representing 23 teams. Among themwere teams led by Miss Oregon 2011Caroline McGowan and Joey Harrington ofthe Harrington Family Foundation. The crowdwas eager to hit the links but first came aI belive the smiles on all the faces let us knowthat the day was a success, and it wouldnthave been possible without the support ofeach and everyone that participated. To all thesponsors, players, volunteers and hosts aproper military salute goes out to you in yoursupport of Oregons Veterans living withspinal cord injury or disease.11

Vocational NewsProgram ReportBy JOAN HASKINS M.A., CRC, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor,Paralyzed Veterans of America2012 National Veterans DayPoster and Essay ContestIt is with great pleasure that weannounce Paralyzed Veterans ofAmerica’s ninth annual NationalVeterans Day Poster and EssayContest. The theme for this year’scontest is:Show/tell a personal story abouta veteran who has made adifference in your life orhometownThe contest is open and all entriesmust be received by October 1,2012. This deadline will allow timefor the entries to be judged andwinners chosen to attendParalyzed Veterans of America’sVeterans Day celebrations inWashington, DC.This year the contest will consist ofa poster contest for 1 st – 4 thgraders and an essay contest for5 th – 8 th graders. The final winnerof the poster contest and theessay contest will receive an allexpensepaid trip for him/her andone family member toWashington, DC, to participate inParalyzed Veterans of America’sVeterans Day 2012 ceremonies.The winning results will befeatured in PN.This contest is a great way for kidsto learn about veterans and thesacrifices they have made by givingthem a creative outlet to expresstheir gratitude for the service ofothers. Please spread the wordabout our contest to your localschools, scouts, boys and girlsclubs, church groups, families,friends, and others whom youthink would be interested inparticipating.If you have any questions, pleasee-mail at evelynr@pva.org.Interview Skills: Some behaviorsmake a difference when it comes topositive interviews.Prepare Prepare PrepareSome confidence (even in the face ofthe unknown) will come with yourpreparation.Tune in to your habits (i.e. talking toloudly, too fast); decide what youwant to interject about yourself by theend of the interview. Make sure youassess your appearance well inadvance and how you want to beperceived. You have heard, youcannot make a first impressiontwice…make the first impressioncount! Your clothing should beindustry appropriate and clean,shoes polished, and your hair andfingernails clean.13Research the employer so youknow what the employer does andso you can confidently say howyou are an excellent fit for theposition you are applying for.If taking an in-person interviewthen be 15 minutes early (to giveyourself a chance to take a deepbreath, and check yourappearance). Bring extra copies ofyour resume, and remember youare “interviewing” the momentyou step into the office startingwith the receptionist. Useappropriate salutations andremember you never know if thereceptionist will carry weight withthe employer if asked for jobapplicant input.Veterans with Spinal Cord Injuryor Spinal Cord Disease whomay be receiving SSDI or SSIand wish to work might considercalling a Paralyzed Veterans ofAmerica Certified VocationalRehabilitation Counselor.Contact information:Joan Haskins, M.A.,CRCVocational Rehab CounselorOffice:562-826-8000 Ext: 4607Toll-Free:1-888-771-8387 Ext: 4607Email:joanh@pva.org

MS NewsConnectingWhat a great day for the 2012 SalemMS walk! We meet on the foggy morningof Saturday, April 21, OPVA Treasurer,Sue Holt, and her family set up the displaytable and it was a great location to be at.Jeff DeLeon was there with his family and afew extra friends as well.walking by. We also gave out a lot of the OPVAbracelets!The goal of the Salem MS event was toraise $32,000 and they were successful in raising$36,259.31! OPVA was number four under the“Event Participant” category with a donation of$1,034.00.The Salem MS Society provideddonuts, fruit, juice and water to folks whowere getting ready for the event. They evenhad a group stretching area, and small briefon stretching and warming up beforewalking. Bill Blake was also on hand andwas one of the main greeters for folksRight at 10:00 am everyone startedwalking and the course lead everyone throughdowntown Salem, and through Riverfront Park.Once the course was complete, Clam Chowdersoup was provided by McGrath’s Restaurant.Overall it was a well-organized event withseveral thousand participants. Hope we can seeyou next year for the 2012 Salem MS Walk!Visit us at FACEBOOK for more photoshttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Oregon-Paralyzed-Veterans-of-America-OPVA/18017278245815

Government Relations NewsAdvocacy & LegislationBY RYAN GREEN, Government Relations DirectorEvery year in the month of March the NationalPVA holds an Advocacy/Legislation Seminar.This year was my 8 th year attending the seminarin Washington, DC. Representatives fromalmost all PVA chapters were in attendance atthis seminar so it’s really a good time to learn,network, and advocate for the benefit of ourmembership. During the seminar we listen toseveral updates and presentations from NationalPVA’s Legislation and Advocacy staff. We alsoreview point papers and discuss the messagewe want to get across to our Oregon legislators.On the third day of the seminar we visited ourOregon Senators and Representatives offices onCapitol Hill to share the following issues:1) Protection of the VA Health Care System.The Issue- The Department of Veterans Affairs(VA) is the best health care provider forveterans. Providing primary care andspecialized health services is an integralcomponent of VA’s core mission andresponsibility to veterans. Over the years, VAhas earned a reputation as a leader in themedical field for its quality of care and innovationin both the health care and medical researchfields. However, even with VA’s advances as ahealth care provider, political leaders and policymakers continue to advocate for VA enrollmentrestrictions, use of vouchers, or increased feebasis care. Such changes to the VeteransHealth Administration (VHA) would result inmoving veterans from “veteran-specific” carewithin VA and into the private health careindustry. Ultimately, these proposals would leadto a decrease in the quality of veterans’ healthcare, diminution of VA health care services, andincreased health care costs in the federalbudget. PVA’s PositionThe Department of Veterans Affairs is thebest provider for veterans seeking health careservices because it provides a broad continuumof quality specialized services unique to theneeds of veterans.The Department of Veterans Affairs andCongress must reject any proposals advocatingvouchers for private care or the expansion offee basis care as such actions will increase thecosts of veterans’ health care, weaken VAhealth care services, and dilute the quality of“veteran-specific” care.Congress and the VA must ensure thatVA health care programs are protected from anyefforts to reduce spending as a result ofsequestration or other deficit and debt reductionsteps.2) Improve Travel Benefits for SeverelyDisabled Veterans. The Issue- Currently, theDepartment of Veterans Affairs (VA) does notprovide travel reimbursement forcatastrophically disabled non-service connectedveterans who are seeking inpatient medicalcare. Expanding VA’s beneficiary travel benefitto this population of severely disabled veteranswill lead to an increasing number ofcatastrophically disabled veterans receivingContinued on page 1916

Oregon PVA MembersCalendar of Events & BirthdaysApril 2012Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat1 2 3 4 5 6 78 9 10 11 12 13 1415 16 17 18 19 20 2122 23 24 25 26 27 2829 30Schedule of Events3rd:FREE Movie atNorthern LightsTheatre8th:Easter Sunday10th:FREE Movie atNorthern LightsTheatre17th:FREE Movie atNorthern LightsTheatre24th:FREE Movie atNorthern LightsTheatreApril 2012 BirthdaysLarry H. CharlesBrenda E. MarstersEdward J. SuhrMike L. NeherDarrel N. AckermanMichael E. GeogheganGeorge E. NordlingLoy L. HuskeySteven F. WillardRichard M. SaxtonRobert D. TalbotClinton A. BlackMichael D. ClarkKelly TadlockRaymond D. RobertsWesley D. SoukkalaDana G. StrasheimTimothy L. HagbergFrank G. SchindlerAngela D. TunnissenMichael H. WilliamsonRichard A. MontielRobert D. BrushChristopher WeatherbyRobert J. HanshawJonathan W. ClineDustin W. SimmonsDavid C. HustonRonald R. HeardBruce W. HenionRoger CooperWilliam H. TuckerRobert J. PhillipsWilliam S. CooperRick J. WilliamsJames E. KingMichael J. MullettMarkus W. White17

Oregon PVA MembersCalendar of Events & BirthdaysMay 2012Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat1 2 3 4 56 7 8 9 10 11 1213 14 15 16 17 18 1920 21 22 23 24 25 2627 28 29 30 31Schedule of Events7th:2nd Annual GrassMasters ClassicCharity GolfTournament8th:VE Day8th:FREE Movie atNorthern LightsTheatre13th:Mother’s Day15th:FREE Movie atNorthern LightsTheatre19th:Armed Forces Day22nd:FREE Movie atNorthern LightsTheatre28th:Memorial DayOffice Closed29th:FREE Movie atNorthern LightsTheatreMay 2012 BirthdaysDelilah A. SieglitzGeorge M. GratzerClifford O. MaxwellAlexander N. SmithThomas P. GearyAnne L. WyattDonald R. LinwoodCorwin L. WunnJohn A. CaldwellDonald HoffordJimmy D. FaulknerEdward A. CurtisWilliam C. RussoDale E. CollinsDouglas L. HostetlerLonnie D. MorganMelinda L. Cohen-HuntleyDonald L. LambertToby L. NewtonJohn L. SolomonsonSteve M. HubleyJames L. HansenMichael C. MinerSusan K. HruzaMichael C. McAlvageRobert V. Boughton18

Continued...National Service Officer Newsthat comes in contact with clothing, is not limited tomedications that are covered by clothing. It is onlyrequired that the medication used for a skin conditionirreparably damages an outer garment.This new rule applies to claims received or pendingbefore the VA on or after December 16, 2011. Forpractical purposes, this means it will only beapplicable beginning with the 2012 ACA which mustbe applied for prior to August 1, 2012. While nospecific guidance has been promulgated by the VA,it should be sufficient to apply for multipleallowances on a single VA Form 21-8678 byseparately noting both qualifying conditions inblock 5.While the changes to the rules seem prettystraightforward at first, I anticipate situations willcome up in which it may not be clear as to whetheror not eligibility for multiple ACAs exists. Whetherthis is the case, or you are confident you are eligiblemultiple ACAs, I encourage you to contact us at theService Office to assist you with your claim.Continued...Government Relations Newsquality comprehensive care, and result in longtermcost savings for the VA. PVA’s Position:PVA urges Congress to pass H.R. 3687and S. 1755, to amend title 38 U.S. Code,Section 111, to require that VA provide travelreimbursement for inpatient medical care toveterans who have incurred spinal cord injury ordisorder, vision impairment, or multipleamputations.Expanding VA’s beneficiary travel benefitto catastrophically disabled, non-serviceconnected veterans will lead to an increasingnumber of disabled veterans receiving qualitycomprehensive care, as well as result in longtermcost savings for the VA.ADA Update- The Justice Departmentannounces that the 2010 ADA Standards forAccessible Design went into effect March 15 th ,2012. On July 26, 2010, the 20 th anniversary ofthe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),President Obama announced newly revised ADAregulations. These regulations reflect thefundamental principle that all Americans withdisabilities should have equal access and anequal right to participate fully in our society.“People with disabilities should have theopportunity to participate in American society asfully and equally as those without disabilities,”said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant AttorneyGeneral for the Civil Rights Division. “Thedepartment encourages businesses andgovernments around the country to help breakdown barriers for people with disabilities so thatwe give every individual access to equalopportunity and equal justice.”These standards were adopted as part of therevised regulations for Title II and Title III of theAmericans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)and will make buildings and facilities accessibleto more than 54 million Americans withdisabilities. The standards can be found atwww.ada.gov/2010ADAstandards_index.htm.19

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