Bill Lightner, Bill Jakovac, and Chris Fidler

Paralyzed Veterans: doing it for themselves and all veterans!

Keystone Paralyzed Veterans (left to right) Bill Lightner, Bill Jakovac, and Chris Fidler were in the Nation's Capital on 12 and 13 March to speak with members of Congress and their veterans' affairs staff specialists about issues of importance, not just to paralyzed veterans but to all vets. The focus was health care, and one of the issues was the delivery time of prosthetic devices, such as wheelchairs and artificial limbs. Paralyzed Veterans seek your help! A Prosthetics Delay Report Form is available to veterans who experience delays of more than 30 days. You may return the form by e-mail, fax or USPS to Sherman Gillums, Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 18th Street N.W., Washington DC 20006-3517. The form is also available for download by going to the "Forms and Publications" page--the button is on the right.

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You helped Keystone PVA win this Toyota Sienna Mobility van!

And we have used that van to serve paralyzed veterans, including their visits to members of Congress in March (see story above). Your vote pushed us WAY over the top! It is so gratifying to know that paralyzed veterans have so many helpful friends.

2012 Toyota Sienna Mobilty van
And now, here's the Toyota Sienna Mobility van! It was presented at Rohrich Toyota in Pittsburgh on 05 February. Rorhich Toyota General Manager Mark Podrosky welcomed members of Keystone PVA. His staff and Don and Ed Shelpman of Keystone Coach Works, which modified the van with the power ramp and other wheelchair-friendly accessories, were there to show us all of the controls and how to use them.

We also thank Tori Mistick of Social Media Marketing, who helped promote the event, and took the photos shown here.

Inside the Toyota Sienna



In the photo left, Don Shelpman showed guests from Keystone chapter how the auxiliary power to the ramp works. On behalf of Keystone Coach Works, Don and his brother Ed presented a generous cash donation to Keystone Chapter, which will help defray additional costs of getting the transportation program up and running.

We are now working with the spinal cord injury clinic at the Heinz division of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System to identify paralyzed vets who have a need for transportation for basic medical care. We are also surveying Keystone chapter members in Allegheny County, Pa., to assess transport needs. At the same time, we are seeking volunteer drivers who will be willing to donate a few hours of time per patient transport. Keystone Chapter will provide all training and assistance with clearances. Persons interested in volunteering should contact the office, 412-781-2474, and ask for Joe Dornbrock.

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DEADLINE for the next issue of The Parascope
The deadline for all submissions for the March-April 2014 issue of The Parascope is 15 February. Thanks to Bill and Jean Jakovac who tab and label the copies for mailing, to Jeanne Keenan, who maintains the mailing list and prints a fresh one prior to mailing, and to Diane Byrnes, who not only collects most of the routine reports and makes sure they are in electronically-editable condition, assembles the bulk mailing for the U.S. Postal Service--a complicated task!

Scroll down for the current and recent past electronic versions of The Parascope. The March-April edition is now available as a download. In order to speed your download, we have created these files in medium resolution. If you would like a high-resolution copy, please call the office--412-781-2474. Spot an error? We would like to know if you do.

Recent Keystone PVA publications are now available online. If you currently receive The Parascope by USPS (regular delivered mail) and would like to receive it electronically instead, please send us an e-mail or phone the office, 800-775-9323.

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The Keystone Chapter of the PVA receives the overwhelming majority of its support from contributions made by the general public. It is with these contributions we are able to continue our support for spinal cord injury research, advocacy for adequate health care and accessibility, and programs for the physically challenged.

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