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People of PN: Derrick Trentin

U.S. Army veteran Derrick Trentin competes in basketball during the 35th Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Dallas, Texas. Photo Christopher DiVirgilio By John Groth U.S. Army veteran continues legacy of military service It seemed like every year Derrick Trentin went in for his annual physical, doctors told him he should attend the National Veterans […]

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People of PN: Noah Carrier

Noah Carrier goes on the air with PVA president Al Kovach during the PVA Help-A-Hero Radiothon. Photo PVA. By Jeremy Diamond Oscar Mike founder shares his slow road to recovery It took Noah Currier all of six years to get out of his “funk.”  Six years after the traumatic accident that paralyzed him from the […]

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People of PN: Alex Benoit

US Marine veteran and PVA member Alex Benoit during the 2015 National Disabled Veteran Winter Sports Clinic. Photo by Christopher DiVirgilio By Brittany Ballenstedt The fight continues for US Marine veteran with multiple sclerosis Marine Corps veteran Alex Benoit spent four years on active duty before noticing that something with his body just wasn’t right. […]

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People of PN: Therapeutic Scuba Diving

Chris Kaag, paralyzed by a rare disorder, and his wife, Gretchen, get trained by instructor Bill Monsam. The condition of Kaag and others in a small study improved after just five days of scuba. (Courtesy of Cody Unser First Step Foundation) By Anna Medaris Miller / The Washington Post People with paralysis explore therapeutic effects […]

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People of PN: BASE Catapult

By Christopher Di Virgilio A Canadian BASE jumper pushes the envelope of extreme People of PN: 2013 A Look Back B.A.S.E Catapult Lonnie Bissonnette first made a splash onto mainstream social media sites in 2012 when he jumped from the nearly 900-foot New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia. While this may seem crazy to […]

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People of PN: Perseverance

By Devon O'Brien Fifty marathons. Fifty states. Fifty weeks People of PN: 2013 A Look Back Perseverance Perseverance. It’s getting up when you fall, it’s trudging on through exhaustion, it’s pushing with a flat tire, it’s one of Paul Erway’s standout traits. When a car accident led to a spinal-cord injury (SCI), Erway persevered, built […]

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People of PN: Surprising Retirement

By John Groth Top female wheelchair tennis player retires People of PN: 2013 A Look Back Surprising Retirement One of the most accomplished and heralded wheelchair athletes of all-time, Esther Vergeer unexpectedly announced her retirement Feb. 12 at 31 years old. Vergeer, a Netherlands native, had been the world’s top wheelchair tennis player since 1999. […]

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People of PN: Marilou Fowler

By Patrick McCallister It's estimated 54 million Americans provide unpaid care to an adult family member or friend. Marilou Fowler saw the man, and said, “I do.” In 1995, after a three-year courtship, she was married to paralyzed veteran David Fowler. The couple lives near Houston, and David is president of the Texas Chapter Paralyzed Veterans […]

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People of PN: Angela Madsen

Angela Madsen shows off her Paralympic medal and solo rowing boat during the 2013 Los Angeles Abilities Expo. Photo Christopher Di Virgilio / PN By Katrina Ilich / PVA Freelance writer Get to know PVA life member and US Marine veteran Angela Madsen Every so often, in some part of the world—in this case, Long […]

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