We would like to thank the following donors for their
Al Kovach In Memory of Dr. Alison
Calendar of Events Daniel Cravens
Calder by Thomas Asher
Mission Valley Post 3787
Dana Point Fishing Trip Ross & Sue Ehrhardt V.F.W.
Thursday 22 June, 10am - 3pm Laurel Moorhead American Legion J. B.
American Wheelchair Clark Post 149
Cal-Diego Trapshoot Veterans Association Women Moto
9 July Challenged Athletes American Legion Auxiliary
Foundation Sons of the American
National Convention Bill Miller Legion J.B. Clark Squardon
27 August - 2 September Robert Lewis 149
William Morris American Legion Riders
Thomas Mooney VFW 2275
Combined Federal Campaign Contributions
Remember Cal-Diego PVA when you are
making your Combined Federal Campaign
contributions this year.
SAN DIEGO business resources
COMMERCE events & net working
Good for Business. Good for San Diego.
Cal-Diego Paralyzed Veterans Association Nonprofit
3350 La Jolla Village Dr. #1A-118 Organization
San Diego, CA 92161 U.S. Postage
Address Service Requested
San Diego, CA
Cal-Diego Paralyzed Veterans Association • June 2006
The mission of Cal-Diego
Paralyzed Veterans ssociation
is to improve the quality of
life for veterans of the Armed
Forces and others who have
experienced spinal cord
injuries or disease.
Table of Contents| June 2006
Upcoming Board Meetings
In this issue July 13
3 President’s Message
4 Executive Director’s Message
5 Government Relations DAV (donation pickups)
6 NSO’s report
VA Healthcare System
8 Reflections • 858.552.8585
Paul W. Danielsen, Attorney
12 No business like snow business
13 Winter Sports Clinic Wheelchair Repair pair
Cal-Diego PVA Chapter Office
16 PVA News A Member Chapter Of The Paralyzed
Veterans Of America
3350 La Jolla Village Dr. #1A-118
PVA Service Office San Diego, CA 92161
VA Regional Center (800) 423-2778 • (858) 450-1443
8810 Rio San Diego Drive, Ste. 1121 (858) 552-8585 ext. 7601
San Diego, CA 92108 FAX: (858) 450-1852
(619) 400-5320 • (800) 795-3586 • FAX: (619) 400-0072
Service Officer - Sherman Gillums e-mail: email@example.com
Service Officer - Amanda McGrath www.caldiegopva.org
Secretary - Cindi Kourbelas
The Cal-Diego Board of Directors
Cal-Diego Officers meet monthly. Minutes of the last
Hospital Liason Cal Diego Office Staff meeting are available in the Cal-
Al Kovach Executive Director Diego PVA office. All Cal-Diego
Kelly Price Noble PVA members are invited to attend.
Vice President Membership & Please feel free to contact us to
Bill Palmer Volunteers Government Relations inquire about the next meeting date.
Bill Palmer Director
Sports & Recreation Wayne Landon
Paul Herman Administrative VASDHS Medical Center
Marie Munoz The views and opinions expressed in
Board of Directors the “Beachcomber” are not necessari-
Johnny Sandoval Newsletter & Web ly a direct representation of the
Appointments Editor views or ideals of Cal-Diego PVA.
National Director Jim Russell
Richard Johnson Kris Crousore We hereby disclaim any responsibili-
Mark Cordova ty for opinions expressed herein.
Finance Joe Fox
Cal-Diego PVA June 2006
SCI Education Series SAVING SECTION 811
Classes are open to the SCI/D community.
Classes are held in the VA San Diego HS SCI The Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 budget proposes to slash
Center Patient Dining Room from12:30-1:15pm. funding for one of the most essential and cost effective housing develop-
ment programs ever administered by HUD — the Section 811
Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program. In a virtual
Tuesday, June 6, 2006 repeat of its failed FY 2006 budget proposal, HUD’s 2007 budget
Preventing Pressure Ulcers, Part I attempts to cut the Section 811 budget 50 percent — from $236.5 mil-
Michelle Surwillo, PT lion to a proposed $118 million.
Friday, June 9, 2006 For the second year in a row, the Administration’s budget request drasti-
Preventing Pressure Ulcers, Part II cally cuts the production of a new Section 811 supportive housing units.
Fatima Harkous, BSN, RN Last year, HUD proposed to completely eliminate all new Section 811
production. For FY 2007 , HUD is proposing to fund only 150 new
Section 811 units compared to the 927 units funded in 2006 and the
Tuesday, June 13, 2006 1,000+ units funded in 2005. It is clear that the Administration wants to
Safety in the Home and Community Charisse eliminate the development of new units of permanent supportive hous-
Caniff, PTA ing for people with the most severe disabilities.
Friday, June 16, 2006 In addition to funding a mere 150 new units, the $118.8 million
Sexuality and SCI requested for FY 2007 would only fund expiring 5-year contracts for
existing tenant-based vouchers and project-based subsidies, and perhaps
Tuesday, June 20, 2006 fund a few hundred new tenant-based vouchers.
Benefits for the SCI Veteran For more than 40 years, the Section 811 program (and its precursor, the
Section 202 Supportive housing for Persons with Disabilities) has pro-
Friday, June 23, 2006 duced high quality community based housing for the most vulnerable
Getting Back to Work people with disabilities. The Section 811 program is the only HUD pro-
gram that produces affordable and accessible permanent housing with
Tuesday, June 27, 2006 supports for extremely low0income people with severe disabilities. For
Recreation and Sports this reason, Section 811 has been a core component of community inte-
gration strategies for people living in restrictive settisn such as institu-
Friday, June 30, 2006 tions and nursing homes and for people with disabilities who can no
Taking Charge of Your Life longer live at home with aging parents.
As we did successfully last year, the disability community must fight
Tuesday, July 4, 2006 these Section 811 cuts as the FY 2007 HUD budget is debated and
No class due to Independence Day Holiday adopted by Members of Congress. In 2005, thanks to the hard work of
thousands of advocates, HUD’s attempts to end the Section 811 pro-
Friday, July 7, 2006 gram failed and Congress provided level funding for this important pro-
Pain Management in SCI gram. HUD’s effort will fail again this year but only if you act now! To
learn how you can help Save Section 811, visit www.tacinc.org and click
Tuesday, July 11, 2006 on Housing and Homelessness.We need your help NOW
Friday, July 14, 2006 Please call us for a ride.
No Class On The Road!!! Contact Lee Fouts at:
Contact SCI Center at
for future class schedules
Cal-Diego PVA June 2006 President’s Message
Quality of care declines
as SCI/D nurses lose incentive pay
By: Al Kovach
PVA (National) conducted their annual site visit on April 19th SCI/D patient care is consistently demanding and histori-
and 20th. The purpose of this visit was to explore all concerns cally underappreciated. Due to the high cost of living in
presented by Cal-Diego to ensure a high quality of care for our the communities surrounding the hospital in La Jolla,
patients. During the interview with SCI Center and VASDHS nurses live 50-60 miles from the SCI/D Center and at
staff, PVA was informed that the registered nurses specializing $3.50 per gallon of gas…the incentive pay barely suffices.
in SCI/D would lose their recruitment and retention pay. This Morale is already on the decline. Six SCI/D nurses have
additional pay serves as an incentive for specially trained nurses, already announced their intent to leave the SCI/D Center
who are not recognized with specialty pay to seek assignment and three additional nurses have decided to leave VAS-
in the highly skilled field of SCI/D. PVA and Cal-Diego DHS all together. If 6-9 nurses leave the SCI/D Center
immediately took a stand in support of the nurses and have there will be needs for a reduction in the patient census.
been working closely with VASDHS to reinstate the SCI/D This will create a list of SCI/D patients waiting in
recruitment and retention pay. Phoenix, Tucson, and Prescott for their annual examina-
tions. The loss of this recruitment and retention pay will
During the 2003 PVA site visit, Cal-Diego expressed concern have a direct impact on the quality of care for all patients
about the immediate need for specially trained SCI/D nurses. that use the SCI/D Center in San Diego.
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs noted that experienced nurses
were not applying for advertised positions. New graduates As our healthcare regresses to the levels of 2003, please
from nursing schools usually sought jobs in critical care units take note that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs determines
rather than the SCI/D Center which offered positions with specialty pay for SCI/D nurses however the Director of
lower pay. Younger nurses would invest their time down in the the local medical facility determines recruitment and
SCI/D Center to gain experience but would depart for higher retention pay. PVA and Cal-Diego are working together
paying positions elsewhere in VASDHS. The Secretary also to resolve this critical issue concerning your healthcare
stated that nurses were floated from the main hospital to meet here at VASDHS.
the needs of the patients in the SCI/D Center but were not
qualified to perform certain tasks reserved for specially trained
As a response to the crisis, this hospital offered, but did not
implement, recruitment and retention pay. Included in the site
visit report, PVA made the recommendation to the Secretary
of Veterans Affairs that the additional pay be immediately
implemented along with a 12 hour work schedule.
By 2005, the recruitment and retention pay was implemented
and SCI/D nurse staffing was in 100% compliance identified
in VHA handbook 1176.1.
In 2006 all nurses at VASDHS received an 11.5% increase in
salary, however SCI/D nurses lost their 5% recruitment and
retention pay, thus eliminating any incentive for nurses to
work at the SCI/D Center.
Currently, the SCI/D Center’s quality of care is excellent. Cal-Diego PVA President
SCI/D patients are complimentary of the medical and nursing
staff, and the SCI/D Center is making money for the hospital.
So why fix something that’s not broken? Membership totals:
Service Connected 285
VASDHS states that the additional pay is no longer necessary Non Service Connected 223
because the SCI/D Center has enough nurses and their salary
is already competitive. Total Voting Members 508
Cal-Diego PVA June 2006 Executive Director’s Message
A Busy Spring
By Kelly Price Noble
be a Cal-Diego PVA member, sponsored by a Cal-
ational PVA’s Site Visit team paid the VA a visit this
past April. Essentially, the team is a quality assur- Diego PVA member, an individual with and spinal
ance group for our members and patients, visiting cord injury or disease, or a dependent of a person with
the VA’s SCI Center. It looks for things that are going well a spinal cord injury or disease.
and things for which, we as a Chapter feel there is a concern.
The next few months will prove to be somewhat quiet
I know Al has already mentioned the Site Visit in more depth
as we gear up for the National Convention. We are
in his President’s Report, but I just wanted to say on behalf
very excited to host this grand event.
of Cal-Diego PVA, “Thank you to our SCI Nurses. You are
very special people who often are not thanked for the won-
derful job you perform. Hear! Hear!”
The Seismic Project has taken its toll on many people.
Please be patient. More changes are about to take place. On
or about 9 June, the front entrance to the VA Hospital will
be closed. This means to everyone. The front entrance will
now be the SCI Atrium. Secure Transportation has already
placed a station at the circle, a VA Information Booth will be
built and placed in the Atrium to help move hospital traffic
and Security will eventually have a desk, too. Please take
great care when moving about the circle. Many people are
not used to the normal flow of traffic here in the SCI Center,
so be careful. We have asked the VA to increase security to
I would like to extend a very special thank you to all of
Reflections VII’s artists, donors, Sam Bass, Pamplemousse
Grill, Café Japengo, San Diego Catering Concepts, and Kelly Price Noble
Classic Wine of California: A Division of Bronco Wine Co., Executive Director
Forest Glen Winery for supporting this annual event. The
event, however, could not have taken place without the guid-
ance of Featured Artist and Cal-Diego PVA member and
Event Chair Philip “Moki” Martin. His sense of detail and
humor has made this event what it is today. Personal thanks
must go out to Kim Martini. Though her title in the office
is Administrative Assistant, she is far more than that. Each
year, Kim organizes the artists and their pieces with seamless
effort. Her commitment to Reflection’s and her dedication
Cal-Diego PVA’s Scholarship Program will close 23 June
2006. For more information, please call the office or visit
the website. Applicants must demonstrate a minimum of a
3.0 average and be accepted or enrolled as fulltime students
in a degree program at an accredited college or university, in
the United States or Abroad. Additionally, applicants must
PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: David J. Uchic
April 13, 2006 (202) 416-7667
(202) 368-7633 (cell)
VA Reports Records of 26.5 Million Veterans Stolen
Washington, DC — On Monday, May 22, 2006, the PVA will work with the VA as well as Congress to ensure
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported that records of that proper protections are put in place to ensure that
more than 26.5 million veterans were stolen from an employ- this type of incident does not occur again.
ee’s home. A VA employee had taken home an electronic data
Founded in 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA),
file that contained veterans’ names, birth dates, and social
is the only congressionally charteredveterans service
security numbers as well as some spousal information and
organization dedicated solely for the benefit and represen-
some disability ratings. The burglary reportedly occurred on
tation of individuals with spinal cord injury or disease.
May 3, 2006. The VA employee has been placed on adminis-
PVA is a dynamic, broad-based organization with more
trative leave pending the outcome of investigations by the
than 21,000 members in all 50 states, the District of
FBI and local law enforcement officials.
Columbia and Puerto Rico. To learn more about PVA,
PVA President Randy L. Pleva, Sr. expressed concern for visit its Web site at www.pva.org.
these recent events. “I find it deeply troubling that the VA
has allowed the personal information of so many millions of
veterans to be compromised,” stated Pleva. “Even more trou-
bling is the fact that the VA did not notify the public about
this incident until nearly three weeks after the information
The VA has reported that no electronic health records or
financial information was taken. The VA intends to send out
notification letters to all veterans affected. Veterans can also
go to www.firstgov.gov as well as www.va.gov/opa to get more
information on this matter. Additionally, the VA has estab-
lished a manned call center that veterans may call to get
information about this situation and learn more about con-
sumer identity protections. That tollfree number is 1-800-
FED-INFO (333-4636). The call center will be open begin-
ning today, and will operate from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (EDT),
Monday-Saturday as long as it is needed.
“PVA hopes that the VA holds all individuals involved in this
matter properly accountable for their actions,” Pleva empha-
sized. “Simply placing this individual on administrative leave
for jeopardizing the lives of so many veterans is wholly unac-
60th Annual Convention in San Diego
Cal-Diego Paralyzed Veterans Association is
hosting this year’s Annual Convention. We are
looking for PVA members who served on The
Midway. If you or anyone you know did serve, please
contact this office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cal-Diego PVA June 2006 Executive Directors Message
VA FY 2007 Appropriations
By: Wayne Landon
espite the inability of the House to pass its FY Legislation to Repeal Prohibition on Lawyers
2007 Budget Resolution, the House Appropriations
Committee completed part of its FY 2007 The legislation (S.2694-the Veterans' Choice of
appropriations bills. Representation Act of 2006), if enacted, would repeal restric-
tions that prevent the nation's 24 million living veterans from
The House Appropriations Military Quality of Life and being prohibited from hiring a lawyer to help them navigate
Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee approved the FY 2007 appro- the Veterans Affairs system. Currently, it is only after a veteran
priations bill that will fund the Department of Veterans has spent months and even years exhausting the extensive VA
Affairs (VA). The details on the legislation that have been administrative process that the veteran then may retain coun-
released are only a summary of the bill states that the VA sel - a process that often takes three or more years to com-
health care system will receive $25.4 billion for Medical plete. Under the current appeals system, about 85 percent
Services. This is approximately $600 million less than the of veterans choose to be represented by Veterans' Service
recommendations of The Independent Budget and $100 mil- Organizations or state veterans agency personnel.
lion less than what the President recommended earlier this
year. The $100 million was shifted by the subcommittee from
Medical Services to the Medical Administration account.
Thankfully, in a large part do to the work service groups such
as Cal-Diego, the appropriations bill does not include the
proposed $250 enrollment fee or increase to $15 in prescrip-
tion drug co-payments recommended by the Administration.
The President’s Budget Request projected that these proposals
would generate $795 million and force as many as 200,000
veterans to leave the system. Fortunately, Congress has cho-
sen to reject these proposals once again this year.
The bill also increases funding for Medical and Prosthetic
Research to $412 million, an increase of $13 million over the
Administration’s request, but $48 million less than the
Independent Budget recommendation. Research is a vital
part of veterans’ health care and an essential mission for our
national health care system. VA research has been grossly Wayne Landon
under funded in comparison to the growth rate of other feder-
al research initiatives.
Government Relations Director
The VA now has to compete with Department of Defense
(DOD) programs contained in the same bill. The bill
includes funding for military construction and DOD health
care. The allocation for all of the programs that the subcom-
mittee oversees was actually $800 million less than the
President’s Budget Request.
Program to Make Disabled Veterans' Homes Accessible
The International Code Council Foundation (ICCF) has launched
its Project H.E.R.O. (Homes Eliminated of Restrictions and
Obstacles) Program. The program brings together building offi-
cials, architects, engineers, businesses and other volunteers to help
make the homes of veterans with disabilities more accessible. The
Foundation is teaming with the American Institute of Architects,
the American Institute of Building Designers, the Disabled
American Veterans, the Paralyzed Veterans of America and other
organizations on Project H.E.R.O. to assist disabled veterans.
National Service Officer’s Message
Working through the Federal Entitlement Maze:
Understanding Your Benefits
By: By Sherman Gillums, Jr. PVA National Service Officer
countable income for purposes of increasing pension benefits. To
A s a veteran with a disability, there is a good chance that
you rate a combination of VA Compensation, Pension,
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security
Disability Insurance (SSDI) entitlements. Understanding the var-
ious programs and how they affect each other can be overwhelm-
be deducted from income, un-reimbursed medical expenses must
exceed 5% of the VA Maximum Annual Pension Rate. The annual
total of UMEs should be the same year to year to avoid pension
reductions due to overpayments. Since VA Pension benefits are
ing to many, especially when the danger of overpayment, reduc- affected by income, it is this benefit where the potential for over-
tion of benefits and changes in entitlement must be heeded. In payment lies.
the following, we will discuss each program and how they inter-
relate. VA Compensation/Pension & Supplemental
Security Income (SSI)
VA Compensation & Social Security Disability Insurance Supplemental Security Income is based on need and is affected by
(SSDI) other sources of income. Generally, the more income you have, the
A veteran receives VA Compensation for a service-connected dis- less your SSI benefit will be. The SSI Federal Benefit limits are
ability and will be entitled to receive Social Security Disability $603 for an individual and $904 for a married couple. For exam-
Insurance if that veteran earned enough work credits to qualify, ple, a single veteran who is rated at 30% disability receives $337
the number of which changes each year. In 2005, a veteran and will get an additional $266 in SSI for a maximum monthly
earned one credit for each $920 of wages or self-employment income of $603. Since VA benefits are considered unearned
income. Once he or she earned $3,680, a yearly maximum of income (any income you receive other than wages or earnings
four credits were earned for the year. Generally, a veteran needs from self–employment), if your VA Pension is over the SSI Federal
40 credits, 20 of which earned in the last 10 years ending with Benefit limit, you cannot receive SSI benefits. In order to qualify
the year of disability. That said, younger disabled veterans may for SSI, a veteran must be disabled or 65 and over, and have
qualify with fewer credits. $2000 or less in countable resources if single or $3000 or less if
married (not including home, and in some cases car, insurance, or
Neither VA compensation nor SSDI is based on income since personal property). Earned income, or wages, reduces SSI one dol-
recipients are paid to compensate for a loss. The amount of VA lar for every two dollars earned; unearned income such as VA
Compensation paid can vary depending on the disability rating Pension and SSDI reduces SSI one dollar for every dollar of
which can be between 0% and 100%, while SSDI requires total unearned income; and in-kind income, like free money for food,
disability. Recipients should be aware that VA Compensation and shelter and clothing, reduces SSI by one-third. Additionally, some
SSDI can be received simultaneously with any possibility of over- of your income may not even count as income, such as the first
payment. $20 of most income or first $65 of earnings received in a month,
food stamps, income tax refunds, grants, scholarships, fellowships
Being that a claimant must have paid into social security for at or gifts used for tuition and educational expenses, etc. Finally,
least 5 years or earned enough credits before drawing the SSDI since the SSI benefit is affected by income, care must be taken to
benefit, spouses who also function as a veteran’s caregiver should avoid overpayment of SSI.
consider paying into the social security system as a “paid atten-
dant” so that the care giving spouse will be entitled to SSDI in Continued on Page 15...
the event that the spouse becomes disabled.
VA Pension & SSDI
A wartime-period veteran will be entitled to VA Pension for a
non-service connected total disability not due to willful miscon-
duct or after reaching age 65, and cannot work in either case.
The same work-credits criteria for SSDI applies to veterans
receiving pension, except in this case that same veteran’s SSDI
based on work credits earned (a minimum of 20 needed to quali-
fy) will affect his or her pension payments. For example, a veter-
an receiving VA Pension with a spouse and in receipt of Aid and
Attendant can only make $1743 a month, which can consist of
an SSDI payment of $1000 and a pension payment of $743.
While many will agree that even a family of two will find it very
difficult to live off of $1743, especially in San Diego, SSDI can Sherman Gillums, Jr.
be offset by un-reimbursed medical expenses (UMEs), such as PVA National Service Officer
monies paid for medicine, attendant care, mileage to medical
appointments, etc. Medical expenses may be used to reduce other
Cal-Diego PVA June 2006
Working through the Federal Entitlement Maze (continued from page 6)
A Few Words on Healthcare
Depending on which federal benefits a veteran receives, there are a number of healthcare options available. Veterans receiv-
ing VA Compensation or Pension are entitled to healthcare at any VA medical facility. For those who get SSDI, they are
entitled to federal health insurance, called Medicare, after 24 months of receiving the benefit. Finally, those veterans who
receive at least $1 of SSI can also receive state Medicaid, which provides basic health insurance with no co-payments or
deductibles. Low-income Medicare recipients may qualify to also receive Medicaid benefits. For veterans who are eligible
for full Medicaid coverage, the Medicare health care coverage is supplemented by services that are available under their
state's Medicaid program.
And Now You Know
The bottom line is that recipients of VA benefits should exercise care to prevent overpayments by accurately reporting their
amount of or changes in their VA entitlements when applying for or receiving social security benefits. The Computer
Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 allows federal agencies, like the VA and Social Security Administration, the
ability to cross reference the application and receipt of federal benefits; which is often times the reason that changes in enti-
tlement can lead to delayed but eventual changes in benefits received. If you are a veteran who relies on every dollar
received in benefits, it would behoove you to closely note how any financial changes, no matter how slight, might impact
what you receive every month. For more information, call the VA at 1-800-827-1000 or log onto the Department of
Veterans Affairs Homepage at http://www.va.gov; and the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or log onto
Social Security Online at http://www.ssa.gov.
Cal-Diego PVA June 2006 April 06 Trapshoot
1. Please rate each of these Cal-Diego PVA programs in order of importance to you. One being the most important.
a. Liaison/Service 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
b. Transportation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
c. Research & Education 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
d. Sports & Recreation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
e. Veteran Benefits 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
f. Advocacy & Legislation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
g. Administration 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
h. Communications 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
i. Fundraising 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
j. Membership 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2. Have you ever participated in any of the programs or fundraisers?
b. Ride, Strive & Roll
c. Reflections Art Show
d. Rolling & Bowling for Dollar$
e. Deep Sea Fishing
f. PVA Awareness Week
g. Operation Desert Fun
h. Candy/Bake Sales
3. Would you be interested in participating or volunteering for any of these programs?
b. Ride, Strive & Roll
c. Reflections Art Show
d. Rolling & Bowling for Dollar$
e. Deep Sea Fishing
f. PVA Awareness Week
g. Operation Desert Fun
h. Candy/Bake Sales
4. Do you own a computer? Yes No
5. Do you have internet access? Yes No
6. Do you have an e-mail address? Is yes, may we please have it? ________________
7. On what areas of operation would you like to see Cal-Diego PVA work?
8. What could we do to get you more involved with Cal-Diego PVA activities?
Please cut out and return this questionarre to Cal-Diego PVA. Thank you.
Using the Pharmacy Refill System Cal-Diego PVA June 2006
How can I get my medications refilled at the VA?
• Over the phone •Drop off refill slips at the Medical Center
• Drop off refill slips at the Medical Center • New Online through the Internet
• Through the mail • New Online through the Internet
Refilling over the phone
•For Touch-Tone Phones
Dial (858 552-4390 or (858) 552-7450 24 hours a day and 365 When you call, you should have your social security
days a year. number and prescription numbers (RX #)
•For San Diego & Imperial Counties Dial toll-free 800-331- ready. Press the pound key (#) after your entries.
Refilling through the mail Mail your refill slip to:
If you want to refill your prescription through the mail, you
VA San Diego Healthcare System
need to sign the refill slip that comes with each prescription.
Pharmacy Service (119)
Then you need to mail the refill slip in.
3550 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161
Dropping off refill slips in person at the VA
You do not need to wait in line to drop off your refill slips! Drop the signed refill slips in the “Mail Out Prescription
Sign your refill slips. Bring your signed refill slips to the VA Drop Off ” box. This box is located to the left of the
Pharmacy. The VA Pharmacy is located on the 1st floor of the Pharmacy. It is near the “Pick-up” counter of the Pharmacy
VA Medical Center.
What if my prescription has expired or I have no more refills?
Most prescriptions are only good for 1 year from the date the prescription. Pharmacy can’t give you extra medication.
doctor writes it. Some prescriptions are only good until all the Your doctor must prescribe it. Patients in the FIRM Clinic
refills are used. It depends on which occurs first. Your prescrip- can call the Primary Care Call Center. They can reorder the
tion may expire. You may run out of refills. If so, you need to prescription. Their phone number is (858) 552-7475
contact your provider or clinic. They will need to reorder the Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4pm.
JohnJ Addario Faraj A Haddad Harry L Porter
Richard P Haynie Richard D Postell Notary Service is now available
Daniel L Amoroso
Michael G Beuoy Lyle E Hufford Charles D Romero in the Cal-Diego PVA Office
Harrison G Butler Francis M Insera William K Smith
Peter C Carbullido Michael E Kenney Shannon L Snowhill
Jimmy L Carter Major Lewis Marie Stotts-Munoz •Taking Power of Attorney
Christopher S Collins Debra Linder Clarence L Suggs •Certifying a copy of a Power of Attorney
Pernell M Cooper Bruce M Lodge Richard E Thompson
Colleen J Cretsinger Dion V Long Joseph C Tuck •Taking an Advance Health Care Directive
Daniel J Cronin Lawrence C Marcum Richard W Turbeville •Certifying Copies of Journal Entries
Timothy P Curtner John D Martin Darren G Westervelt
Efrain Davila Ferman McPhatter Richard E Woodworth •Taking Depositions
Amos Davis Anthony P Mezzadri Andrew T Yankowski •Demand Debts or Protest Non-Payment.
Barry J Flynn Philip E Miller
Tom F Gunn Antonio A O'Campo
An Exhibition of Fine Art by Artists with Disabilities
Photos By: Dean Cummings and Tom Marshall
May 31, 2005 For the fifth year in a row,
Sam Bass of Radio KYXY,
It is amazing to see a blank canvas and then see what an artist 96.5 graciously volunteered
can do with it. This can be said about Reflections. You start his time to serve as Master-
with a blank room and watch the transformation of the room of-Ceremony and
once the artwork arrives. Auctioneer. Noted for his
fine voice, quick wit and
The seventh showing of Reflections a fine art exhibition by dedication to Reflections
artists with disabilities was again, a tremendous success. This and people with disabilities,
annual art-show was pre- Sam was outstanding in entertaining and fundraising through-
sented by CAL-Diego PVA out the night.
and was on display in the
Santa Fe Room of the The auctions, both live and silent, were fun events this year.
Most of the displaying artists donated a piece of art to be auc-
Balboa Park Club from May
tioned to the reception guests with the proceeds going to Cal-
27 through June 4, 2006. Diego PVA. Auctioneer Sam Bass did an outstanding job in
Reflections VII was also holding the audience’s attention while raising the prices of the
made possible by the City auction pieces. The crowd’s favorites were a painting by Geer
of San Diego’s Parks and Morton and a decorated gourd art piece by Jim Russell, both
Recreation Department. Cal-Diego PVA members.
Over 600 people attended this year’s event. This year’s Featured Artist Featured artist was Cal-Diego
PVA’s own Moki Martin of Coronado, California. Moki is
The reception for the artists evening was a delightful event of
known for his watercolors, paintings and drawings of still lifes
fine art, fine food and wines, music and company. Chef and
and sea birds.
owner Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grill in Del Mar pro-
vided his usual fine assortment gourmet food. Executive Chef Reflections VII showcased two and three-dimensional fine art,
James Montejano of Café Japengo Restaurant also served his which was judged for awards in eight different divisions with
wonderful hors d’ouvres. The wines were provided by 1st ($100), 2nd ($50) and 3rd ($25) picked in each division.
California Wines a division of Forest Glen and pianist, Isabel A Best of Show and Best of Show Runner-up were also picked.
Catania added the final touch to the evening with great music. Both Sam and Moki presented the awards to the winning artists.
The exhibition had many returning artists from years past as The Best of Show Award went to “Lochness,” a beautiful
well as ten new artists who joined the fun. One artist has painting by Kathleen Thompson. Best of Show Honorable
already started working on next year's art show. 116 pieces Mention was an acrylic painting by Cal-Diego PVA’s own,
representing seven divisions were displayed. Alan Johnson.
Cal-Diego PVA members Billy Birch, Don Hyslop, Alan
Johnson, Lee Lopez, Peter Mirche, Amir Pishdad, Rolla Rich, Best of Show: Lochness by Kathleen Thomson
Jim Russell, and Moki Martin all submitted a variety of art-
work in a variety of Medias. Honorable Mention: Old Friends by Alan Johnson
Art exhibition judges,
Marty and Tom Tiedeman
of Escondido, volunteered Acrylic: 1st Magnolia by Nina Robinson
their time to judge the 2nd Lone Cool Woman by Rolla Rich
show. They were amazed 3rd Blue Bush Hair by Paul Brogden
at the quality of art to be
Oil: 1st The Arch of Aruba by Ray Zambo
judged and stated it was
2nd Indian Summer by Rolla Rich
difficult job to perform.
3rd Still Life on Striped Cloth by
Cal-Diego PVA June 2006
20th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic
By: David Smith
“Miracles on a Mountainside” was the theme of this year’s National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, held April 2-
9. DAV sponsored this wonderful event held every year in Snowmass, CO. The title which this event bears - Winter
Sports Clinic (WSC) encompasses it all. Events offered include: downhill skiing, cross country skiing, trap shooting,
archery, fencing, rock climbing, scuba diving, gondola rides, yoga, snowshoeing... the list just goes on and on. Everyone
agreed, there was something for everyone. When not involved in the active sporting events there was always plenty of
entertainment in the evenings with big-name stars appearing like Clay Walker. Nightly entertainment and dancing took
place, provided one had enough energy left to take part.
For 20 years, the Grand Junction VA Medical Center has hosted this event. Needless to say, they have become very expe-
rienced and organized, making the event a phenomenal experience for all. The expertise, care and efficiency demonstrated
by the Denver Elks lodge, the Grand Junction VA medical Center, and the hundreds of wonderful volunteers is simply
Our San Diego Beachcomber team started out as slightly more than casual acquaintances and by the end of the week we
felt like we were with our best friends. It must have something to do with the positive atmosphere and the things that we
overcome while being encouraged to participate in an action sport at real speed. As they say, the mountain doesn’t build
character, it reveals it.
I would like to say thanks to the SCI Recreation Therapy Department and Cal Diego PVA for helping to fund our trip.
Also a special thanks to Lani Dagley, our awesome coach, and Carrie and Lynda the fabulous attendants. Without all of
your wonderful help we may never know how much fun this could be.
If you would like more information on the Winter Ski Clinic there is a great web site with pictures of many activities at
Please join us in welcoming the new RT!
Lani Dagley joined the SCI Recreation Therapy Department in March and is
absolutely thrilled to be here. Lani studied Recreation Therapy at Brigham Young
University in Provo, UT. Following her studies, she completed her internship under
the direction of Kelli Kaliszewski in the SCI Center. She desired to stay in San Diego
and worked in a private hospital setting after graduation. One year later, Lani was
offered a job in the Long Term Care setting of the San Diego VA main hospital. She
was then selected to fill the opening in the SCI Center in March.
Ms. Dagley shared her thoughts on her new position. She said, “My great Aunt is con-
sidered to be one of the pioneers of Recreation Therapy in the VA system. I knew
right away there was no other place that I would want to work, following her foot-
steps. My heart lies with the VA and the veterans. I couldn’t be happier. I have reached
an amazing place in my career and I am the luckiest Recreation Therapist in the world!”
Cal-Diego PVA June 2006
THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SNOW BUSINESS
By: Kelly Kaliszewski
n February of this year, San Diego VA SCI Recreation Therapy was given an opportunity to host a group of Cal-
Diego PVA veterans to attend the first annual ski clinic held in Durango, CO. In conjunction with the Adaptive
Sports Association, Inc. (ASA) and the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club, six skiers and three support staff were sponsored
to attend this incredible event.
Every day the skiers were greeted with volunteers who donated their time and vehicles to transport the group up and
down the mountain. At the ASA Ski School, we were welcomed each morning by its friendly and skilled staff. Scott
“Grizz” Kelley was there to make sure things ran smoothly each day and the lunches that the school provided were deli-
cious. At the end of each day we were served a hot meal sponsored by local organizations and caring individuals at our
host hotel, the Hampton Inn. This was topped off with the Hampton Inn’s free yummy cookies and a game of
Dominoes or Spades.
And the skiing was truly intense! It included four, six - hour days of skiing lessons and adaptive ski equipment rental.
“Being with my veteran brothers at the ASA clinic was a very unique opportunity to have a more intimate family skiing
experience,” stated skier Darol Kubacz. The mountain was challenging and I guarantee everyone left a little skin on
his/her favorite ski run.
Special thanks go to Al Kovach and Ross Ehrhardt for making this event a true success. If you would like to learn more
about ASA and its adaptive sports opportunities, you can visit the website at http://www.asadurango.org/.
troops outside ASA ski school Volunteer Mike Lee Lopez, Darryl Kubacz and Ken force
Kelli • Brianne • Carylnn Dutton Sam • Kelli • Wan
Cal-Diego PVA June 2006
Watercolor: 1st In Memory of H. Bosch by Wayne
2nd Museum of Man by Don Hyslop
3rd Glowing by Nina Robinson
Drawing: 1st Hotsey-Totsey VI by P.L. Moki
2nd The Sentinel by Rolla Rich
3rd Halloween-Karin by Kyle Cooprider
Mixed Media: 1st Dye on Paper by Wayne Hoska
2nd Determination by Amir Pishdad
3rd Windchimes by the Sea by Billy Birch
Sculpture: 1st Symbols by Alice Schonfeld
2nd Ventanas by Jim Russell
3rd Circles of Life by Jim Russell
Photography: 1st Kaleidoscope by William Stothers
2nd Hero’s Hill by Paul Brogden
3rd Sago by Peter Mirche
A very special “Thank You” goes out to Cal-Diego PVA, the
Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities
and the many volunteers throughout the Reflections VII event
who helped to set up and take down the art show.
The other volunteers are Elizabeth Kaplan, Kevin Starks, Sarah
Wood, Paula Hendrix, James Miller, David Smith, Dean &
Kristi Cummings, Kim Korenek, Dave Urban, Marie Munoz,
Bill Miller, Joe Garrett, Callie Martin, Katie Estrada, Amanda
Gour, Robbie Bender, Teddy Reece, Kevin Fucella, and all the
sitter volunteers of Reflections VII.
The Cal-Diego PVA Art committee members who made
Reflections VII possible are Al Kovach, Kelly Price Noble, Kim
Martini, and Moki Martin. Kim and Moki served as jurors,
accepting the artwork for Reflections VII.
Reflections VII was a great art exhibition that displayed won-
derful art by artists who just happened to be disabled.
For more information on Reflections VII and next year’s exhi-
bition, please visit Cal-Diego PVA’s web-
sitewww.caldieogpva.org or call Kelly Price Noble or Kim
Martini at 858.450.1443 or at email@example.com.
Cal-Diego PVA June 2006
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