A Member Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America
May 2005 Vol. 7 Issue #5
The Arizona Chapter Celebrates
PVA Awareness Week
The Barrier Buster Awards Banquet
Back Row: Navajo Indian Code Talkers, Second Row: Kelli
Kaliszewski Bobbie Anderson First Row: Gary Hershey, Peter R.
President , and Steve Kaliszewski.
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Executive Director/ Editor
In This Issue
Government Relations Director ♦ Board of Directors…….………..….…….pg. 2
Michael Roberts, MS
♦ Letter from the President…….....….…...pg. 3
♦ Note from the Executive Director…...….pg. 4
Peter R. Quinn ♦ MS Corner……………..……….…….…..pg. 5
Peter R. Quinn, President ♦ Government Relations Director..........pp. 6-7
Benjamin Garcia, Vice President
Earl K. Lulloff, Secretary ♦ Clinical Reminders...………….….......pp. 8-9
David L. Riske, Treasurer
♦ Barrier Busters/PVA Awareness….pp. 10-13
Board of Directors
♦ Over the Line in Arizona…..……....pp. 14-15
Dan Koston ♦ Disability Night ….…………….…….....pg. 16
♦ The Wall………………………..….…....pg. 17
Hospital/ Services Coordinator
Joe Stanislawski ♦ Classifieds……………….……………..pg. 18
PVA National Service Office
♦ Calendar………………………..……... pg. 19
Jean M. Dougherty, Sr. NSO
Ronald Heard, Sr. NSO ♦ Birthdays…………………...……...Back page
Jacqueline Berkshire, Secretary
PVA National Service Office
3333 N. Central Ave., Ste. 1055
Phoenix, AZ 85012
800-795-3582 The views expressed in the articles of the Desert
Oracle are the opinions of the author and not
necessarily the opinion of the AZPVA. Any arti-
8126 North 23rd Avenue, Suite J cle not attributed to an individual / group was
Phoenix, AZ 85021 compiled with available information by APVA
Office: (602)-244-9168, Fax: (602) 244-0416 staff/members. The Desert Oracle does encour-
1-800-621-9217 firstname.lastname@example.org age our readers to submit their articles, interests
Office Hours: M-F 8:00 am – 4:00pm and/or rebuttals.
Letter From The President
By Peter R. Quinn
First off, thank you to the one hundred and schools, roads,
fifty –plus individuals who have signed our utility services,
letters concerning the upcoming VA hospitals and a
Healthcare budget. As you may have read revamped oil
this is not just an under funded insult to industry
our veterans, but it would be a joke if it second only to
were not so serious in its potential for the Saudi Arabia.
damage this legislative abuse will incur on Iraq will also
both the Veteran and the Arizona State have a fully trained and equipped state of
Healthcare System. It is the Chapter’s the art military to defend what our military
hope that UAV, United Arizona Veterans and their loved ones have fought, died and
will join the PVA in letting our politicians suffered for. Plus no debt!
know how unhappy we are about this
miscarriage of financial legislature. Recently Senator Kyl voted to send an
additional seventy-seven billion dollars
More news from the money people. The ($77,000.000.00) over to assist the military
US Government has pledged one billion over in Iraq and Afghanistan (HR1268).
seven hundred million dollars, Yet the bottom line watcher he is, Senator
($1,700,000,000.00) to assist the Sudan in Kyle voted against spending two hundred
recovering from a lengthy civil war. A very and thirteen million dollars ($213,000.00) to
nice gesture from our cash strapped provide more armored humvees to our
country. Too bad those same folks will not troops in battle. Even with the pesky
help the veterans of this country get complaints about sub par armor already
decent healthcare. One has to assume we being used, such as scrap metal, our troops
are too cash strapped to care for our presently in harms way are using in place of
veterans this year, especially as it is not a factory armor, the Senator is watching the
major election year. Foreign Aid, too bad bottom line.
we can’t see the big picture. Maybe then
we could understand why veterans get In the big picture of foreign affairs, Iraq,
less medical care than those in prison. Afghanistan and the Sudan can count on
Senator Kyle’s vote to insure better medical
There is one politician associated with care, military funding and free spending to
Arizona who is keeping a close eye and increase their quality of life. Here we can
his votes on the veteran’s issues very count on his votes against needed
consistent. Senator Jon Kyl has equipment to keep American veterans safe,
repeatedly voted to keep the billions and against increasing our healthcare
flowing to Iraq, to support not only our funding to where it belongs. Well it is
military actions, but to rebuild Iraqi election time in November, 2006 for Senator
infrastructure with US funds. He even Kyl and be sure he will be looking for a
voted to make sure the money was direct veteran to get a photo opportunity with.
foreign aid and in no part loans to be Please remember his stance this year on our
repaid from future Iraqi oil earnings. Yes needs and vote in 2006.
he is watching the bottom line. Iraq should
end up with freedom from a crazed leader …...God Bless
they would not over throw, upgraded
A NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
When does it stop? Veterans have now Please help our guys
become second rate citizens in Congress, as and gals coming
if there are more than a handful of Veterans in home to get what
the House and Senate currently combined. they need. Call or
State Independent Living Centers, who write your congress-
protect the rights of the disabled population, man and tell them to
are receiving fewer funds to advocate at our protect our future and
state levels than last year. Our state do the right thing!
government is facing a one hundred million
dollar cut in health care services from our The Chapter is
federal government. When does it stop? looking for Volunteer
Service officers to help out at the Phoenix and
Recently, many of you may have seen the Prescott VAMCs. This position would help our
funeral of Pope John Paul II. In attendance of NSOs reach-out to the hospitals, build a
the pontiff’s funeral were Muslims, ‘Buddhists, relationship with our SCI/D clinics and increase
Jews and Protestants. In 2000, The Arizona membership. This is a vital role in the
disability community and non-profits gathered operation of the Chapter, due to our dedication
together to celebrate the tenth anniversary of to ensure prompt and quality care is provided.
ADA, with all groups united together. If you are interested in helping the APVA at the
Wouldn’t it be great if all of us could work hospital, please call the Chapter at
together all the time? Maybe it’s time our 602-244-9168 and ask for myself (Joe)..
community forms a coalition of citizens with
disabilities representing each of our In closing, the Chapter needs to thank Gary
perspective groups? I would challenge and Hershey and John Tuzzolino for representing
commend one to form such a group, the Chapter at the first APVA over the line
although time consuming, it is a novel tournament in Phoenix April 23rd at the North
concept. Phoenix Baptist Church. The event was a
great event, mainly due to the perfection in the
The Chapter is now half way through the third planning. Thank both of you for everything!
quarter of our fiscal year and the office has
faced and completed many challenges. Most
recently was our first ADOT inspections of the
donated vehicles received from the state. The Until Next Time………
APVA came through with flying colors. As
you will read throughout this issue, this years
Barrier Buster Awards Luncheon was a
tremendous event and the staff and the NSO
office should be thanked for such dedication
to this project. The Chapter has been very
aggressive on collecting signatures to our
U.S. Congress and the Administration to let
them know that the 2006 budget is
unacceptable for any veteran, not just the
spinal cord injured.
MS Corner By Benjamin Garcia
This is the continuance to last month’s article
regarding the preparation process with the staff
at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
This year’s walk went extremely well, from an
on-lookers point of view; and it went quite well
from a committee member’s perspective.
The outcome was awesome, with 2500-3000
walkers. The camaraderie that encourages
people to continue on their journey is vital, as
some people are new comers to the walk,
some walkers with MS are to the point in their
illness that walking is very difficult for them, Benjamin Garcia uses the Force at the MS
and many others walked for a loved one. Walk. “May the force be with you.”
This writer felt the highlight of the walk was
when the power chair he was riding tipped
over, and several people came to the rescue.
But no, seriously, the highlight was to see so
many people giving of themselves for a
common purpose overall.
There were sponsors who provided items, such
as power chairs, the water bottles, and
massages after the walk, the food, and the
snacks during the walk. Personally, I’d like to
thank all the people who gave of their own
finances in donations, and pledges. To the
people in the community, the VA hospital and Benjamin Garcia was joined by his wife and family.
other VA organizations, truly too many to
The Arizona PVA was happy to again supply
water for the walk. Over 200 cases of water
were secured through Sam’s Club by the
Arizona Chapter, PVA.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a devastating, yet
strange disease. It effect’s people with
degeneration of the central nervous system,
causing disorders in the brain and/or spinal
cord. Some people suffer physically, others
visually, or emotionally.
The MS Walk on the Wild Side continued onto the
APVA would like to thank NMSS for allowing Botanical Gardens.
this organization to participate in Walk on the
Wild Side 2005, and look to further involvement
at future events.
FROM THE DESK OF THE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS DIRECTOR
By Michael Roberts MS
THE CALL TO ACTION IS NOW!
keep the VA under-funded
As you have read and viewed in the media, and unable to provide timely
FY 2006 VA healthcare funding is at a access to quality health care to
crossroad. Not only do veterans have to be many of our nation’s veterans.
concerned about the under funded
proposal the President submitted to the Congress made a bold move in
U.S. Congress, veterans now have to be 2005 by reorganizing the
concerned with the reorganization of the appropriations subcommittees.
Appropriations subcommittees, the ousting On the Senate side, Appropriations for
of the House Committee on Veterans Veteran Affairs went from the Subcommittee
Affairs Chairman Christopher Smith and his on Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban
replacement Chairman Steve Buyer, the Development, and Independent Agencies
resignation of the Secretary of Veteran Committee to the Military Construction and
Affairs Anthony Principi and his replace- Veterans Affairs.
ment Jim Nicholson, the loss of Represen-
tative Rick Renzi From the House Commit- On the House side, Appropriations for Veteran
tee on Veteran Affairs, and the loss of Affairs went from the Department of Veterans
Senator Arlen Specter from the Senate Affairs, Housing and Urban Development and
Committee on Veteran Affairs. Independent Agencies Subcommittee to the
Subcommittee on Military Quality of Life and
The President of the United States has Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies. The
consistently made statements in both concerns related to the reorganization of the
elections of his support for veterans and Appropriations Committee puts funding for
has consistently made weak on his veteran affairs against military affairs.
promises to veterans. President Bush's Decision-makers are placed in a delicate
stock answer to all who question his situation choosing between veteran affairs or
support is that the VA budget has military affairs spending.
increased every year of his administration
and is now the largest budget ever. In January, 2005 House Committee Chairman
However, the real truth is that the VA on Veterans Affairs Christopher Smith was
healthcare budget has been chronically replaced by Steve Buyer. The majority party
under funded for years. apparently felt that former Chairman Smith
was a threat to the administration’s policies on
Each year, four veteran services VA funding and their apparent concerns on
organizations (PVA, AMVETS, Disabled redefining the concept of the veteran. Even
American Veterans, and the Veterans of though Representative Smith is a conservative
Foreign Wars) create The Independent Republican, he was an outspoken champion
Budget (IB) which petitions Congress to for all veterans who served their country and
sufficiently fund VA healthcare and other their right to benefits and quality healthcare. It
vital programs. Although this document has been made very clear that the new
focuses on in-depth analysis of veterans' Chairman supports the administration’s VA
healthcare, benefits delivery, medical healthcare funding and has his focus of
facilities construction, veterans' cemeteries defining the concept of a veteran as one who
and other so-called discretionary programs, is poor, who has a service connected
the President and Congress continually disability, or who has a special need.
FROM THE DESK OF THE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS DIRECTOR
All veteran services organizations respected
Chairman Buyer disagrees with veterans him and this Chapter’s voice was heard by
services organizations’ idea that a veteran is him. Senator Arlen Specter from
a veteran for life. He believes that Pennsylvania no longer serves as Chairman
Congress erred in 1996 when it opened VA of the Senate Committee of Veteran Affairs.
healthcare to any veteran willing to pay He was another long-standing champion for
modest fees. He believes there are too all veterans of the Senate side. Larry Craig
many veterans using the VA health care from Idaho replaced Senator Specter as
system that shouldn't be there and Chairman who, incidentally, supported the
individuals who served in the military and administration’s $1.2 billion cut in FY 2005.
are Medicare eligible, military retirees,
veterans with private health care options, The new Chairman of the Senate Committee
and veterans with no health insurance, of Veteran Affairs has elected to compromise
should go somewhere else. somewhat on the FY 2006 administration’s
proposed VA healthcare funding budget.
In 2004 the Secretary of Veteran Affairs The impact of this partisan politics has a
Anthony Principi made a bold move and direct effect on the future of VA healthcare
disagreed with the administration’s funding and where the funding will come
proposed FY 2005 VA healthcare funding from. Representative Buyer feels the VA
budget. Congress refused to go along with healthcare system is becoming one of that of
most of the administration’s proposed cuts welfare and must be stopped! Apparently he
and increased co-payments. In 2005 the has the support of the administration and a
new Secretary of Veteran Affairs Jim significant number of the majority in
Nicholson has held fast to the Congress.
administration's proposed FY 2006 VA
healthcare funding budget. In testimony to Unless veterans become less complacent on
the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs, how they’re being treated in the VA
Secretary Nicholson responded by stating healthcare system and begin to speak out,
that the administration’s budget meets the veterans who have served this country will be
medical needs of the nation's neediest left out on receiving VA healthcare in some of
veterans and "reflects a pause in our the finest facilities this country has to offer
stunning increases" in VA health care and will have to rely on Medicaid/AHCCCS.
funding. It appears that veterans will see Are you willing to return to the archaic days
minimal support from Secretary Nicholson where you are turned away from the VA
regarding the real needs of VA healthcare Medical Centers because you did not receive
funding. your disability while you were serving time in
the military or because you decided to go
Representative Rick Renzi from our state no back to work and be a productive tax bearing
longer serves on the House Committee of member of society earning $26,000 or more?
Veteran Affairs. For a freshman
Representative and stepping in the shoes of The time is now for you to decide and
Representative Bob Stump, Representative contact this Chapter with your input.
Renzi made his presence and was a
champion for all veterans on the committee.
Greetings from the SCI Clinic! There are several kinds of
The time couldn’t be more fitting to discuss the Advanced Directives:
issue of Advance Directives. Recent news
events have put advance directives to the Where should I keep my
for-front in patient care. The SCI Clinic has Advance Directive Durable
received several calls from patients wishing to Power of Attorney for
not only discuss advance directives, but to also health care –
complete them. If you have not completed these
documents, I would encourage you to discuss You name a person to make
this with your clinic provider or social worker. It’s health care choices for you
important to document your wishes. if you are unable to speak
for yourself. This person is called your agent.
Advance Directives: What you should know This person should be over the age of 18,
someone you trust, know well and has agreed
An Advance Directive, or Living Will, is an to be your agent. Appointing an agent is
important document to have at any stage in particularly important. At the time a decision
your life. It is a legal document that is drafted to needs to be made, your agent can participate in
express your wishes for end-of-life care when discussions and weigh the pros and cons of
you are unable to make those decisions treatment decisions based on your wishes. Your
yourself. Without an Advance Directive in place, agent can decide for you wherever you cannot
some of the hardest and most important decide for yourself, even if your decision
decisions of your life can be left entirely in the making ability is only temporarily affected.
hands of medical professionals and your family.
Not only do you risk having a decision made Living Will -This tells your doctor what care you
that you might not support; family members may do or do not want, should you develop a
be forced to make up your mind for you, often terminal condition. What you include in your
leaving them feeling unsure that they’ve made living will is up to you. Some people include
the right choice. their choices about: DNR orders, being
connected to machines to stay alive; having
An Advance Directive is legal in every state in surgery; donating organs and tissues; pain
the U.S. and most hospitals will allow you to management and tube feedings.
keep a copy of your Advance Directive on file
with them. Having an Advance Directive on file Mental Health Care Power of Attorney –
can help ease your concern and fear about This document allows your to state your wishes
what will happen to you once you have entered regarding mental health care treatment,
a hospital for treatment or end-of-life care. including medications, admission to and
retention in a health care facility for mental
Some facts about Advance Directives: health treatment and outpatient services. You
Advance Directives are simple to fill out. can designate that your agent make mental
You do not need a lawyer to make them. health care decisions for you if you should
You can always change your mind about them. become incapable, disabled, or unable to give
They are only used when you cannot speak informed consent to treatment.
Continued page 9
Some commonly asked questions:
What happens if you don’t make an Advance Directive?
You will receive medical care if you do not make an advance directive. However, there is a chance
you will not receive the types of care and treatments you want. If you do not have an advance
directive and you cannot make health care decisions, some state laws give decision-making power
to default decision-makers or "surrogates." These surrogates, who are usually family members in
order of kinship, can make some or all health care decisions.
If I Change My Mind, Can I Cancel Or Change My Advance Directives?
Yes, you can cancel or change your Advance Directive by telling your agent or health care provider
in writing of your decision to do so. Destroying all copies of the old one and creating a new one is
the best way. Make sure you give a copy of the new one to your physician and anyone else who
received the old one.
You should keep your advance directive in a safe place where you and others can easily find it.
You should make sure your family members and your lawyer, if you have one, know you have
made an advance directive and know where it is located. You should also ask your physician for
social worker to make your advance directive part of your permanent medical record.
The staff of the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical wants to ensure your health care wishes are known.
Please contact your provider or a member of your health care team if you have other questions or
would like to make an advance directive.
Compass Disability Support Groups
Finding Balance in an UnBaLaNcEd World
Celebrate good times – Come On!
This month we are going to be celebrating Compass’ 5th Anniversary.
We will be providing some great eats and some good conversation and if everything works out right we
will have a very special guest – Hint (Disability Royalty). We will also be looking at getting to know
everyone and what you would like to see and do at any upcoming meetings.
We are also going to look at doing some t-shirts for the group and would love your input.
For more information please call - Randy Werner 602-439-0121 / Pauline Staples 602-241-1001
THE 29TH ANNUAL BARRIER BUSTER S
The “Dick Sloviaczek” Barrier Buster Awards They started
Luncheon held on April 16th, 2005 was a great their service to
success. The this country
Chapter staff, over sixty years
along with ago and they
National are still serving
Service our nation. You
Officer Jean may read about
Dougherty it, but speaking Navajo Code Talkers
and her to living history is
husband Pat definitely the best way to hear, see and feel
were nothing the truth. The Chapter would like to thank Art
short of Hardy Jr. for driving these elders back and
amazing in Jean and Pat Dougherty forth to the luncheon from the reservation.
their job of Young Mr. Hardy has just returned from a four
hosting this event. Bee and David Riske were year tour in Army communications, lately from
there to ensure a bountiful quantity of Korea and has apparently decided to rejoin
excellent gifts and prizes. Patricia Stiles the Army for six more years. Please send your
should be singled out for significant praise as prayers with him.
she managed to get all the office duties done Our keynote speaker was MSG Thomas
and was the glue to keep the luncheon Mortenson of the 363/2 TBSN Reserve Unit.
preparation on track. There were many others The good Sergeant
such as TJ the DJ and Jackie from the NSO’s took the time to give
office who were non stop in their efforts to us a humanistic look
make this a first class affair. Thanks to all of at what is going on in
you for your help. Iraq. Many are posi-
The staff decided on using a bigger room this tive things you do not
year and an excellent choice it was. The hear about in the
freedom of movement was outstanding. We news. He also made
had one hundred and eighty four guests this it known that in his
year and it made for a positive enthusiastic opinion, the cuts in
group. Every comment has been one of being the VA Healthcare
impressed and job well done. For those of you budget are going to
who missed it, next year all ready sounds cause considerable
bigger and better. If you are a Chapter harm to those coming MSG Thomas Mortenson
member or a PVA member in Arizona and you home with PTSD and head traumas. Even
have never been or you have not recently though he is not trained on medical budgets,
been to this free Chapter event, you should be he sees and keeps track off what is happening
asking yourself why. We look forward to to our servicemen/woman and worried that the
seeing you there next year. VA is not able to give the great care they are
On the cover you can see the real Navajo known for if the VA Healthcare system is
Code Talkers from World War II. They took under funded. The Chapter thanks MSG
the time to honor our gathering by presenting Mortenson for his service, his speech and all
colors. These gentlemen and wives drove the volunteer time he and his unit put into
over six hours one way from Window Rock, Arizona Chapter events.
AZ to be there.
This year’s awardees were terrific. Mr. Smyth is active at the hospital and in his
The Corporate “Make community. We wish to express our
a Difference” award appreciation to both of these men for their
went to the Arizona service to our country and the Arizona
Cardinals. Mr. William Chapter.
Bidwell was there to The Distinguished Service Award went to
accept the award for recently retired Benefits Advocate John
his team. As a long Bignall. John’s tenacity and individual style
team owner Mr. of performing his duties were reason enough
Bidwell had a to give him this praise. Unfortunately health
different perspective issues made it impossible for him to attend.
Mr. William Bidwell
on veterans and We wish John the best of luck.
touched upon the The Arizona Chapter’s President’s Award is
respect given in 1947 compared to the usually given to an individual who has done
importance attached to those who serve today. an
The Community job over a
Activist Awards long period
went to Gary of time.
Hershey, President This year
of the Arizona we broke
Spinal Cord Injury tradition by
Association, and giving the
Bobbie Anderson award to
the vibrant Social two
Jackie Berkshire, Gary and Dorothy
Worker at the SCI Hershey deserving
Clinic in the recipients
Phoenix, VAMC. Each who Peter Quinn, Kelli and Steve
of them is not only a happen to Kaliszewski
giver to the be husband and wife. Kelli and Steve
community but Kaliszewski are a married couple whose
specially to our resume read almost identical for the last
members. seventeen (17) years. While Kelli had more
The Chapter Awards direct contact as the Recreation Therapist at
went to Michael La Jolla VAMC, SCI Center, Steve started
Smyth and Richard Day on the Bay, led the world in Quad
Hoover both who Rugby on the Sharp Shadow team and
could not make brought quality of life to all of those who
the actual event. Each is deserving of a Barrier were or are ready to embrace it. These are
Buster Award. Mr. Hoover was one of the longest two awesome individuals that make an
members of the Chapter to hold the office of astonishing team.
President, and did the same in PVA National. He
has done many jobs and done them well, all of
PVA owes him our thanks. Mike Smyth is our
number one Marine, Tucson promoter and puts
on a great trap shoot.
The Chapter was the recipient of two awards. his Chapter visit, to see us at our best. Mr.
The first award was from Flagstaff Vice-Mayor Mitchell’s assistant Thomas Smith was also in
Al White. Mr. White has been a long supporter attendance. We appreciate their taking the time
of accessibility in Flagstaff, especially as he to join the Chapter at our annual event.
knows about SCI on a first hand basis. A
leader in Flagstaff, Al has been the biggest
supporter of activities for the disabled in
Northern Arizona. He is the host of Flagstaffs
Disability Awards Night, an event that the
Arizona PVA is the main sponsor. Mr. White
awarded the Arizona Chapter a letter of
Appreciation for our services to the City of
Flagstaff and Paul Montensen, Amy Mortensen and Vangie Mortenson
The second award The tables were filled with different groups in
was from Mr. Gary attendance. Paul Mortensen, a long time
Hershey and Mr. supporter and friend of the Chapter was present.
John Tuzzolino, As was his remarkable team from Arizona Spinal
liaison for “Over The Cord Injury Association. Paul has been the
Line” and Chapter Executive Director since the inception of the
Sports Director ASCIA. Although they are not related to Paul,
respectively. The Vangie Mortenson, wife of MSG Mortenson, with
Chapter received a Ms. Amy Rocker make up the backbone and
team signed t-shirt majority of ASCIA staff.
from the first Arizona
John Tuzzolino, Gary Hershey
“Over The Line”
Tournament. It is a
new sport for those of us; out of the San Diego
area, but has been around for decades. The
Chapter is a proud sponsor and participant in
this sport that encompasses almost every
that could want to
The Polio Echo Table
Around table number
one were very special Polio Echo and William (Bill) Falls were present.
Chapter members and This is fine group of people who believe that if all
yet also honored guests. service groups began working together, we
Cliff Crase, long time would accomplish more. They provide a mixer
Arizona Chapter so that different service organizations can break
member, mentor to the ice and better understand each other.
many and the Editor of Jean Dougherty and
PVA’s PN and Sports
Frank Rigo. There were other organizations that sponsored
and Spokes magazines. Also at the table was and participated in the “Dick Sloviaczek” Barrier
Frank Rigo, Chapter member and longest Buster’s Award Luncheon. They include PRN
elected National Executive Committee Medical, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, ABIL (Arizona
member. Twenty-seven and one half years. Bridge to Independent Living), MCDI Mayors
Jonathon Mitchell, National Vice-President and Commission on Disability Issues.
Chapter Liaison, was kind enough to schedule
The Arizona Chapter was able to donate a
service vehicle to the Hopi Tribe. This is done
with the assistance of Carrie James, Minority
Veteran Program Manager of the Phoenix VA
The Benjamin Garcia Family
Members of the Hopi Tribe, L-R V. French,
Gordon Mahuia, Cari James, Rep. Albert
Tom, with Joe Stanislawski
The Arizona Cardinals and the Arizona Karla and John Tuzzolino
Diamondbacks were terrific supporters of our
Chapter. The Cardinals donated an
autographed Larry Fitzgerald game jersey, a
football with the entire team’s signatures. The
Diamondbacks were generous to donate an
autographed Quinton McCracken baseball, an
autographed Troy Klaus baseball cap and a pair
of tickets to a game of the winner’s choice.
These two organizations have helped the
Chapter in recent years. We thank them again
for their community service and in particular,
their help to the Arizona PVA. Debbie Wooldridge and Ken Conney
Navajo Code Talkers
and their wives
Randy & Janine Werner, center Amy Rocker
OVER THE LINE COMES TO PHOENIX
By Gary Hershey
In 2003 The World Championships of Now it was time for all teams along with
Wheelchair Over-the-Line Softball celebrated Field Marshals, Score Keepers and Ball
their 25th Anniversary at the Annual San Diego Chasers, to get to their respective fields and
Tournament. After competing for several the games were on. Our goal was to have
years in San Diego as well as Las Vegas we all fifteen adult games played by 11:30.
were encouraged and agreed to our own day Each game is three innings long and takes
in the sun. In 2005 Phoenix would help an average of forty-five minutes to complete.
expand the fast growing sport by hosting its We needed to get things going and keep
first WCOTL Tournament. them going. There was no rest for the weary
as the games are played back to back to
April 23rd 2005 was the day. It’s 6:30 a.m. and back. The morning was sunny and warm;
the sun is rising. Our playing field is the huge we knew the afternoon could be brutal.
parking lot of North Phoenix Baptist Church.
The Central Phoenix location is ideal and the We had planned for lunch at 11:30. We
area big enough to tape off six WCOTL fields. actually found ourselves ahead of schedule
This will allow twelve teams to play so lunch was moved up to 11. With the
simultaneously. There were ten adult teams extra time Tournament Director Larry
as well as two juniors’ teams ready to take Tunforss “Tuna” decided it might be fun for
their swings. Teams came from Las Vegas as the junior athletes to play the score keepers
well as Tucson to steal away a victory at our in a game. Our score keepers were part of
first time event. The Tournament was set up the Young Life Christian Group. Our junior’s
so each of the adult teams would be wheelchair athletes were boys ranging in
guaranteed three qualifying games before age from eight to fifteen. The Young Life
noon. Group was teenage girls so it was boys vs.
the girls. When the dust settled the junior
Its 7:30 and all teams are registered and boys prevailed. It was all in fun and the
ready for team photos. The goal was that most watched game of the day.
each player would have a team photo to take
with them at the end of play. The top three
teams would receive their photos in a plaque
recognizing the position their team placed.
At 8:00 we started with our rules clinic. Each
Host City has a few rules options and they are
always addressed in advance. The clinic was
lead by “Chops” from OMBAC in San Diego.
OMBAC – Old Mission Bay Athletic Club is the
organization that introduced us to the game at
a winter sports camp put on by Barrows
Neurological Institute in 2000. OMBAC is also Young Life Christian Group
the Host of the World Championships in San
Diego. We set High Noon as the start of the Single
Elimination part of our Tournament. All
Now its 8:30 and time to get ready to play.
teams were seeded based on morning play.
Before the first pitch we all faced the American
We started with two games.
flag as we listened to Bryant Diaz sing our
The Council Crushers played Two Ladies and Please allow me to say thanks for the
a Dude while The Tucson Tarantulas squared needed Support from Astra Tech, The
off against No Mo Walkin from Las Vegas. Arizona Chapter of the Paralyzed
The Tarantulas and the Two Ladies and a Veterans of America, North Phoenix
Dude came out the winners. Baptist Church, Leeden Wheelchairs,
Next it was the Tarantulas vs. Git er Done, Coloplast and PRN Medical.
Two Ladies and a Dude vs. The Freakin To all the volunteers from The Arizona
‘Idiots, Pencil Necks vs. OTL Rookies Spinal Cord Injury Association, Young
(Wheelchair Suns players crossing the line to Life, Neuro Institute in Tempe, Mid
play softball) and the Fockers who took on Western University, and Barrows
Two Dudes and a Rookie, the other Vegas Neurological Institute I want to say a
team. When those games concluded we Thanks for everything.
were down to our Final Four. To my friends and family who were there
to help from the beginning I can never
The teams still vying for first place were Git er thank you enough.
Done, OTL Rookies, The Freakin Idiots and
Two Dudes and a Rookie. To all who watch or played the game for
the first time stay tuned, WE’LL BE
The OTL Rookies featuring Jim Miller, Sharon BACK!
Miller and Tommy Schroeder won the coin
toss and opted to bat first. That put Git er
Done (Scott Gehrke, Jared Swayne and Gary
Hershey) in the field and with last at bats.
The game was tied 0-0 when Git er Done got
er done in the bottom of the last inning
On the other field it was Phoenix vs, Las
Vegas. After being beat by the Las Vegas
Team Two Dudes and a Rookie in the
morning, The Freakin Idiots returned the
favor. Adam Parks, Ken Hinton and Git er Done
Jonathon Foster (Two Dudes and a Rookie)
and The Freakin Idiots (Ryan Huntley, Kelly
Case and Russ Huntley) were tied going into
the bottom of three. Those Freakin Idiots
managed to get three hits and win the game.
The Championship game was all Phoenix as
The Freakin Idiots and Git er Done played for
bragging rights. In Tournament play the Final
game is typically four innings. The game
again went down to the final swing although
my team did not Git er Done this time. It was
a close one although it was won by the Idiots Freakin Idiots
5-4. Two Dudes and a Rookie got past The
OTL Rookies to take the third place award
home with them to Vegas.
The Tournament was well attended and
hopefully all the spectators went home with
many memories and not to much sun burn.
Disability Night with the Diamondbacks
The Chapter had the honor of hosting Disability Awareness Night at Bank One Ballpark on April
11th, 2005. Veronica Zendejas was our liaison with the Diamondbacks and we could not have been
in better hands. This was the second year in the row that the Chapter was picked for this event.
The Community Corner is set up at section 127, on the main concourse so that we could get
maximum exposure. Pictures of Chapter sporting events were set up, PVA Awareness Week had
begun and APVA had plenty of hand outs for all interested parties. Along with the PN, Sports &
Spokes Magazines, we also had a supply of the Desert Oracle and a few Annual Reports. One of
the big draws was our letters to Arizona’s elected federal elected legislators regarding the sorry
budget request for VA Healthcare in 2006. The photographs and back up written material gave
APVA/PVA an excellent information booth at a major sport event.
The Chapter Sport’s Director John Tuzzolino was our representative on the field and the crowd
loved him. In fact John’s only disappointment was that he did not get to throw out the first pitch.
Chapter Vice-President Benjamin Garcia was at the ballpark to represent the Chapter, and MCDI.
Board of Director Dan Koston was there to run the Community Corner and oversee set up and take
down of our booth. Dan also ran the raffle that the Diamondbacks host to give away a free
autographed photo of Chad Tracy.
The Chapter had short notice on hosting the event, but managed to get two other organizations
involved. Home Base of Phoenix, a terrific organization for homeless youths aged 16 to 22 years
old. They managed to get almost fifty of their youths and staff to the game. The Chapter provided
tickets, a purple t-shirt and seven dollars for them to enjoy popcorn and a soda at the game. Vested
Interest, a Chapter partner in many community activities, specializes in young men who are at risk
in today’s world. Larry Westbrook was able to bring thirty young men and chaperones; that were
provided with tickets, purple t-shirts and APVA ball caps.
This event would not have been possible without the Chapter staff’s efforts to get grants and
provide all the support needed to accomplish in a satisfactory manner. Victoria Zendejas and Phil
Dozer were the biggest factor as their confidence and assistance allowed us to start PVA
awareness Week on a great note. We look forward to hosting Disability Awareness Night at BOB
Recently the traveling Vietnam war memorial wall made a stop at the
Tucson VA hospital. It was my first time seeing the wall and needless to say
I was in awe.
As I sat in front of the wall it stirred up feelings and memories long
forgotten. Even though I was too young to fight in the war I was still old
enough to be influenced by the culture of what went on in the late 60’s and
As I looked at the names of the soldiers etched on each panel of the wall, memories of that time pe-
riod came flooding back. I recall watching the news each night seeing not only reports on what was
going on in Vietnam, but our own country as well.
Almost every night I recall seeing anti-war demonstrations and riots on the evening news. Our
country was tearing itself apart and here I was growing up in one of the most turbulent times in our
nation’s history. Although I was in my early to mid-teens the events unfolding before me had a
strong impact on the rest of my life. The draft ended and the all-volunteer armed services began. I
still felt the desire to join the military to protect and honor my country.
As I sat in front of this magnificent reminder of a past not so easily forgotten, watching visitors walk
and roll by, two words came to mind…. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!
……………..John Lawrence, Director, APVA
APRIL IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY MONTH
What is Occupational therapy? OT problem is steaming from.. For example: if a
addresses the functional needs someone person is having difficulty eating they may be
may have deficits in. For example, dressing having problems with hand to mouth
and cooking are just a few. We address the coordination, they may require a piece of
ADL’s (Activities of Daily Living) of life. Self adaptive equipment, their muscles may not
Care of any type, grooming and hygiene, allow specific movements, or they may need
dressing, bathing, toileting, eating and musculoskeletal support with a splint. This
communication. IADL’s (Instrumental is just one example of how an OT can assist
Activities of Daily Living) would include the with your every day activities. If you would
higher level of daily activities. Housekeeping, like to know more or have any questions,
money management, driving, entertainment, please contact the director of you center
working and physical and nutritional
education are just a few that we may
address. After receiving a doctor’s …………...….Diana Partain MOT, OTR/L
prescription for a OT evaluation and possible
treatment, an OT would evaluate a person’s
needs. We normally break the different tasks
down to determine when the
As pictured Wheelchair lift for parts.
$1500.00 or best offer.
Pager # 602-678-2947 after 6pm Mon. Tues, Thurs,
Fri. Lift was operating when removed from 1990
Econoline Ford 90 Van with dual side doors
HOUSE FOR SALE BY OWNER
Glendale Newer subdivision, built in 2000. 1682+ Sq. feet. Hand Access, 4 BR, 2Bath,
ATT, Garage. Really nice upgrades. (ie Bay window in Dinning room and Master
Bedroom. Tiled Kitchen, DR & Entry; Alarm System; Roll under sinks & stove; Honey
oak Cabinets; Glass cook top stove; Wall mount oven; Built in sloped walkway to
front door; Mirrored Bedroom doors; Grab bars; Across form greenbelt,
and other great features (Like min. from Glendale Arena).
Serious inquiries and by appointment only, please.
Pictures email me at AEllis1968@aol.com
Open House May 8, 2005 from 12pm—5pm
2005 Calendar of Events
When What Where Who
May 17, 2005 APVA Board of Directors Veterans Home Pat Stiles
Meeting 303 E Indian School 602-244-9168
June 4, 2005 Good Neighbor Day Veterans Home Pat Stiles
303 E Indian School 602-244-9168
June 18, 2005 APVA Board of Directors Prescott VA Hospital Pat Stiles
Meeting Prescott, AZ 602-244-9168
July 12 APVA Annual BOD Meeting Airport Pat Stiles
2005 Installation of Elected BOD Marriott 602-244-9168
June 27-July 1st 25th National Veterans Minneapolis, MN Pat Stiles
2005 Wheelchair Games 602-244-9168
August 16, 2005 APVA Board of Directors Veterans Home Pat Stiles
Meeting 303 E Indian School 602-244-9168
Participants needed for Online Research Survey
Communicating Access - a survey for wheelchair and scooter users
When you visit new places, do you often feel like you are sailing off into the unknown? Do you wonder if
you will actually reach your destination? A research team at the University of California at Santa Barbara
wants to learn about your travel experiences, the information you use to plan your trips, and the problems
you encounter. If missing curb cuts, cracked pavement, unsafe street crossings, and deep gutters make
travel difficult for you, you might be the ideal participant.
Please share your insight into how you plan your trips and what information you wish would be
available to you before you leave your home. As a wheelchair user, you probably are all too
familiar with having to take detours, not getting to places, or taking risks to get to where you want
to go. To avoid these situations, what do you think an ideal forecasting system would look like?
Have you thought about what specific information you need to plan your trips?
To contribute to this work, please complete an anonymous online survey and visit http://
research.survey.ucsb.edu/access/ . Your participation is voluntary and your information is re-
corded only if, at the end of the survey, you submit your answers. I also welcome if you distribute
this message to other potential participants.
I thank you for your time.
Andrea Nuernberger, Ph.D. student and co-investigator
Ole Skogland May 01 Robert Petitt May 01
Michael May 01 Howard Boyer May 01
Kim Griffith May 02 Michael Henderson May 02
Norman Corpstein May 04 Kenneth Bower May 04
Michael Hudson May 04 David Janey May 05
George Stewart May 06 Chuck Ameda May 06
Richard Zinser May 06 Frances Huynh May 07
John Infanti May 07 Thomas Stillwell May 08
Richard Parmelee May 09 Stephen Gambetta May 09
Gabriel Gatano May 09 Rod Sheridan May 09
Ed Koziol May 12 Carl Berato May 13
Marian Chavez May 13 Catherine Baker May 13
Randall Britton May 15 Ronald Trozzi May 19
Mark Leonard May 20 Robert Peterson May 21
Stanley Kinard May 23 Richard Wall May 25
Virginia Thompson May 26 Brian Perry May 29
Edward Hutchison May 30 Allen Topel May 30
Nancie Scalercio May 31
Arizona Chapter Non-Profit Org.
Paralyzed Veterans of America U.S. Postage
8126 N 23rd Ave. Suite J PAID
Phoenix, AZ 85021 Phoenix. AZ
Permit No. 1600
………….still serving our Nation