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					HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!                                       We would like to thank the following
    Barry Flynn            Richard Turbeville          donors for their financial contributions:
  Richard Haynie           Andrew Yankowski              Edward Johnson           John Shiposki
 Joseph Medeiros               Major Lewis               Deborah Conter         Charles Hoffman
  Daniel Amoroso                Dion Long
                                                           Tanta Coty
Ferman McPhatter              Debra Linder
    Lyle Hufford           Colleen Cretsinger                Donor of the Wheelchair Bags:
  Clarence Suggs            Anthony Mezzadri                Back Country Quilters of Ramona
Richard Woodworth              Robert Wood
    Joseph Tuck                 Tom Gunn
   Daniel Cronin             Richard Postell              DONATE WHILE YOU SHOP!
    Harry Porter            Darren Westervelt
 Rayfield Hardison         Christopher Collins        How does it work? Each time you make a purchase
Marie Stotts-Munoz           Michael Kenney         from LandsEnd.com, Buy.com, ORBITZ.com,Wine.com,
    John Martin             Shannon Snowhill         Disneystore.com, 1800flowers.com, REIoutlet.com, or
 Antonio O'Campo             Pernell Cooper
   John Addario               Efrain Davila          for medical supplies via Cal-Diego PVA s website,
   Francis Insera             Faraj Haddad           www.caldiegopva.org, the chapter benefits. A por-
  Timothy Curtner            Michael Beuoy           tion of the proceeds from the sale go directly to Cal-
    Philip Miller            Harrison Butler        Diego PVA. The proceeds help us continue to run great
    Bruce Lodge               James Samdal                       programs aiding our veterans.




         Cal-Diego Paralyzed Veterans Association                                            Nonprofit
         3350 La Jolla Village Dr. #1A-118                                                  Organization
         San Diego, CA 92161                                                                U.S. Postage
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                                                                                           San Diego, CA
         Address Service Requested                                                          Permit #3446
                                                                                                                                            days there, Francisco became depressed and insecure about facing the world on the outside. His wife was
 CAL-DIEGO PVA CHAPTER OFFICE
 A Member Chapter Of The Paralyzed Veterans Of America
                                                                             IN THIS ISSUE                                                  finally able to convince him to have lunch with them at the Fisher House. That was a turning point in
                                                                                                                                            his life. He then decided, “If I’m going to move forward, I need to get out of the Army, get home and get
                                                                       3         President’s Message                                        a job.”
  3350 La Jolla Village Dr. #1A-118 San Diego, CA 92161
               (800) 423-2778 • (858) 450-1443                                                                                              Upon his return to the hospital that day, he asked his doctor what he had to do to be discharged and
      (858) 552-8585 ext. 7601 • FAX: (858) 450-1852
                                                                       4         Executive Director’s Message
                                                                                                                                            become an outpatient. All his IV’s were then removed. A few days later, he joined his family. During his
    e-mail: info@caldiegopva.org • www.caldiegopva.org                 4         Congratulations Art King!!!                                vocational therapy, he met a man that would change his life. Frederick Downs Jr. is not only an amputee
                                                                                                                                            from the Vietnam War, but also the VA’s Chief Consultant for the Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service.
The Cal-Diego Board of Directors meet monthly. Minutes of the last     5         Dale & Tammy’s Going Away Party                            His life experiences from being an amputee instantly inspired Francisco. After learning of Francisco’s
meeting are available in the Cal-Diego PVA office. All Cal-Diego PVA                                                                        interest in prosthetics, Frederick promised to inquire about possible job openings. Francisco soon
members are invited to attend. Please feel free to contact us to       6         Reflections VI
                                                                                                                                            received a call from Steven Sawyer, the VISN Prosthetic Representative. Sawyer recommended that he
inquire about the next metting date.                                                                                                        apply for the Prosthetics Representative Intern position that would soon be left by Dale Jones. Not only
                                                                       10        PVA President’s Memorial Day Message
                                                                                                                                            was there an open position in his area of interest, but it was in his hometown of San Diego. Needless to
                                                                       10        Government Relations                                       say he was ecstatic. Francisco received his prosthesis in November.
             PVA SERVICE OFFICE                                        11        PVA Testifies on Long-Term Care &                          After a month of therapy and learning how to use his new hand, Francisco was finally allowed to come
                  VA Regional Center                                                                                                        home to San Diego. His wife had one surprise in store for him. While he was in the hospital, his pla-
                                                                                 Medicaid
           8810 Rio San Diego Drive, Ste. 1121                                                                                              toon was thrown a “Welcome Home” parade in Fort Lewis, Washington. Since he was not able to par-
                  San Diego, CA 92108                                  12        The Federal Entitlement Maze                               take, Francisco’s wife arranged a ceremony at the Chula Vista City Hall. Francisco’s friends, family and
  (619) 400-5320 • (800) 795-3586 • FAX: (619) 400-0072                                                                                     Company Commander were all in attendance when the Mayor of Chula Vista, Stephen C. Padilla, pre-
           Service Officer - Sherman Gillums                           14        Staff Profile: Francisco Pinedo                            sented Francisco with a proclamation for his sacrifice and service to his country.
              Secretary - Cindi Kourbelas                                  The views and opinions expressed in the “Beachcomber” are
                                                                           not necessarily a direct representation of the views or ideals
 Cal-Diego Officers               Board of Directors                       of Cal-Diego PVA.We hereby disclaim any responsibility for
                                  Johnny Sandoval                          opinions expressed herein.
 President
                                  Jim Russell
 Al Kovach
                                  Richard Johnson
 Vice President                   Marie Munoz
 Bill Palmer                      Mark Cordova
                                  Paul Herman
                                                                                     Calendar of Events
 Treasurer

 Secretary                                                                                        June 9
 Marie Munoz                                                                             Cal-Diego Board Meeting
 Appointments                     Cal-Diego Office Staff                                  SD VA Medical Center
 National Director                Executive Director
 Jim Russell                                                                                  June 27 - July 1
                                  Kelly Price Noble
 Finance                                                                                     National Veterans
 Don Hyslop                       Government Relations
                                                                                            Wheelchair Games
 Government Relations             Director
                                                                                           Minneapolis, Minnesota
 Wayne Landon                     Wayne Landon
 Hospital Liaison                 Administrative Assistant
 Al Kovach                        Kimberley Martini                                              July 14
 Membership &                     Newsletter & Web Editor                                Cal-Diego Board Meeting
 Volunteers                       Travis Perreira                                         SD VA Medical Center
 Bill Palmer
 Sports & Recreation
 Paul Herman
                                                                                    The mission of Cal-Diego Paralyzed Veterans
 Frequenty Requested Phone Numbers                                                  Association is to improve the quality of life of
 DAV (donation pickups)           Paul Danielson, Attorney                            US Military Veterans and others who have
 858.642.6454                     619.437.1577
                                                                                      spinal cord dysfunction through the use of
 VA Healthcare System             Wheelchair Repair
 858.552.8585                     858.552.7415                                        education, advocacy, research, sports and
                                                                                           recreation, and communication.

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              SCI
                                              Staff Spotlight: Francisco Pinedo                                      President’s Message

                                              I
        Education Series                         t was only last September


                                                                                                                     T
                                                 when our new Prosthetics                                                    here have been many changes in the office this month. I am sorry
     Classes are open to the SCI/D com-          Representative         Intern,                                              to report that Cal-Diego PVA’s Board Secretary, Tammy Jones,
     munity. Classes are held in the VA San   Francisco Pinedo, was stationed
                                              in the Iraqi City of Mosul. His                                                will be moving to San Antonio. Board Member, Marie Munoz,
     Diego HS SCI Center Patient Dining
     Room from 12:30-1:15 pm.                 Army platoon was given the                                             will assume Tammy’s role as Secretary. Sports Director, Joe Garrett,
                                              task of policing the city, which                                       has stepped down from the Cal-Diego PVA Board for personal rea-
 Friday, June 17                              included coordinating with the
 Medical Complications in SCI                 special operations groups, raid-                                       sons, but will continue to serve on the Sports Committee. Board
                                              ing potential enemy strongholds                                        Member, Paul Herman will become Sports Director. Don
 Jan Prentice, PA                             and patrolling the area sur-                                                                                                                    Al Kovach
                                              rounding the US military base                                          Hyslop, Co-Founder of Cal-Diego PVA, will step down as Treasurer, but will continue to serve
 Tuesday, June 21                             set on what is now called Mosul “If I’m going to move                  on the Board. I appointed Joe Angeles to the Board. And, if approved, to serve as Cal-Diego
                                              International Airfield.      His forward, I need to get
 Managing your attendant                      Stryker unit was the first to get out of the Army, get                 PVA’s Treasurer.
 Phillip Dozier, PCA Coordinator              hit by enemy fire. Francisco’s home and get a job.”
                                              platoon was based in a run-down hotel in the center of the city.
                                              At all hours of the night, the compound was constantly being           Dave Parkinson, PVA National Field Officer, is transferring to his hometown of Pittsburg. Dale
 Friday, June 24
                                              bombarded by mortars.                                                  Jones, Prosthetics Intern, has accepted a position with the VA in San Antonio. Lastly, Mona
 Eating Right for Health
 Erin Hudson, R.D.                                                                                                   Oge, SCI Social Worker, will be leaving the VA to direct the grant and perdium program for
                                              On September 4th, 15 days before he was to return to the US,
                                              Francisco’s Stryker Unit was seeking out insurgents intending          Healthcare for Homeless Veterans.
 Tuesday, June 28                             on shooting mortars on the military base when a huge flash
                                              came from a telephone pole. He was standing about waist
 Bladder Management, Part I                   high in the back of the Stryker when the improvised explosive          We regret to see them leave us, but Cal-Diego PVA wishes them fair winds and following seas.
 Heather Bivens, BSN, RN                      device was remotely detonated. Francisco immediately fell into
                                              the vehicle. Instinctively, he started ordering his gunner to
                                              inform the rest of the platoon. The gunner quickly noticed             National Liaison Vice President, Ken Weas, visited Cal-Diego PVA to conduct an assessment of
 Friday, July 1                               Francisco’s right hand barely hanging from his forearm.                our operations. It appears that “Cal-Diego PVA is providing and maintaining its required man-
 Bladder Management, Part II                  Shrapnel penetrated his wrist and continued on through his
                                              bullet-proof vest and was lodged in his chest. His eyesight was
                                                                                                                     dated programs and providing a well-rounded varity of services to our 500 plus membership.”
 Angela Joseph, MSN, CURN
                                              saved by a pair of Oakley sunglasses that to this day are still lit-
                                              tered with pieces of shrapnel. As Staff Sergeant, he insisted          We were complimented on our strong working relationship and open door policy with Dr.
 Tuesday, July 5                              that every member of his squadron take the Combat Lifesaver
 Preventing Pressure Ulcers, Part I           Course prior to deployment. The measures they took saved his           Gerhart, SCI Chief and other VA leadership. We were recognized for our involvement in the
 Michelle Surwillo, PT                        life. Later, his squadron revealed it was his calmness that            Disabled Community and local government.
                                              scared them the most. They assumed he was in a state of
                                              shock.
 Friday, July 8                                                                                                      This month our membership hit an all time high of 502! This gives us more voting power at the
 Preventing Pressure Ulcers, Part II          Once the squadron arrived at the hospital, due to a shift
                                              change, Francisco had 3 doctors working on him within ten              National Level.
 Fatima Harkous, BSN, RN
                                              minutes. For ten hours, they tried feverishly to save his hand,
                                              but the muscle and bone loss forced them to amputate. At first,
                                              Francisco was considered to be in critical condition due to all
 Contact the SCI Center at                    the blood loss, yet, he was declared stable enough to fly two                            Ticket Reimbursement Program
 (858) 552-7453 for future                    and half days later. During his five days in Germany, he under-
                                              went five surgeries to clean out the wounds and avoid infec-              Receive $50 from Cal-Diego PVA for attending fun events, such as museums, Chargers
 class schedules.                             tion. Finally, he was allowed to come back to the US. His                 games, Padres games, Sea World, plays, movies, and concerts.
                                              mother, wife of five years, Michelle, and infant son, Julian, met
                                              him at the airport in Washington, DC. Since Julian was born               The Ticket Reimbursement Program is still available for members.You may submit
                                              while Francisco was in Iraq, this was the first time he was able
                                              to hold his son. The Fisher House was quick to provide his                your tickets to entertainment events to Cal-Diego PVA for reimbursement of up
                                              family room and board as soon as he was admitted to Walker                to $50 for the six-month period from January 1 to June 30.
                                              Reed Army Medical Center on September 11th. After many

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Executive Director’s Message                                                                                           VA Compensation/Pension & Supplemental Security Income (SSI)


C     al-Diego PVA is undergoing a grand metamorphosis: a change in Executive
      Directors, many transformations throughout our Board and changes in SCI staff;
      however, it is all positive. Change is constant and with it comes opportunity for
growth.
                                                                                                                       Supplemental Security Income is based on need and is affected by other sources of income.
                                                                                                                       Generally, the more income you have, the less your SSI benefit will be. The SSI Federal Benefit lim-
                                                                                                                       its are $579 for an individual and $869 for a married couple. For example, a single veteran who is
                                                                                                                       rated at 30% disability receives $324 and will get an additional $255 in SSI for a maximum month-
As we settle into our 25th year, proudly serving Paralyzed Veterans, by offering                                       ly income of $579. Since VA benefits are considered unearned income (any income you receive other
members opportunities to volunteer, educate and serve one another in a myriad of                                       than wages or earnings from self–employment), if your VA Pension is over the SSI Federal Benefit
ways, we hope to increase community awareness about the things we do as an
organization. One of the most recent events, promoting awareness about the dis-
                                                                                                                       limit, you cannot receive SSI benefits. In order to qualify for SSI, a veteran must be disabled or 65
abled community, was this past Sunday when the Chapter sponsored Reflections              Kelly Price Noble            and over, and have $2000 or less in countable resources if single or $3000 or less if married (not
VI, an art exhibition of fine art by artists with disabilities. Thank you to all who were able to attend, especially   including home, and in some cases car, insurance, or personal property). Earned income, or wages,
our sponsors the City of San Diego Therapeutic Recreation Services, San Diego Committee on Employment of               reduces SSI one dollar for every two dollars earned; unearned income such as VA Pension and SSDI
People with Disabilities, Navy Federal Investments & Insurance, the Ability Center, and Dr. & Mrs. Kline A. Price,     reduces SSI one dollar for every dollar of unearned income; and in-kind income, like free money for
Jr. In addition, I would like to thank Pamplemousse Grill, Café Japengo, San Diego Catering Concepts, and Jakob
Gerhardt USA, Inc. International Brokerage for providing us with delightful fare and drink. The evening could not      food, shelter and clothing, reduces SSI by one-third. Additionally, some of your income may not even
have been complete without the fine direction of “Moki” Martin and Kathy Gerrald-Riojas. Lastly, I would like          count as income, such as the first $20 of most income or first $65 of earnings received in a month,
to give a heartfelt thanks to Cal-Diego PVA staff: Kim, Lee and Travis and ALL the volunteers who each added           food stamps, income tax refunds, grants, scholarships, fellowships or gifts used for tuition and edu-
personal touches to the event.                                                                                         cational expenses, etc. Finally, since the SSI benefit is affected by income, care must be taken to
                                                                                                                       avoid overpayment of SSI.
PVA’s Neighborhood Campaign has begun. Volunteers will be out asking for pledges to help support local PVA
Chapters and their programs. If you are interested in participating in this family and friends outreach, please feel
free to contact me. The program is a great way to raise awareness and funds, which will assist veterans receive        A Few Words on Healthcare
health care benefits, enjoy wheelchair sports and fully participate in society. The monies raised through this pro-
gram will also help fund vital spinal cord research to find new treatments and give new hope to paralyzed veter-       Depending on which federal benefits a veteran receives, there are a number of healthcare options
ans.                                                                                                                   available. Veterans receiving VA Compensation or Pension are entitled to healthcare at any VA med-
Announcements! The California Wellness Foundation awarded the Cal-Diego PVA Transportation Program a                   ical facility. For those who get SSDI, they are entitled to federal health insurance, called Medicare,
$10,000 grant! The funds will help pay for drivers’ salaries, fuel, maintenance, and vehicle insurance.                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
I am also please to report that the Beachcomber is the recipient of the 2005 Bob Webb Excellence in a Newsletter       deductibles. Low-income Medicare recipients may qualify to also receive Medicaid benefits. For vet-
Award for the “Most Improved” chapter newsletter!
                                                                                                                       erans who are eligible for full Medicaid coverage, the Medicare health care coverage is supplement-
Many thanks to the Board of Directors for approving my promotion to Executive Director. I grew up in a med-            ed by services that are available under their state's Medicaid program.
ical family and was affiliated with the Navy for over eleven years, so to tell you the truth; I have never been more
at home. Supporting Cal-Diego PVA and its mission is why I am here. My vision for the organization is to get us        And Now You Know
out more into the community and to have the community to get to know us. Please feel free to contact me. I wel-
come your suggestions.
                                                                                                                       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 receiv-
                                                                                                                       ing social security benefits. The Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 allows fed-
                                                                                                                       eral agencies, like the VA and Social Security Administration, the ability to cross reference the appli-
                                                                                                                       cation and receipt of federal benefits; which is often times the reason that changes in entitlement can
                    Congratulations to Art King                                                                        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 mat-
                      for being awarded the                                                                            ter 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
                   Exceptional Honor Medallion                                                                         the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or log onto Social Security Online at
                      from VASDHS for his                                                                              http://www.ssa.gov .

                     15,000 hours of service.



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          Working through the Federal Entitlement Maze:                                                         Farewell & Good Luck Mr. & Mrs. Jones!!!
                  Understanding Your Benefits
                          by Sherman Gillums, Jr., PVA National Service Officer

     As 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 various programs and how they affect each other can be
     overwhelming to many, especially when the danger of overpayment, reduction of benefits and
     changes in entitlement must be heeded. In the following, we will discuss each program and how they
     interrelate.

     VA Compensation & Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

     A veteran receives VA Compensation for a service-connected disability and will be entitled to receive
     Social Security Disability Insurance if that veteran earned enough work credits to qualify, the num-
     ber of which changes each year. In 2005, a veteran earned one credit for each $920 of wages or self-
     employment income. Once he or she earned $3,680, a yearly maximum of four credits were earned
     for the year. Generally, a veteran needs 40 credits, 20 of which earned in the last 10 years ending with
     the year of disability. That said, younger disabled veterans may qualify with fewer credits.                     Dale & Tammy were recognized for their       The Jones’ cut into a cake bearing the photo
     Neither VA compensation nor SSDI is based on income since recipients are paid to compensate for                  dedication by VASDHS CEO Gary Rossio            from last month’s Beachcomber cover,
     a loss. The amount of VA Compensation paid can vary depending on the disability rating which can                 and Cal-Diego PVA President Al Kovach.            showing them on their motorcycle
     be between 0% and 100%, while SSDI requires total disability. Recipients should be aware that VA
     Compensation and SSDI can be received simultaneously with any possibility of overpayment.
     Being that a claimant must have paid into social security for at least 5 years or earned enough cred-                                                      South Coast Harley-Davidson has been owned and
     its before drawing the SSDI benefit, spouses who also function as a veteran’s caregiver should con-
     sider paying into the social security system as a “paid attendant” so that the care giving spouse will
                                                                                                                On The Road!!!                                  operated by our
                                                                                                                                                                family since 1986.
     be entitled to SSDI in the event that the spouse becomes disabled.                                                                                         Tom and Marianna
                                                                                                                                                                did everything from
     VA Pension & SSDI                                                                                                                                          1986     to   2002.
                                                                                                                                                                Thereafter Anastasia
     A wartime-period veteran will be entitled to VA Pension for a non-service connected total disability                                                       has been, and still is,
     not due to willful misconduct or after reaching age 65, and cannot work in either case. The same
                                                                                                                                                                in charge of day to
     work-credits criteria for SSDI applies to veterans receiving pension, except in this case that same vet-
                                                                                                                                                                day operations.
     eran’s SSDI based on work credits earned (a minimum of 20 needed to qualify) will affect his or her
     pension payments. For example, a veteran receiving VA Pension with a spouse and in receipt of Aid          Our transportation program is up and running.
     and Attendant can only make $1674 a month, which can consist of an SSDI payment of $1000 and                                                               South Coast is presently located at 345 E Street in
                                                                                                                          Please call us for a ride.            Chula Vista. Later this summer, we will be moving to
     a pension payment of $674.
     While many will agree that even a family of two will find it very difficult to live off of $1674, espe-      Always looking for drivers. $10 per hour.     our new 43,000 square foot building at 3201 Hoover
     cially in San Diego, SSDI can be offset by unreimbursed medical expenses (UMEs), such as monies                                                            in National City.
     paid for medicine, attendant care, mileage to medical appointments, etc. Medical expenses may be                          Duties Include:
     used to reduce other countable income for purposes of increasing pension benefits. To be deducted                        Fueling the van.                  When we move, our name will change to Sweetwater
     from income, unreimbursed medical expenses must exceed 5% of the VA Maximum Annual Pension                  Transporting PVA members in wheelchairs.       Harley-Davidson/Buell. Same folks, same attitude,
     Rate. The annual total of UMEs should be the same year to year to avoid pension reductions due to                   No heavy lifting involved.             more merchandise, more space but the same pleasant
     overpayments. Since VA Pension benefits are affected by income, it is this benefit where the poten-                                                        experience. Come and visit, the coffee is always on!
                                                                                                                    The Van is not hand-control equipped.
     tial for overpayment lies.                                                                                                                                 Enjoy our new roof deck, which will be available for
                                                                                                                  Please contact Lee Fouts at 858-518-1268.     motorcycle group activities.


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                                           “REFLECTIONS VI”
                            An Exhibition of Fine Art by Artists with Disabilities
                                                                                                                                    PVA Testifies on Reform Proposals Affecting
                                                By P.L. “Moki” MARTIN                                                                 Long-Term Care & Medicaid Programs
    The sixth showing of “REFLECTIONS,” an exhibition of fine art by artists with disabilities, was a tremendous
    success. This annual art-show was presented by Cal-Diego PVA and was on display in the Santa Fe Room of the             Washington, DC—Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Associate Advocacy Director Lee Page testified
    Balboa Park Club from May 22 through May 29, 2005. Held in association with the City of San Diego Parks and             yesterday before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health. The hearing
    Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Services and the San Diego Committee on Employment of People with                     focused on the spiraling costs and the need for reform of Medicaid long-term services.
    Disabilities, “REFLECTIONS VI” was made possible by the hard-working members of Cal-Diego PVA’s Art
    Committee.
                                                                                                                            Page stated that “For non-veteran people with disabilities, Medicaid is perhaps the most critical program
    Reflections VI sponsors were Navy Federal Investment and Insurance, San Diego Committee on Employment of                essential to their well-being.” He cited the need to re-deploy Medicaid’s resources toward community-
    People with Disabilities, City of San Diego Park & Recreation Therapeutic Services, the Ability Center, and Dr.         based long-term services and supports. “Currently, Medicaid has a spending bias based on a 1965 medical
    & Mrs. Kline A. Price, Jr.                                                                                              model that refers 70 percent of funding towards institutional settings and allows only 30 percent for com-
                                                                                                                            munity and home-based long-term supports and services.”
    Over 500 people attended this year’s event, which displayed the many artistic abilities of Cal-Diego PVA mem-
    bers as well as other artists with disabilities from the southern California area. 25 artists displayed 122 pieces of
    art in a multi-media, non-theme fine art show.                                                                          Praising Medicaid as source of progress for people with disabilities during the past 40 years, Page testified
                                                                                                                            that Congress must protect its fundamental structure. He identified several features that must be retained:
    Jess Dominguez, retired professor of art from San Diego State University, served as Art Judge for “REFLEC-              an enforceable individual entitlement to coverage; the strong federal-state partnership, in which the federal
    TIONS VI.” Professor Dominguez is an accomplished sculptor and artist of international renown who works in
                                                                                                                            government guarantees that it will match state spending, no matter how many people the program serves or
    all medias of art.
                                                                                                                            how costly the critical Medicaid services that are provided; and critical consumer protections that ensure
    T.K. Kathy Gerrald-Riojas from Vista, CA was the featured artist for “REFLECTIONS VI”. Kathy is known for               that, with limited exceptions, all Medicaid beneficiaries have a right to be treated equally and have a right
    her paintings, prints and sculptures of patriotism and Native American culture. A prolific artist in all medias,        to receive Medicaid-covered services when they are medically necessary.
    Kathy’s art is up before the V.A.’s National Creative Arts Festival for the third year running. Kathy is most
    deserved of the honor of featured artist of “REFLECTIONS VI.”                                                           Page addressed proposals that would shift the costs and responsibility for the delivery of long-term services
                                                                                                                            from the government to the private sector. “I am skeptical that . . . private long-term care insurance can
    For the fourth year in a row, Sam Bass of Radio KYXY, 96.5, graciously volunteered his time to serve as Master-
    of-Ceremony and Auctioneer. Noted for his fine voice, quick wit and dedication to “REFLECTIONS” and peo-                ever develop into a viable tool for retirement planning or for helping individuals and families to plan for
    ple with disabilities, Sam added that fine and professional touch to the night.                                         long-term care needs later in life,” adding that “private long-term care is not a policy solution for financing
                                                                                                                            the long-term care needs of non-elderly people with disabilities.”
    The reception for the artists evening was an exceptional event of fine art, food, wines, music, and company. Chef
    and owner Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grill in Del Mar provided his usual fine assortment gourmet desserts.
                                                                                                                            PVA has urged Congress enact the Medicaid Community Attendant Services and Supports Act, H.R. 910
    James Montejano, Executive Chef of Café Japengo Restaurant, served his wonderful sushi appetizers. A nice               and S. 401. These bills would mandate that states offer home and community-based services for people
    spread of fruits, vegetables, and cheese was provided by San Diego Catering Concepts. The wines were provid-            with disabilities who are in or are eligible for institutional settings.
    ed by Jakob Gerhardt. The J & L music combo added the final touch to the evening with great music.
                                                                                                                            Founded in 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), is the only congressionally chartered veterans
    “REFLECTIONS VI” showcased two and three-dimensional fine art that were judged for awards in eight differ-              service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of individuals with spinal cord
    ent divisions. A Best of Show and Best of Show Runner-up were also picked.
                                                                                                                            injury or disease. PVA is a dynamic, broad-based organization with more than 21,000 members in all 50
    The Best of Show Award went to “Polaris,” a beautiful sculpted gourd by Cal-Diego PVA’s own Jim Russell.                states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. To learn more about PVA, visit its Web site at
    Honorable Mention was a watercolor, “Fractured Jungle” by Moki Martin, also of Cal-Diego PVA. Please visit              www.pva.org.
    www.caldiegopva.org to see the division winners!
                                                                                                                            Contact:
    Both silent and live auctions were fun events this year. Most of the displaying artists donated a piece of art to be
                                                                                                                            David J. Uchic
    auctioned. Proceeds went to Cal-Diego PVA. Auctioneer Sam Bass did an outstanding job in holding the audi-
    ence attention. The crowd’s favorite was the last auction piece, a watercolor entitled “Drops” by Moki Martin.          Office: (202) 416-7667
    This piece of art is from the collection of art based on the poetry of John C. Harrell’s book, “Twenty years.”          Cell: (202) 368-7633
    Before bidding started, Sam read the poem.



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                                                                                                                                   “DROPS”
                                        Memorial Day 2005
                                      PVA President’s Message                                                                 During some season
                                                                                                                                    It rained
                                                                                                                               Each Afternoon.
      Though we often take it for granted, freedom is not a birthright. The liberties that we, as Americans,                  Hot steaming drops.
     enjoy were gained through hard-fought battles at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives. I hope that
                                                                                                                          When the helicopters came
     you will take a moment this Memorial Day to remember the men and women who died in service to our
                                                                                                                                Drops of blood
                     country and the freedoms that were earned and upheld by this sacrifice.                               Made beautiful mosaics
                                                                                                                                In the puddles.
       The Paralyzed Veterans of America pays tribute to all who died serving this great nation. And, as con-                  Swirling, mixing
      flicts rage on in many parts of the world today, we also pray for the safety of our current armed forces.           No two pools ever the same.
                                                                                                                           Some dark pomegranate
                          Their lives are at risk daily; and we honor that service as well.                                    Some peppermint
                                                                                                                              Moving, changing.
     President Calvin Coolidge warned that the nation that forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten. As the         Each man’s blood blending
      fight for freedom around the world goes on, the death toll inevitably rises with it. We must vow to never                 With his friends              Top: Tom Marshall, Kim Korenek & Bill Salisbury
                               take for granted the lives lost or the liberties gained.                                            And foes.                  Bottom: Moki & Mike Martin and the poet, John Harrell
                                                                                                                    January, 1991, by John C. HARRELL, LCOL, USA/ Ret


                                           Budget Update                                                            The bidding was intense from the very start. At the $350.00 mark, only two bidders remained. In increments of
                                                                                                                    $25.00, Sam kept the crowd in awe as the two bidders continued their determined bidding. On one side was Bill
                           by Wayne Landon, Government Relations Officer                                            Salisbury, SEAL Teammate of Moki. On the other side was Dr. / Brigadier General Harold Shively, Army buddy
                                                                                                                    of the poet, John Harrell and collector of Moki’s art.
 The 2006 Veteran’s Health Care budget is the most important legislation presently facing United States             At $625.00, Dr. Shively relented and Bill Salisbury bought “Drops.” Bill immediately asked Auctioneer Sam Bass
 Veterans. The budget directly affects quality and quantity of almost all benefits and services veterans’           to give “Drops” to “the lady in red,” Kim Korenek, sitting in the audience. Kim is the daughter of recently passed
 will receive in the upcoming year and beyond.                                                                      Ron Ostrander, a SEAL Team member who served with Bill and Moki in Viet Nam. Dr. Shively wanted “Drops”
                                                                                                                    to give to his Army buddy and poet, John Harrell.
 The proposed funding level for veteran’s medical care is totally inadequate. It is a clear indication that
 the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country are not a national priority. It is an             All felt this emotional high and there was not a dry eye in the ballroom.
 insult for the House Military and Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee to
                                                                                                                    The artwork varied from the traditional to the modern, the abstract to the surreal, and from the loose to the com-
 totally disregard the need for adequately funding of the medical needs of veterans, who are returning
                                                                                                                    plex. A wide variety of subjects, styles and sizes greeted the viewers in the Santa Fe Room. The Balboa Park
 from Iraq and Afghanistan and those veterans already within the VA Health Care System. Without this                Club is an ideal location for a multi-media art show such as “REFLECTIONS.” The credit for this goes to the
 additional funding, the VA may not be to meet the needs of our nation’s protectors who have been prom-             San Diego Parks and Recreation Department and Penny Scott.
 ised quality health care.
                                                                                                                    A heartfelt Thank-You goes out to Cal-Diego PVA, San Diego Committee on Employment of People with
 Under legislation passed by the House Military and Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs Appropriations             Disabilities, and the many volunteers throughout the “REFLECTIONS VI” event who helped to set up and take
 Subcommittee, funding for the veterans health care system would rise just 3% above the current level.              down the art show.
 That is nowhere near the 13% or 14% annual funding increase needed just to treat veterans already in
 the system, let alone the anticipated influx of those returning from Iraq and the war on terrorism.                The Cal-Diego Art committee members who made “REFLECTIONS VI” possible are Al Kovach, Kelly Price
                                                                                                                    Noble, Kim Martini, T.K. Kathy Gerrald-Riojas, Elizabeth Kaplan, and Moki Martin.
 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would receive a total of $68.1 billion in fiscal year 2006, up             The many volunteers that helped to bring “REFLECTION VI” are Susanne Audet, Elizabeth Kaplan, Julie Hecht,
 from this year’s level of $65.8 billion. VA health care funding would be $28.8 billion, up $631 million            Clark Burnett, Kevin Starks, Rita Clement, Catherine Bailes, Keith Bailes, Paula Hendrix, Steve South, Kim and
 from 2005.                                                                                                         Chris Korenek. Special Thanks to those that sat during the art show: David Smith, Bill Striegel, Joe Garrett, Bill
                                                                                                                    Miller, Ron Meloche, Chuck Giles, Laura Sullivan, Kathy Gerrald-Riojas, and Moki Martin.
 As stated in the Independent Budget, veteran’s organizations are recommending $31.2 billion for veter-
 an’s medical care. Anything less will be detrimental to providing the high caliber health care promised            For more information on REFLECTIONS, please visit Cal-Diego PVA’s web-site www.caldiegopva.org or call
 to veterans.                                                                                                       Kelly Price Noble or Kim Martini at 858.450.1443.



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                                                                                                                                                                                   Sam Bass & Moki Martin
Volunteers Marie Munoz & Joe Garrett at registration.                                                            Attendees enjoy Pamplemousse Grill’s desserts.
                                                                 Magdalena Stani from
                                                               Jakob Gerhardt USA, Inc.




                                                  Wayne Hosaku, Mimi Thompson and Anne & Paul Herman                                                Moki awards Nina Robinson
                                                                                                             Paula presents Wayne Hosaku the         First Place in Drawing.
                   J.L. Trio                                                                                 Second Place Award in Acrylics.                                           Catherine Rickard & Mike Shirk




       Art Judge Jess Dominguez & Suzanne Audet                       Paula showcases Don Hyslop’s
                                                                                                                                   Paula Hendrix (red & black dress) and Sam Bass (front) along
                                                                    watercolor print for the live auction.
                                                                                                                                   with committee members Kim Martini, T.K. Gerrald-Riojas,
Photos provided by Tom Marshal & Bill Striegel.                                                                                    Kelly Price Noble, Moki Martin and Travis Perreira.

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