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Richard Pimentel — Veterans Day

Message from Richard Pimentel presented at his Church on Veterans Day 2017 On Veterans Day I’m am told that I can get a free donut and coffee at Krispy Cream, a free dinner at Golden Corral and more trouble from my wife Debbie than I can possibly imagine by having free wings at Hooters. Just think, all this because ...
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Does Paralympic sport benefit the right athletes?

Paralympic sport has come a long way from its humble beginnings at the Stoke Mandeville spinal cord injury unit in England just after the Second World War.  This small sporting event, which at the time used competition between those with similar injuries to assist the rehabilitation of wheelchair users, is now a worldwide phenomenon.  The movement now boasts a ...
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I May Not…

I may not walk the same, talk the same, or behave the same. I may have difficulty understanding you, but I’m not to blame. I may not look the same, so I have no shame in admitting that. I may not learn the same. It might be a delayed; but what’s wrong with that? I may not see the ...
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Seven Reasons I Know I Am Beautiful

I used to think beauty was measured on a purely physical level and my awkward, unusual appearance, caused by my Treacher Collins syndrome, was far from ideal. I wasn’t beautiful; I never would be. But I was wrong. While I admit to still fighting my insecurities even as an adult, I have grown to realize that what makes a ...
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You be the Judge?

I gave a speech entitled “Don’t Judge A Book: Uncovering Unconscious Bias” to a group of people who work at non-profits. I’ve given speeches on variations of this subject to other groups and one thing I know for certain is that this topic is very tricky. It’s called Unconscious Bias for a reason, it’s unconscious. The meaning of that ...
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Fishing as Therapy

  The road to Freedom began in 1967 in the central highlands of Vietnam. A predawn attack by the North Vietnamese left me with a paralyzed right arm, and a 60% paralyzed right leg. I was unable to speak, and suffering from PTSD that wouldn’t be diagnosed until 2015. I was medevacked from Vietnam to Japan and finally to ...
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Camp Powhatan, Harold Bingham, and the Pop-fly

As a nine year-old boy at summer camp, I had no idea that a single event that occurred one August would create a lifelong memory. Nor could I have suspected how much it would mean to me as parent of a teenage girl with autism 40 years later. It was 1975. My brother and I were at Camp Powhatan, ...
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Lessons From Israel’s Experience with its National Health Insurance Law and Possible Implications for the U.S. Affordable Care Act

  The key elements and objectives of Israel’s National Health Insurance Law (hereinafter – “the Israeli Law”), which has been in effect since January 1, 1995, are by and large similar to those of the U.S. Affordable Care Act (hereinafter – the U.S. Act”). There are however some fundamental structural differences between the laws which are worth pointing out ...
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Time to Empower Patients and People with Disabilities (Sen. Bob Casey)

Health care in the United States is in the midst of a transformation. Medical innovation is accelerating at an exponential rate, and policymakers are taking a new, modern approach to health care policy. When I was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2007, more than 15% of our nation lacked health insurance and insurance companies were permitted to discriminate ...
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Applauding Rick Curry (author Kenneth Roman)

“We don’t want you to applaud the disability. We want you to applaud the achievement.” Rick Curry, who was born without a right forearm, founded his theater company for the disabled after failing to get an audition for a mouthwash commercial. The receptionist thought he was sent as a practical joke, burst out laughing and refused to even send him ...