Army Veteran Finds Inspiration through Sports

Army Veteran Deanna Callender joins nearly 400 Veterans at the 2018 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colorado. By Mike Molina Public Affairs Specialist Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Deanna Callender has learned to focus without sight.  In 2007, the Army and Army National Guard Veteran was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease […]

Preparation Key for Veteran with Chronic Condition

Nicole Bundas, Army Veteran and human resources staffer at the Ann Arbor VA, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when she was training at Fort Dix for a deployment to Iraq. (Photo by Brian Hayes) By Mike Richman , Writer-Editor, VA Research Communications Tuesday, March 27, 2018 For Army Veteran Nicole Bundas, life is a constant […]

Gulf War Veterans – Research Volunteers Needed

VA researchers are looking for better treatments for Veterans with Gulf War Illness By Christina Rumage Miller, Education Specialist – NJ WRIISC Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Researchers at the New Jersey War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) are actively trying to develop better treatments for Gulf War Veterans with Gulf War Illness (GWI). […]

Meet Dr. Holst – Another One of VA’s Top Doctors

Dr. Holst examines a Veteran patient By Keith E. Gottschalk, Public Affairs Specialist, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Tuesday, March 13, 2018 VA has an exceptionally talented team of outstanding employees. We would like you to meet them, continuing with our dedicated staff of doctors. We are introducing our eminent doctors in a continuing feature: VA’s Top […]

Lung Cancer Screening Saves Veterans Lives

U.S. Army Veteran Jim Altman receives lung cancer screening facilitated by CT Technologist, Miguel Santiago at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center. By Melanie L. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist, Bay Pines VAHCS Tuesday, March 6, 2018 The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) is actively pursuing ways to deliver the best in health care […]

New Blood Culture ID System Improves Care for Vets

Medical Technologist Dionne Hockett operates the new BioFire Blood Culture Identification system which allows doctors to detect harmful microorganisms in blood samples in just a few hours after blood cultures become positive. By Chris Vadnais, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Public Affairs Officer Tuesday, February 20, 2018 VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) doctors recently rolled […]

National Salute to Veteran Patients Week

VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines By Hans Petersen Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Valentine’s Day is a great time to say thanks to America’s Veterans during our annual National Salute to Veteran Patients. All this week, we invite you to join us as we pay tribute to America’s […]

Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder By Dr. Esteban A. Gonzalez, Veterans Affairs Psychiatrist Tuesday, February 6, 2018 What is seasonal affective Disorder (SAD)? Seasonal Affective Disorder is a condition associated with feeling sad or blue during certain times of the year. It is a disorder that triggers symptoms of depression, most commonly in the […]

February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s Story

Betty Cunar A Veteran Nurse’s Story By Hans Petersen Tuesday, January 30, 2018 February is American Heart Month.  VA Women’s Health Services in collaboration with the American Heart Association is joining this national movement to raise awareness and education about heart disease and stroke among women Veterans. Here is one Veteran’s story….. Nurse Betty Canar […]

Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care

Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans’ Health Care By Melanie L. Thomas, MBA – Public Affairs Specialist, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Tuesday, January 23, 2018 The Department of Veterans Affairs is revolutionizing the use of new health care technology to deliver convenient, accessible health care to Veterans. VA’s TeleHealth service is mission critical to the future direction […]

Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans

New Mental Health Center at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center By Jason Dangel and Melanie Thomas, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, Office of Public Affairs. Tuesday, January 16, 2018 The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in Florida is modernizing and improving its facilities, programs, and services for the more than 108,000 Veterans it serves. […]

Minneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”

L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick Kelly By Ralph Heussner, Public Affairs Officer Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Just a few years ago, the new Minneapolis VA Health Care System’s “Integrative Center for Health & […]

Research Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans

Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia Paden. All photos by Mitch Mirkin By Mitch Mirkin, VA Research Communications Tuesday, January 2, 2018 If you’re up in years and don’t get around so well anymore, take heart from a group of seniors at the Baltimore VA Medical […]

Veterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA

Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and Employees By Willie M. Logan, Public Affairs Officer Tuesday, December 26, 2017 Veterans and employees look forward to celebrating the holidays at the Memphis Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. Each year, the executive leaders at the Memphis VA host six Holiday Open House events in December. […]

Veterans Creating a Brighter Future

Veterans Creating a Brighter Future Through Art! By Rosalia Scalia, Public Affairs Specialist Tuesday, December 19, 2017 At first, when presented with coloring books, Army Veteran Giles Diggs, 60, thought of a million things he’d rather do. “I wasn’t interested in coloring books,” said Diggs, whose life changed due to illness and injury in ways […]

Women Veterans: Retreat Healthy and Healing

Women Veterans retreat at Indian Lake, Adirondack Mountains — New York By Christopher “Todd” Goodman, Public Affairs Officer, Northport VA Medical Center Tuesday, December 12, 2017 For the past two summers, Northport VA Medical Center staff has used the serene setting of Indian Lake, nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, to create a healthy and healing […]

VA Using Simple Fix to Improve E.R. Visits

VA is taking steps to ensure Veterans receive coordinated follow-up care following a visit to the E.R. By Tom Cramer, Writer – VHA Digital Media Tuesday, December 5, 2017 The Department of Veterans Affairs is employing a relatively simple fix to make sure Veterans receive the follow-up care they need after being treated in an […]

Women, Depression and Heart Disease

The Risks for Female Veterans By Tom Cramer, Writer, VHA Digital Media Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Are you a female Veteran who’s anxious or depressed? Then chances are you may be at a higher risk for heart disease. Not exactly an uplifting thought, but it’s the conclusion of a recent study conducted by the Department […]

She Needed Someone to Listen. VA Did.

Suicide prevention is a top priority at the Department of Veterans Affairs. By Tom Cramer, VHA Office of Digital Media Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Melissa, 45, said she was not in a good place, emotionally speaking, when she retired from the Army in 2013.   After all, she had experienced her share of trauma during her […]

VA Scheduling Now Available Online

U.S. Army Veteran G. Paul Moffett schedules appointments online By Alan Greilsamer and Treva Lutes Tuesday, November 14, 2017 You can now manage your primary care and certain specialty care VA appointments online at participating VA facilities. You will need a Premium My HealtheVet Account to use online scheduling. If you do not have a […]