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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.
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After his time in the Navy, Angelo had nightmares. Years later, he drove a truck in Iraq for a private contractor. When he came home, he had flashbacks and couldn't get out of bed. He felt hopeless. After seeing a counselor, he felt relieved to talk about his challenges. He is sleeping well, and his relationships are better than ever.
Today Under Secretary for Health Dr. David Shulkin spoke at #ATA2016 about the promise of Telehealth and how it’s helping us care for more Veterans. Telemedicine is more convenient for many of our Veterans and both research -- and our Veterans themselves -- tell us that it works.
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. Did you know that effective hepatitis C treatments are now available? Talk to your doctor about testing and treatment today. Get the facts. Get tested. Get treatment. #HepAware http://go.usa.gov/ctMxP
Memorial Day is coming up. Find out where you can honor our fallen warriors across the country.
Private Herbert Kailieha Pilila'au’s Medal of Honor Citation says it all: Pfc. Pililaau, a member of Company C, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. The enemy sent wave after wave of fanatical troops against his platoon which held a key terrain feature on "Heartbreak Ridge." Valiantly defending its position, the unit repulsed each attack until ammunition became practically exhausted and it was ordered to withdraw to a new position. Voluntarily remaining behind to cover the withdrawal, Pfc. Pililaau fired his automatic weapon into the ranks of the assailants, threw all his grenades and, with ammunition exhausted, closed with the foe in hand-to-hand combat, courageously fighting with his trench knife and bare fists until finally overcome and mortally wounded. When the position was subsequently retaken, more than 40 enemy dead were counted in the area he had so valiantly defended. His heroic devotion to duty, indomitable fighting spirit, and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit upon himself, the infantry, and the U.S. Army.
May 17th is World Hypertension Day. Sodium is a silent killer that increases the risk of high blood pressure, which if undetected can raise the risk of heart and kidney failure. Americans often eat more than the recommended 2,300 mg of sodium per day. Check your choices by taking this quiz, then ask your doctor for a referral to your PACT dietitian to help you develop a game plan! #VANutrition
Today Nurses Week kicks off and we can’t even begin to thank VA’s incredible nurses enough for all that they do for our Veterans every day. It’s their commitment and skill that help us deliver ever-improving care to our Vets. Have a favorite VA nurse? Tell us about them!
Our nation's greatest heroes have heroes of their own. Thank you to all the spouses who support, love and care for those who served.
People often blush at the subject of sex, but for many Veterans intimate relationships are an important facet of reintegration when returning home. That means it’s important to VA as well.
Clinical video telehealth (CVT) is an innovative way to deliver therapy services into a Veteran’s home. The Veteran is able to see and hear the therapist in real time, just as they would during an in-person home visit. The VA Central Iowa Health Care System uses CVT to delivery physical, occupational and speech therapies into the homes of rural Veterans in central Iowa. Read more about this and other ways VA’s Office of Rural Health increases access to care for rural Veterans in “The Rural Connection” newsletter.
U.S. Army Veteran George Wankmueller served for 20 years before joining Central Texas VA Health Care System to help care for his fellow Veterans.
“For an engineer in VHA to be selected for this honor is truly special as this recognizes the role that professional engineers such as Linda Sue have in the daily operations of our medical centers in delivering safe and quality health care to our Nation’s veterans.”
Happy Older Adults Month! Older adults are a growing and increasingly vital part of our country. The contributions they make to our communities are varied, deeply rooted, and include influential roles in the nation’s economy, politics, and the arts. The 2016 Older Americans Month (OAM) theme, “Blaze a Trail,” emphasizes the ways older adults are reinventing themselves through new work and passions, engaging their communities, and blazing a trail of positive impact on the lives of people of all ages. #OAM16 #Caring4Vets
A recent study of female Veterans in VA care found that OEF/OIF/OND Veterans were nearly twice as likely to experience symptoms of chronic multisymptom illness, including fibromyalgia, compared to those who did not deploy. May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month—learn more about the condition and how it might be related to military service: http://go.usa.gov/ctWgW.
Five years in, VA’s post 9/11 Caregiver Support program has served over 30,000 caregivers of Veterans. We continue to applaud and support caregivers across the country for their dedication and service to caring for our nation’s Veterans. http://www.caregiver.va.gov/
It’s time to get moving! Join the 6th Annual VA2K Walk and Roll on Wednesday, May 18. Together with community members, Veterans, and VA employees, we’ll cover 1.2 miles. Donations of food and clothing to benefit homeless Veterans are also welcome.
“The stigma — not just in the military but across the world — the stigma is a big issue. I don’t have all the answers, but just being able to talk about it early on is a big deal.”
Every month the man running VA's health care system does something unexpected for his position: he cares for Veteran patients face to face.
We hear about Veterans mental health a lot these days, and for good reason. Mental health care is just as important for Vets as physical health care, and VA recognizes this. During Mental Health Awareness Month make sure the Veterans in your life know that support and care is available. #Step4ward https://maketheconnection.net/resources/mental-health-awareness-month
Today in 1945 millions streamed out into the streets of Europe as they celebrated the formal acceptance of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender. U.S. troops played a massive role in the victory, and the world is forever grateful to them.
To all the moms who serve, and all the moms whose children served, we say thank you. Happy Mother’s Day.
VA physician Dr. Apar Ganti tells how he and his colleagues “bend backwards” to serve Veterans in rural Nebraska. VA benefits specialist and Veteran Scott Jenkins says, “I treat every claim as if it were my own.” Voices of Integrity features the personal stories of VA employees who tell in their own words what integrity means to them as they work to serve Veterans. Take a listen! http://www.ethics.va.gov/voicesofintegrity.asp
In 1975 President Ford marked this date as the end of the Vietnam Era, officially ending the Vietnam War in terms of those serving. Today, as more Vietnam Veterans come to VA for care, we are working hard to make sure they receive the best care anywhere.
As the weather warms, it’s that time of year to seek out bountiful spring and summer produce at your local farmer’s market. Here is a convenient search engine where you can locate markets by ZIP code. Your dietitian can provide more ideas for healthy eating – ask your primary care provider or Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) for a referral today. #VANutrition https://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets