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Blue and white graphic of a geneVA Gets $1.5 Mil for Precision Oncology Program
VABHS Chief of Staff Michael E. Charness, M.D., said, “This innovative research program is a beacon of hope for Veterans everywhere who don’t have access to cutting edge treatments for cancer.”
(From left to right) Dan Boone, Amy Boone, Norm Kepner, Christine Kepner, Norm Jr., Sean DesRobertsGoing the Distance; the story of Norm Kepner, Sr.
Veterans suffer from many types of heart disease. Exposure to Agent Orange is one cause of Ischemic heart disease, one of the most common causes of heart failure. The most common heart diseases affecting Veterans...
From left to right are Principal Investigator Dr. Jacob Joseph, Project Manager Nicole Kosik, Project Coordinator Miriam Brody, Operations Manager Sharon Sharnprapai, Data Analyst Katherine Kurgansky, and Chief Data Manager Brian Charest.Possible Benefit from Higher Dose of Flu Vaccine
A VA Boston-based cardiology consortium completed its first year of a landmark clinical trial testing whether a higher dose of flu vaccine is superior to standard flu vaccine in reducing the risk of death...
U.S. and Romanian soldiers practice communicating through an interpreter during a Female Engagement Team practical exercise at Kandahar AirfieldGender Equality Linked to Better Cognitive Skills
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced findings from a Harvard study it funded that gender inequality impacts sustained attention, a critical thinking skill. The study showed where inequality was greatest...
VA Secretary Bob McDonald Speaks with Samuel Jay Keyser during a My VA meeting in the West Roxbury campusMy VHA Experience: Giving Back
I spent the morning in an ambulance. As ominous as that might sound, it was a blessing. I was being transferred from a not-for-profit private rehabilitation hospital to the VA hospital in West Roxbury
Officials attending Howard House opening stand on the steps of the new Veterans home.Historic Home Becomes Home to Our Nation's Heroes
Building on President Obama’s commitment to end Veteran Homelessness, the Veterans Administration announced today the opening of the Howard House, the result of a successful public private partnership...
Graphic of handwritten letterLetter: VA Deserves Recognition
Amid all the political hype and noise, you’ve probably all heard the negative reports about the Veterans Administration health care system. The majority of these reports cite bureaucracy...
George LeightonVA Boston Honors Historic Veteran
George Leighton celebrated his 104th birthday with more than 30 well-wishers who came to honor a man who has seen and been part of so much of our country’s history. Leighton’s history is indeed rich as well.
Image of US Flag with the text EVERY VETERAN DESERVES TO LIVE IN QUALITY HOUSINGMyVA Community Public Forum
VA Boston and the Community Veteran Engagement Board are pleased to announce and invite you to attend the first Massachusetts MyVA Community Public Forum on Sustainable Housing.
San Francisco and Boston VA employees stand together during Boston's visit.Coast to Coast: Innovation and Self Expression
A team from the VA Boston Healthcare System Center for Integrated Wellness and Self-Expression went to go visit the San Francisco PRRC program to exchange innovation ideas about creative and alternative modalities...

From the Veterans Health Administration

Lead Yoga Therapist Nancy Schalk.Can Yoga Ease Your PTSD? VA Wants to Find Out
A clinical research psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indiana is exploring the effects Yoga might have on Veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Concert, band playing on the stageVA's National Salute to Veteran Patients
Concerts, Valentines, and a lot of Americans saying Thank You, all part of VA's National Salute to Veteran Patients. Along with a chance for you to learn how you can volunteer to help our heroes.
Image of a Veteran holding a small rock.  A Journey to Vietnam, and Reconciliation
In December 2016 a group of Veterans along with VA providers and academics from around the country met in Vietnam to jointly experience a spiritual pilgrimage to facilitate recovery from the war.
Images of Julian Scadden at the bedside of a dying Veteran. Army Veteran Spends His Days Comforting the Dying
Nine years ago Julian Scadden, a 67-year-old Vietnam-Era Veteran who works as a housekeeper at the Denver VA, found his true calling in life: comforting dying Veterans on the hospital's hospice unit
Image of a group therapy session featuring both men and women.VA Giving Strength to Couples in Crisis
The Baltimore VA's Strength at Home program is designed to help Veterans who are experiencing physical or verbal abuse in their relationships, but don't know how to end the circle of violence.
Writer-Editor Rebekah E. Rickner interviews Veteran Richard BryeHonoring the Voices and Experiences of Veterans
My Life, My Story. A unique VA project that lets Veterans tell their VA care team about their life and careers, who they are as a person and then have their story added to their VA medical record.
Army Veteran boxercisingVeteran loses 30 pounds in VA's MOVE! program
Army Veteran, 65, lost more than 30 pounds and got in shape with VA's MOVE! program - lifting weights and attending fitness classes for cardio three times a week. Also, a little yoga and boxercise.
Image of doctor shaking hands with patientTransgender Vets, the VA, and Respect
Are you a transgender Veteran? The VA provides gender transition counseling, evaluations for hormone therapy, and evaluations for gender transition surgeries, along with a healthy dose of respect.
Dr. Eloise Harman and Army Vietnam Veteran Winston FigueroaDr. Eloise Harman - One of VA's Top Doctors.
Dr. Eloise Harman follows in her parents' footsteps in providing care for America's Veterans. And spends most of her free time volunteering to help others. Meet another one of VA's Top Doctors.
Female soldier burning old uniforms Nearly 100,000 Vets Enrolled in Burn Pit Registry
Veterans who had exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards during deployment are encouraged to join the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. Almost 100,000 Veterans have so far.

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