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2017 blue and white graphic announceing the 2017 Brain Trust Event in BostonVA Hosts Annual Brain Trust Event in Boston
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hosting its second annual Brain Trust: Pathways to InnoVAtion summit, to promote forward-thinking dialogue and innovative collaboration.
Michael E. Charness, M.D., is chief of staff at the VA Boston Healthcare SystemAlcohol and Pregnancy: Women Veterans
As we continue to observe Alcohol Awareness Month during April, it is an appropriate time to learn more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and its potential impact on women Veterans and others.
Tina Lavallee poses with a crossbow2107 Winter Sports Clinic; “It’s On!”
The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic (NDVWSC) is taking place in Snowmass Village, Colo., once again. This event has been hosted annually in Snowmass Village and symbolizes the resolve of disabled Vets...
New medications offer more than 90% cure rate with little to no side effectsVA Offers New Treatment to Veterans with Hepatitis
Veterans enrolled with the VA for their healthcare and who test positive for Hepatitis C (Hep C) can now be treated with a new class of medications for the price of their usual pharmacy co-pay.
Tara Galovski (left) and Amy Street, MED associate professors of psychiatry, are using a grant from the Walmart Foundation to create the Women Veterans Network to help female vets more successfully reintegrate into civilian life.Transition to Civilian Life for Women Veterans
Women make up 15 percent of US active duty troops, and they often face unique challenges during their deployment—and after they come home. Unlike veterans with physical wounds, post-traumatic stress disorder...
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

From the Veterans Health Administration

Male Veteran standing beside a horse.Veterans Conquer Depression with Equine Therapy
For some Veterans coping with depression, post-traumatic stress and even physical pain, spending some quality time with a horse (also known as equine therapy) might just be the perfect remedy.
Postpartum Depression Affects One-in-Seven New MothersWomen Veterans: Help for Postpartum Depression
Pregnant Women Veterans have an increased likelihood of a mental health issue and a higher risk for postpartum depression. Learn the symptoms and treatment options from VA's Women's Health Services.
Nurse Deb Lamberton provides relief during family members most stressful time. VA Nurse Helps Veterans Families, in Her Free Time
VA nurse Deb Lamberton knows how stressful it is for families during a Veteran's final days so she volunteers on her own time to provide them with stress relieving massages.
Two male veterans, seated, having a conversation.AF Veteran Helping Veterans Out of Addiction
Air Force Veteran Willie DeWayne Raulerson had been drinking for 50 years. But when he finally decided to ask VA for help he found not only sobriety, but a purpose in life.
Dave Miller assists homeless VeteransMarine Veteran is VA's Male Volunteer of the Year
Marine Corps Veteran David Miller has been volunteering at VA for over 25 years and has been named the 2017 National Male Volunteer of the Year. Miller served in Vietnam during the TET II offensive.
An elderly male Veteran in a wheelchair, entering a van.VA Helps Vietnam Veteran Get His Life Back
Dale Herb's life came to a grinding halt about a year ago when he lost the use of his legs and couldn't leave his home. Today, thanks to a little help from the VA, he's completely mobile again.
FC Vincent Savarino, bottom right corner, with members of the 8th Field Artillery, Battery A on a beach in Oahu, Hawaii in 1935Veteran Volunteer to Celebrate 100th Birthday
Woodrow Wilson was President when Veteran Volunteer Vincent Savarino was born. This month he will celebrate birthday number 100 during National Volunteer Week at the Wilkes-Barre VA medical center.
Male patient resting in bed following surgeryWith VA's Help, Waco Veteran Gets a Second Chance
Thirty-year-old Stephen Jacinto survived two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. It was only after he returned home to Waco, Texas, that the Air Force Veteran discovered his own mortality.
Veteran Brandon Myers removes his shoes from a wheelchair he used to harness an exoskeleton walking deviceRobotic Brace for Veterans of Spinal Cord Injury
It's called an Exoskeleton and it uses motion sensors and a computer control system to allow Veterans with spinal cord injuries to stand and take steps, with a little help.
A male wearing a BDU jacket speaking with a male counselor.Can Spiritual Therapy Ease Your PTSD Symptoms?
A researcher associated with the Augusta VA in Georgia is conducting a survey to see if Veterans coping with PTSD might be interested in having spirituality introduced into their therapy.

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