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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
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

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.
Surgeons looking at x-rays of patientImportant Office that Most People Have Never Heard
VA's National Center for Patient Safety is dedicated to preventing inadvertent harm or injury to Veteran patients. It's the engine under the hood that keeps things running smoothly and safely.
Fruit and Vegetable bowl Ten Ways to Eat Wisely - A Focus on Nutrition
VA encourages Veterans to focus on healthful eating. You don't need to change the way you eat overnight. Take your time, make small smart changes in your diet and you'll feel better and be healthier.
VAMC Director Isaacks visits with Veteran patientMarine Continues to Serve by Serving Veterans
David Isaacks served in the Marine Corps from 1998 to 2005. Today he continues to serve his country by serving Veterans as director of the Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Mo.
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.

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