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A red, white and blue cake denotes the 105th birthday of the "Judge"WWII Veteran Turns 105 at VA Boston's CLC
A retired judge and WWII Veteran celebrates his 105th birthday at VA Boston's Community Living Center. Judge Leighton was surrounded by staff, family and admirers as he reflected on the past 105 years.
Patient and Provider talk about whole health goalsOctober is Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month
“Veterans who have a good experience are more likely to return for care, and thus focusing on the Veteran experience will strengthen loyalty and maintain VA Boston as the provider of choice for Veterans,” said Ritter.
Dr. Michael Charness, Chief of Staff, VA Boston Healthcare SystemCombining a Passion for Music and Medicine
“When a musician can’t play, they are losing not only possibly their livelihood, but also the talent that brings joy in life,” said Michael Charness, 66, a neurologist and accomplished musician.
Hands next to each other forming a circle  thats reads BE THERE inside the circleSuicide Prevention: Communication & Collaboration
Each day an average of 20 Veterans die by suicide. Pause a moment to do some simple math. That number translates into nearly one death an hour of each day. Suicide is an issue that requires an enormous prevention effort.
Man on a SurfboardCan Exercise Help Reduce Chronic Pain and PTSD?
Having healthy alternatives for dealing with physical and mental pain is important to everyone. There is a new study at the VA Boston Healthcare Jamaica Plain Campus that is looking at how people who suffer...
“​Look, Ma, no hands!”: Jay Keyser’s eighteen-month journey from incapacitation to learning how to stand by himself.The Best Health Care Money Can’t Buy
I was flat on my back staring in terror at the hall ceiling, like a turtle some malicious child had upended. I couldn’t move my arms or legs. My wife, Nancy, heard me cry out. She came running and saw me...
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Staff at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center participate in a PINK OUT every Monday in October to promote breast cancer awareness.Breast Cancer Awareness Information for Veterans
The Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center's Women's Clinic has acquired a new state of the art 3D imaging mammography unit which allows superior imaging leading to earlier detection.
Veteran Brandon Thompson at the Aspire Center in San DiegoASPIRE Center Helps Veterans Get Their Life Back
Here's one Veteran's story about finding a “good place to be” thanks to VA's Aspire Center in San Diego, a 40-bed facility aimed at promoting recovery in Veterans returning from combat.
Wendy Schuster, LPN, with Veteran Stacy Coleman getting ready for an appointmentVA Provides Comprehensive Care for Women Veterans
The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center and clinics in Michigan and Wisconsin cared for over 1,100 women Veterans in 2016, providing a full continuum of care for women Veterans.
Palm Trees and cloudy skyMy HealtheVet: Vital Resource During Emergency
During an emergency, Veterans enrolled in My HealtheVet can access their medication refills, health records and other valuable tools when medical centers and other facilities are inaccessible.
Runner on the beachWith VA Adaptive Sports, life has become a joy
It's more than therapy. The Veterans Summer Sports Clinic offers many exciting recreational opportunities for Veterans accepting the challenge to strengthen their bodies and improve their self-worth.
HealtheVet New Home pageMy HealtheVet has a New Look - Check it Out!
The next generation of My HealtheVet is here, and we think you will like what you see! The new site was recently redesigned with new colors and a cleaner look. Check it out today!
Veteran and volunteer in golf kartNational Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament
The National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament, being held this week in Iowa City, Iowa, gives disabled Veterans an opportunity to learn new skills and strengthen their self-esteem.
Veteran Daniel Glanz shows off the new prosthetic hand, an iLimb QuantumVeteran Receives High-tech Prosthetic Hand
Afghanistan Veteran Daniel Glanz has a brand new prosthetic hand, an iLimb Quantum, with functions that are programmable with a smartphone app and can change functions with a simple gesture.
Veteran Alexandrea Gries and her service dog ShermanVeteran talks about suicide to help other Veterans
Combat Veteran Alexandrea Gries shares her experiences with Veterans to help them overcome their obstacles and issues. “VA is probably the single biggest reason why I'm still alive.”
Richard Weaver, Registered Cardiac Invasive Specialist and Dr. Izzat Shah, M.D. Helping Hands for Healthy Hearts for PA Veterans
At the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, the new cardiac catheterization suite offers state-of-the-art care for area Veterans close to home. Less travel and loved ones by their side.

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