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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.
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 the Veterans Health Administration

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.
Potted plants on displayVeteran Shares Green Thumb Hobby with Fellow Vets
An Iraq war Veteran tells his story of post-combat struggles and how Veterans Affairs health care professionals helped him commit to a better life and share his green thumb hobby.
Female soldier standing in front of American FlagVeteran Sexual Trauma Victims: You Are Not Alone
After Mary experienced Military Sexual Trauma, she was afraid to report it. She thought she was alone. She got help at VA and now wants to get the word out to other Veterans about MST coordinators.
Dr. Schutzer conducting researchVeterans Find Prostate Cancer Cure at McGuire
Veterans across America travel to McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond for treatment of moderate to aggressive forms of prostate cancer using “brachytherapy” a much better option for Veterans.

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