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A patient gets an eye exam at VAPAHCSVA Palo Alto Makes Resolutions to Help You Improve
At the start of the New Year many people use resolutions to reflect on and improve certain aspects of their lives. At VAPAHCS we thrive on improvement and want to play a positive role in your health resolutions for 2017.
Man in a forest with map and compassOne-Year Plan To Become Smoke-Free Campus
Join us for the Great American Smokeout as we kick off our one-year campaign to become a smoke-free campus. By next year’s Smokeout, we plan to reduce smoking at each division to one secluded location.
Pink cake that reads Thank you CaregiversVAPAHCS Celebrates Caregivers of VA Veterans
In honor of National Caregivers Month this November, the Caregiver Support Program at VAPAHCS will be celebrating at their San Jose, Monterey, Stockton and Livermore campuses.
Flu season is ahead - get your flu shot now!VA Palo Alto Offers Flu Vaccinations to Veterans
Free flu shots are available to Veterans within the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. The ten facilities of VAPAHCS are offering flu vaccinations to thousands of eligible Veterans at the following locations and times.
New Major General William H. Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic in MontereyVeterans Create Own Model of Care with 3P Project
VAPAHCS aims to design and implement a new model of care using Lean 3P (Production Preparation Process) for the new Major General William H. Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic that is under construction in Monterey.
Carissa Gascon with interviewer Dave EarnestVAPAHCS Nurse Saves a Life
VAPAHCS Nurse Carissa Gascon recently saved the life of a young boy during a flight to London. Read the amazing story of a selfless woman who is always willing to help others.
Katie in action at the U.S. Volleyball national competition in Orlando, FloridaKatie Holloway: A Paralympian By Determination
VAPAHCS employee Katie Holloway, two-time winner of USA Volleyball’s Female Athlete of the Year and U.S. Paralympian, is currently participating in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Army Veteran Amanda Smith and Marine Corps Veteran Tom Hurst review some of the images Amanda has captured on her cell phone.Seeing Hope with Photographs and Words
In the Veteran Photo Recovery Project: Hope Book Series, Veterans create a photo narrative about hope by using 10 photographic images and 10 associated words in a sentence that together explain their idea about hope.
Adult Day Health Care booth at the VA Palo Alto Dementia Resource FairDementia Resource Fairs at VAPAHCS
In service to our Veteran families coping with dementia, memory loss, or other cognitive impairment, the VAPAHCS Dementia Committee recently hosted its 3rd and 4th Dementia Resource Fairs at VA Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
Heliana RamirezFabulous, Fearless and Full of Pride
Raised by a gay father and heterosexual mother, Heliana Ramirez's upbringing was more than just diverse, it was the catalyst which made her stronger as an individual and launched her into a life of advocacy.

From the Veterans Health Administration

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.
Image of a volunteer pushing a patient in a wheelchair. Vietnam Vet Gives His Time to the VA in Georgia
Gus Albritton has spent 25 years and 23,000 hours volunteering at the Dublin VA in Georgia. The 66-year-old Vietnam Veteran began volunteering as a way of coping with his PTSD.
Michael Williams speaks to new employeesHomeless Veterans Personal Scorecard was the Key
Michael Williams’ personal scorecard was goal oriented, a plan he put together while living on the streets. Homeless for three years, he conquered alcoholism and regained the trust of his family.
Veteran getting their blood pressure checkedBlood Pressure Study: Vietnam Era Veterans
Researchers at the Department of Veterans Affairs find both herbicide exposure and military service are associated with high blood pressure (hypertension) among Army Chemical Corps Vietnam era Veterans.
Army Veteran Jeffrey Weinstock meets with Dr. Erica Dombrowsky, audiologist, through Clinical Video Telehealth.VA Telehealth saves Florida Veteran time, travel
Army Veteran Major Jeffrey Weinstock is very thankful this week for VA Telehealth. It saves him a 300-mile round-trip from Key West to Miami for a comprehensive hearing exam and new hearing aids
Veterans sitting around a camp fire.Veterans Deal with Diabetes at Unique Camp
Veterans in Wisconsin spend a weekend at a special camp designed to help them learn about and deal with their diabetes. Veteran Steve Biever lost 56 pounds and thanks a VA nurse for saving his life.

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