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VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Local Features

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.
VA and CVS MinuteClinicVA Palo Alto Partners with CVS Pharmacies
The pilot program is a first in VA healthcare, allowing enrolled Veterans to receive a broad range of free services at 14 participating CVS pharmacies within Northern California.
Volunteers Dave Hyman and Jenn HoldenPublic Service Recognition Week
May 1-7 is Public Service Recognition Week. We want to recognize all of our employees for what they do every day to care for our Nation’s Veterans: You make VA great and we thank you for your service!
Veteran holding letterVeterans Discuss What Matters Most
On Healthcare Decisions Day (April 16), VA Palo Alto launches Letter Project to help Veterans share "what matters most" in an end-of-life discussion with their family and doctors.
Celebrating 70 years of service to VeteransGive Back to Freedom: Volunteer with VA
At VAPAHCS there are more than 2,500 volunteers at any given moment, taking on tasks from helping process paperwork in order for a Veteran to receive care to keeping a Veteran company at their bedside.
Thinking about your drinking?April Monthly Topic: Thinking About Drinking
In older adults, alcohol can trigger health problems or make them worse. These health problems include high blood pressure, ulcers, liver disease, anxiety, sleep problems, and depression.
Navy Lieutenant Michael P. MurphyIrish-American Heritage Month
Irish-Americans and their descendants, including numerous soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen, have made tremendous contributions to the United States in countless categories.
Social worker interacting with a patientCelebrating 90 Years of Social Workers
From working with traumatic brain injury patients to helping Veterans cope with PTSD and LGBT issues, there are social workers integrated in all inpatient and outpatient care at VAPAHCS.
Main lobby with a sign that reads National Patient Safety GoalsTeamwork Keeps Veterans Safe
Patient safety is a big deal within the VA. It is a simple concept of reducing and preventing inadvertent harm to patients as a result of their care, but achieving success took a major culture shift.

From the Veterans Health Administration

VA Chaplin speaking with Veteran about spiritualityTalking Spiritual about Moral Injury
VA chaplains help Veterans in many ways, including invisible injuries. Read how one New York VA chaplain works with Veterans dealing with moral injury, helping them cope with memories they push away.
Women Veterans Call Center EmployeeVA invites Women Veterans to Chat Online
The Women Veterans Call Center has a new online, one-to-one chat function. Women Veterans can chat online anonymously via text with a trained woman representative, many of whom are Veterans.
Veteran throwing Javelin at Golden Age GamesVeteran Golden Age Games Underway in Detroit
Golden Age Games - it is about the rehabilitation value that wellness and fitness provide in the lives of older Veterans and a good time, competition and fellowship with other Veterans.
Image of Veteran outdoors with friends and his horseDying Veteran Emotional Last Request
Paralyzed by a bullet to his spine in Vietnam combat, Roberto Gonzalez still found many things to enjoy in life. His favorite was his horses. Near the end of his life, he had one last request.
Veteran competeing in Wheelchair games in an Archery match. Wheelchair Games are about Living Healthy Lives
All this week VA and the Paralyzed Veterans of America are hosting the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Veterans will participate in 18 wheelchair sports events in Salt Lake City.
Image of a Monarch butterfly on a flowerButterflies Symbolize Hope for Paralyzed Veterans
In early May about 30 patients and staff gathered on the front patio of the Milwaukee Veteran Affairs Spinal Cord Injury building to witness a special ceremony: the release of hundreds of butterflies.
Male Veteran walking down a rural road surrounded by treesPTSD Help with Cognitive Processing Therapy
After 17 months in Iraq he came home and felt he was drifting through life. After he was diagnosed with PTSD, he entered a VA treatment program called Cognitive Processing Therapy. It worked for him.
Two VA Doctors with their VA Patient after surgery Veteran has Tongue Cancer Surgery Home in 3 Days
Warren, an Army Veteran, had surgery for a cancerous tongue tumor. He spent only three days in the hospital. Read how VA surgeons solve complex problems with minimally invasive procedures.
 Image of a male volunteer handing out clothes to a male Veteran. I was addicted and homeless. The VA took me in.
Vietnam Veteran Mike Doherty was homeless and addicted to pain killers and alcohol. He had hit bottom with no place to turn. But then a good friend drove him to the Pittsburgh VA.
World MS Day, 25 May 2016 - LogoYou get to choose how you will handle MS.
Read the inspirational words of an Air Force Veteran who eloquently describes how he lives every day with Multiple Sclerosis. His courage and resolve serve as a valuable example to us all.

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