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Congresswomen Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier hosted a town hall meeting at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.VAPAHCS Addresses Town Hall Q&A
On Monday, July 7, 2014, Congresswomen Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier hosted a town hall meeting at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) to address questions and concerns.
PFC (Private First Class) William Victor Tarozzi II hugs his mom.The Importance of Family Support
PFC (Private First Class) William Victor Tarozzi II, a patient in the Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program (PTRP) at VAPAHCS, talks about how important family support has been in his recovery.
Women Veterans share their experience - their struggle and recovery - while dealing with a traumatic brain injury.TBI: In Her Own Words - Sharron
Sharron hit her head on the corner of a five-ton truck and incurred a brain injury. She describes her military experience as "IEDs, mortars, gunshot blasts, fallen comrades, and sleepless nights."
Women Veterans share their experience - their struggle and recovery - while dealing with a traumatic brain injury.TBI: In Her Own Words - Rachel
Rachel is an Army Veteran and a survivor of three traumatic brain injuries. She is an advocate for women who have survived traumatic brain injuries and speaks publicly to bring awareness to these "invisible injuries."
Dr. Odette Harris, associate director of Polytrauma and grant recipient for the digital story telling project, talks with the women about sharing their stories.In Her Own Words: Women with TBI Share Their Story
Every culture has a storytelling aspect that helps people learn from and identify with a common situation. A three-day workshop invited women who have experience with traumatic brain injury to share their stories.
The winning art piecesNational Veterans Creative Arts Festival
Local Veteran artists Michael Rogan, Kerry Hiroshi Paul and Gail Matthews won first place in the 28th Annual Creative Arts Festival on March 5, at VA Palo Alto Health Care System’s Menlo Park division.
New Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC)New ID Cards for Vets Enrolled in VA Health Care
The VA is issuing a brand new Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC) to protect Veterans by enhancing security and decreasing the possibility of identity theft. Find out how you can get yours.
Projected map of the Phase II Construction at the VA Palo Alto Health Care SystemPhase 2 Construction at VAPAHCS
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Construction and Facilities Management recently announced the award of “Phase 2” major construction project at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.
The lap pool at the new Aquatic Therapy Center in Palo AltoNew Aquatic Therapy Center Opens
More than 70 Veterans, staff members and volunteers took an initial “dip” (or, at least a peek) into the new VA Palo Alto Health Care System’s Aquatic Therapy Center on the Palo Alto campus Feb. 24.
VA Palo Alto Health Care System Psychologist Genevieve Garratt and Dietitian Lynn McPhedran watch as Psychologist Hilary Keegan adds a feedback note regarding a new clinic design mockup.National VA Healthcare Design Template
Hundreds of medical professionals, architectural leaders, and Veteran advisors filled a design mockup at the future site of a new VAPAHCS building to provide critical feedback for a new working environment.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Rendering of a cortisol molecule with black, white and red atoms joined by black and white barsVanquishing PTSD at the Cellular Level
VA researchers are exploring the possibility of using a steroid pill to take the trauma out of traumatic memories by quieting the intense and sometime debilitating emotions associated with those memories.
A dentist holds up a mold of a face next to his patientThe Other Side of VA Dentistry
Dr. Dai Phan provides an accurate reproduction so that dental and nasal prostheses can be fabricated — a little known service provided to Veterans who have lost part of their oral cavity due to trauma or cancer.
Two men talk and point to a bulletin board in a facility hallwayOnce Homeless, Veteran Now Works for VA
Formerly homeless Veteran James Mobley, 53, now works full-time as a social services aide at the same VA domiciliary in Dublin, Ga., where he spent nearly a year in recovery.
A man with a stern look has his boxing gloves laced upFighting is My Meditation
After serving in the Army, mixed martial arts fighter Joe Duarte found his world spinning out of control. After VA PTSD therapy, he now finds peace at home and in the ring.
A woman hiker wearing sunglasses smilesSummer Reminder: Sunglasses Protect Your Eyes
Veterans should be cautious and protect their eyes from the sun. Good quality sunglasses are recommended when outdoors, even if it’s for a few minutes at a time.
Woman looks at her smile in a mirror being held by a dentist10 of the Stories Most Read by Vets on VA Web Site
The web site for the Veterans Health Administration is a helpful gateway to numerous resources for Veterans and their families. Here are just a few of the most popular features posted this past year.
Back of a mobile health clinic showing a door and wheelchair liftVA Health Care System Named Most Wired - Again!
For the second year in a row, VA has been named to the 2014 “Most Wired” hospitals list, a national survey ranking hospitals leveraging health information technology in new and innovative ways.
A woman talks to a man in an officeNurse Navigator Simplifies the Maze for Patients
Hospitals can be a maze. That’s why Joan Stewart and Debera Charlton are amazing. The Nurse Navigator steer patients through the treatment systems at Montana’s VA Medical Center.
A smiling girl with a US flagVA Hosts July 4th Ceremonies for Veterans
Hundreds of VA employees and volunteers at VA Medical Centers across the country spend their July 4th holiday hosting special events for the men and women we serve — America’s Veterans.
A senior man in a swimming pool smilesSenior Veterans Going for the Gold - One More Time
Hundreds of Veterans are heading to the Ozark Mountains for the Golden Age Games, designed to improve the quality of life for older Veterans with a wide range of abilities and disabilities.

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