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Mariela Maylen and Judith Smith, Artistic Director and Founding Member of AXIS Dance CompanyVeteran Stories Brought to Life by Dancers
AXIS Dance Company recently gave a special performance for an intimate audience of Veterans and VA staff. The performance titled “Onward” is a collection of stories from recently returning Veterans.
Mediterranean or Modified Mediterranean style diets have been shown to be most helpful with managing pain.Nutrition and Pain
Many people suffer from short and long term pain. Can what we eat help relieve some types of pain? The short answer is yes. Nutrition can help with pain that is caused by inflammation.
VAPAHCS Wallet Medication CardPlay it Safe with a Wallet Medication Card
An accurate and up-to-date medication list in your wallet helps to keep you safe by making sure your health care providers know all of your medicines, vitamins and supplements.
Rendering of the new Stockton Clinic to be built on the selected French Camp site.Central Valley Construction Funding Update
VA Palo Alto Health Care System is pleased to announce the inclusion of funding for the future Stockton Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) as part of President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget request.
Person stretching at a beach with sunset in backgroundMove Your Body. Improve Your Mood!
It’s hard to argue with the fact that regular exercise can improve your physical health, but is there any proof that exercise can improve our mood as well? Research shows it does.
Under the Veterans Choice Act, eligible Veterans may get health care in their local community if they choose to.VA Rolls Out Choice Card Program
Under the Veterans Choice Act, an estimated 9 million Veterans nationwide may be eligible to get health care in their local community. By the end of January 2015, eligible Veterans should receive a Veterans Choice Card.
A doctor giving a patient a flu shotNational Walgreens Program
Flu season is here again, and we have great news about how we are making it more convenient for Veterans to get their annual flu shot! You can now get your flu shot at your neighborhood Walgreens.
The DEA will reclassify all hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II controlled substances.Reclassification of Hydrocodone Products
On October 6, 2014, the DEA will reclassify all hydrocodone combination products (e.g. Vicodin, Norco, Tussinex, etc.) from Schedule III to Schedule II controlled substances.
A VAPAHCS employee receiving her annual flu shot at the Palo Alto Division.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.
Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald speaks at the Palo Alto VA Hospital on Aug. 20.VA Secretary McDonald Visits Palo Alto
VA Secretary Robert McDonald visited the VA Palo Alto on Wednesday, August 20. He toured the facility and met with staff and Veterans to talk about his plans for the future of the VA.

From the Veterans Health Administration

man lifting barbellWheelchair Vets Roll into Dallas for Annual Games
Since 1981, co-presented by the VA and PVA, the goal of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games is to empower Veterans with disabilities to live more healthy and active lives through sports.
Two people walking with nordic walking sticksTips to Keep Veterans from Falling Down
You hear it all the time. Poor old Steve ... he fell down. Sometimes it’s just embarrassing and you get back up. Other times, you’re headed for the emergency room. Here’s how to prevent falling down.
black and white photo showing three combat soldiers crouching in a forestU.S. Army Celebrates 240th Birthday on June 14
VA joins the U.S. Army in celebrating its 240th birthday. Here are just four short stories of the thousands of Army Veterans whose lives have intersected with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
doctor taking notes as patient relays his storyVeterans Adding Life Story to Medical Records
Have you ever wished your doctor knew “the rest of the story?” A unique program at some VA medical centers allows Veterans to add their life story to their medical record.
Two women working in an office setting.  One woman is talking on the phone.How Do You Save Someone’s Life?
Good listening skills and a cool head are prerequisites when you work at the Pittsburgh VA’s Suicide Prevention Office. “You always have to remain calm at this job,” says Veronica Lucious.
Ron Whitcomb working in a gardenThe Most Peaceful Place on Earth
For many years after he came home from serving in Vietnam, Army Veteran Ron Whitcomb thought the Viet Cong were surrounding his house. With VA PTSD therapy, he learned that he was safe.
two women discussing designsDesigning Clothes for Veterans with Prosthetics
Some very generous students of fashion engineering at SUNY are working on designing comfortable and functional clothes for Veterans with prosthetics.       
View of the Biloxi facility from the front flag poleBiloxi VA in Most Beautiful Hospital Competition
Skillful and compassionate care combined with a beautiful hospital and happy patients. VA’s Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System has been nominated for Most Beautiful Hospital in America.
service members in uniform marching in a parage carring the america flagVA Remembers America's Fallen on Memorial Day
Once known as “Decoration Day,” Memorial Day is a time for remembering the people who died while serving in America’s armed forces. Here’s a list of ceremonies in your area.
five researchers and technocians working in a laboratory90 Years of VA Research Improves Veterans' Lives
Did you know VA doctors performed the first successful liver transplant in 1968, and that VA doctors have received the Nobel Prize? Find out more as VA celebrates National VA Research Week.

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