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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.
Elderly man and woman on a couch look at a laptop.Long-Term Care Services
Explore your long-term care services and support now, while you don't need them. Personal proactive planning can provide you peace of mind for yourself and those you care about.
Woman exercising and sleeping10 Tips to Manage Stress this Holiday Season
Holiday stress can be triggered by almost everything. We get overstressed, and too much stress affects our health. Before you lose your cool, try these 10 tips to manage stress this holiday season.
Ground was broken Nov. 11 for what will be California's first integrated Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense joint health care clinic in Marina, Calif.VA and DoD Break Ground on First Integrated Clinic
Ground was broken Nov. 11 for what will be California's first integrated Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense joint health care clinic in Marina, Calif.
Sgt. Dentino’s sister, Teresa Dentino, accepted the award on behalf of her brother.Purple Heart Ceremony at VAPAHCS
After 42 years, the family of Sgt. Merle Dentino, a soldier killed in Vietnam, was presented a Purple Heart at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System on Nov. 11 during a Veterans Day celebration.
Distinguished guests cut the ribbon at the new Defenders LodgeDefenders Lodge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The VA Palo Alto Health Care System and the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation cut the ribbon Oct. 8 to commemorate the new 34,000 square-foot Defenders Lodge on the Palo Alto campus.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Outside building photoOpening Soon: New Polytrauma-Rehabilitiation Center
New Polytrauma and Rehabilitation Center in Tampa to open soon. The first stop for Veterans on the road to recovery and home, the state-of-the-art facility provides home-like, healing environment.
A man uses an iPad at a tableHelp with Concussions in Veterans' Hands Today
Knowledge learned by VA in treating Traumatic Brain Injury helped develop Concussion Coach, a mobile app with tools to assess symptoms and help with coping strategies.
A smiling woman counts change to a man at a kitchen counterHelping Veterans Find and Keep a Home
Occupational therapist Sarah Scalia assesses Veterans (105 so far) to ensure they are able to maintain the affordable housing provided them through the HUD-VASH program.
A woman and a man talk and point to a brochurePeer Specialists Held in High Regard by Veterans
Peer specialist program: Veterans who have recovered from mental illness serve as role models for other Veterans. Veterans will connect better with those who have experienced the same things.
Runners start a race on a trackHow Can I Live a Healthier Life?
Take charge of your health care. It’s never too late to get back on track and start taking steps towards a healthier you by getting informed, developing healthy habits, and enrolling in health care.
yoga poseStudy to Help Women Vets Coping with MST
VA to launch study of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction this year to determine if it can help relieve symptoms of PTSD in women vets who have experienced military sexual trauma.
The face of a manWhy Slow Down?
Four hundred Veterans are participating in the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. It’s the world-leader in adaptive winter sports for Veterans, active duty servicemen and women with disabilities.
A man with a prosthetic leg and his son work out on exercise ballsWeight Loss for Those with Disabilities
Veterans and others with disabilities can lose weight through a program that involves phone calls and a Web-based remote coaching tool. The approach is low-cost and effective, say researchers.
Woman holds up an image of the food pyramidCan Good Nutrition Save Your Life?
VA wants to help you get in shape, think about nutrition, live longer and have a healthy, energetic life. VA registered dietitians are here to assist you with your nutrition and health concerns.
Face of a woman Veteran with a shirt that reads Live FreeVeterans Tell Their Stories
At the VA in Madison, Wis., the life histories of patients are written down and included in their medical charts. This gives caregivers a better understanding of the human being they are treating.

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