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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.
A projected map of the Phase II Construction at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System"Phase 2" of Construction Begins in October
The VA Office of Construction and Facilities Management is set to issue the Notice To Proceed for the “Phase Two” major construction project at VA Palo Alto to S.J. Amoroso Construction Company in Redwood City, CA.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Woman receives flu shot from nurse.Flu Shots: More Access, Seamless Documentation
VA partners with Walgreens to expand real-time sharing of medical information of vaccines provided by Walgreens to enrolled Veterans. VA is covering the cost of about 75,000 flu shots.
Volunteers help a Veteran into a VA vanFree Rides for Vets Living in Highly Rural Areas
VA has just made it possible for more of America’s Veterans living in highly rural areas to get free transportation to a VA medical center or other facilities that provide VA care.
Man in uniform stands in a building service entry areaWith a Little Help, a Veteran's Life Transformed
One minute, Army Veteran Robbie Myers was living in a tent. The next, he was winning a nationally-televised cooking competition. His amazing journey began when he walked into a VA Medical Center.
Senior man holds up a tablet with a cartoon character drawn on itDondi gets Flu Shot Along with 96-year-old Creator
96-year-old Veteran Irwin Hasen is the cartoonist who created the famous character Dondi, a war orphan. He recently sketched his famous creation reminding Veterans and VA staff to get their flu shot.
A woman with a sad expression is comforted by a therapist with her hand on the woman's shoulderGo Green for Mental Illness Awareness Week
In observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week, VA facilities will be sponsoring events designed to educate Veterans, their families and staff on mental health recovery concepts and practices.
Senior woman stands on a scale as a doctor adjusts the balancesSlimming Down Helps with Diabetes & Pre-diabetes
Weight loss in overweight adults with diabetes can improve blood sugar levels, decrease the need for some medications, reduce blood pressure, improve heart function, and improve cholesterol levels.
Two men wearing pink bracelets bump fistsMale Breast Cancer: A Rare Disease, on the Rise
Male breast cancer is rare, accounting for less than one percent of cancers in men and less than one percent of all breast cancer. VA researchers are helping to understand the phenomenon.
Health tech helps a woman getting a mammogramVA Leads the Nation in Breast Cancer Screening
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. VA wants to help Veterans learn more about breast cancer with the helpful tools listed in this story including a Breast Cancer Risk Calculator.
Woman looking at a high heel shoeHigh Heels a Snap With New Prosthetic Foot
Veterans and others who have lost a lower limb and need prosthetic feet have been limited in the footwear they can choose. A VA researcher in Minneapolis and his colleagues aim to change that.
A Veteran and his wife talk to other Veterans in a parkThe Blue Button is Literally a Life Saver
Read how one married couple — both Veterans — use VA’s online Personal Health Record, My HealtheVet, all the time and encourage Veterans to sign up and take advantage of its many great features.

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