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VA Palo Alto Health Care System participates in the San Francisco Pride Parade on June 28, 2015Serving LGBT Veterans with PRIDE
The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) is honored to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Veterans. Nationwide, there are an estimated one million LGBT Service Members and Veterans.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

A Veteran wearing a sea captain's hat salutes while rolling his motorized wheelchair among others walking around him2015 VA Walk & Roll Sees Growth
It's called the Walk and Roll when over 23,000 Veterans, VA Employees and American citizens walk a mile for homeless Veterans, raising more than $325,000 worth of donations this year.
A male patient seated on an exam table in an exam room shakes hands with a female doctorTen Things to Know About the Choice Program
If you are enrolled in VA health care, the Choice Program allows you to get health care from non-VA doctors. Here are the answers to ten of the most asked questions about the program.
Woman with a clipboard and pen looks at a man speaking to herHelping Your Provider Understand Military Culture
VA is offering a free online course to private sector health care professionals to help them better serve Veterans and Servicemembers. Hear from a social worker who thinks the course is a good idea.
Two women talk and smile in an exercise roomSummer! Time to swim and picnic ... and volunteer!
Across America, thousands of Americans are pitching in to help our Veterans. Learn about the “Summer of Service” and how you can volunteer at your local VA medical center ... no sunblock needed!
A wife smiles at her husband seated facing her. Relationship a Little Rocky? Time to Retreat
About 20 couples learned how to strengthen their relationship during a two-day Warrior to Soul Mate retreat sponsored recently at the Salisbury VA Medical Center in North Carolina.
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.

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