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Katie in action at the U.S. Volleyball national competition in Orlando, FloridaKatie Holloway: A Paralympian By Determination
VAPAHCS employee Katie Holloway, two-time winner of USA Volleyball’s Female Athlete of the Year and U.S. Paralympian, is currently participating in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Army Veteran Amanda Smith and Marine Corps Veteran Tom Hurst review some of the images Amanda has captured on her cell phone.Seeing Hope with Photographs and Words
In the Veteran Photo Recovery Project: Hope Book Series, Veterans create a photo narrative about hope by using 10 photographic images and 10 associated words in a sentence that together explain their idea about hope.
Adult Day Health Care booth at the VA Palo Alto Dementia Resource FairDementia Resource Fairs at VAPAHCS
In service to our Veteran families coping with dementia, memory loss, or other cognitive impairment, the VAPAHCS Dementia Committee recently hosted its 3rd and 4th Dementia Resource Fairs at VA Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
Heliana RamirezFabulous, Fearless and Full of Pride
Raised by a gay father and heterosexual mother, Heliana Ramirez's upbringing was more than just diverse, it was the catalyst which made her stronger as an individual and launched her into a life of advocacy.
VA and CVS MinuteClinicVA Palo Alto Partners with CVS Pharmacies
The pilot program is a first in VA healthcare, allowing enrolled Veterans to receive a broad range of free services at 14 participating CVS pharmacies within Northern California.
Volunteers Dave Hyman and Jenn HoldenPublic Service Recognition Week
May 1-7 is Public Service Recognition Week. We want to recognize all of our employees for what they do every day to care for our Nation’s Veterans: You make VA great and we thank you for your service!
Veteran holding letterVeterans Discuss What Matters Most
On Healthcare Decisions Day (April 16), VA Palo Alto launches Letter Project to help Veterans share "what matters most" in an end-of-life discussion with their family and doctors.
Celebrating 70 years of service to VeteransGive Back to Freedom: Volunteer with VA
At VAPAHCS there are more than 2,500 volunteers at any given moment, taking on tasks from helping process paperwork in order for a Veteran to receive care to keeping a Veteran company at their bedside.
Thinking about your drinking?April Monthly Topic: Thinking About Drinking
In older adults, alcohol can trigger health problems or make them worse. These health problems include high blood pressure, ulcers, liver disease, anxiety, sleep problems, and depression.
Navy Lieutenant Michael P. MurphyIrish-American Heritage Month
Irish-Americans and their descendants, including numerous soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen, have made tremendous contributions to the United States in countless categories.

From the Veterans Health Administration

VA Nurse and patient talkingCaring for Veterans at Work and at Home
VA has great employees and some of the best are our nurses. Drema Bratton, a VA nurse for 37 years, was recently named Nurse of the Year at her Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
A parent and Veteran sitting together“They Saved My Son's Life”
Families of Veterans with problems have a remarkable confidential VA program designed to assist them in finding the help they need with compassion, patience and understanding.
Social Add, Be there for a Veteran in CrisisBe There for a Veteran in Crisis
September is Suicide Prevention Month and VA is asking for the entire nationís help in reducing Veteran suicide and calling on everyone to Be There for Veterans and Service members.
Veterans planking at the GymHealth and Fitness for Older Veterans
VA's Gerofit fitness and health promotion program reduces the risk of the need for nursing home care by developing individually tailored, functionally-based exercise for America's older Veterans.
Dr. Bush and Army Veteran Michael Fuller I am here to help, that is my gift to you.
VA Audiologist Dr. Erica Bush lost her hearing as a child and understands the challenges of Veterans with hearing problems. Read her inspiring story of turning her experiences into helping Veterans.
Army Veteran Michael Owen shaking hands with other volunteersWanted: Half a Million More Veterans to Volunteer
It's called the Million Veteran Program and we're half way there. A Veteran from Alabama became the 500,000th Veteran to voluntarily enroll in the program which may help to prevent and treat diseases.
Psychologist Dr. Mary Beth Shea with Veteran patientPsychologist Led VA Team Responding to Shootings
Some of America’s best doctors work for VA. We would like you to meet them. After the tragic event in Orlando, a VA doctor led a team of VA employees to help the families of the victims.
VA Employees and Veterans walk together to raise awareness and more for homeless VeteransVA Employees and Vets Walk for Homeless Veterans
19,000 VA employees and 8,000 Veterans donated clothing and other items worth more than $384,000 for homeless Veterans. And took a healthy walk along the way: VA’s Annual VA2K Walk & Roll.
VA Chaplin speaking with Veteran about spiritualityTalking Spiritual about Moral Injury
VA chaplains help Veterans in many ways, including invisible injuries. Read how one New York VA chaplain works with Veterans dealing with moral injury, helping them cope with memories they push away.
Women Veterans Call Center EmployeeVA invites Women Veterans to Chat Online
The Women Veterans Call Center has a new online, one-to-one chat function. Women Veterans can chat online anonymously via text with a trained woman representative, many of whom are Veterans.

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