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Man in a forest with map and compassOne-Year Plan To Become Smoke-Free Campus
Join us for the Great American Smokeout as we kick off our one-year campaign to become a smoke-free campus. By next year’s Smokeout, we plan to reduce smoking at each division to one secluded location.
Pink cake that reads Thank you CaregiversVAPAHCS Celebrates Caregivers of VA Veterans
In honor of National Caregivers Month this November, the Caregiver Support Program at VAPAHCS will be celebrating at their San Jose, Monterey, Stockton and Livermore campuses.
Flu season is ahead - get your flu shot now!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.
New Major General William H. Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic in MontereyVeterans Create Own Model of Care with 3P Project
VAPAHCS aims to design and implement a new model of care using Lean 3P (Production Preparation Process) for the new Major General William H. Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic that is under construction in Monterey.
Carissa Gascon with interviewer Dave EarnestVAPAHCS Nurse Saves a Life
VAPAHCS Nurse Carissa Gascon recently saved the life of a young boy during a flight to London. Read the amazing story of a selfless woman who is always willing to help others.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Michael Williams speaks to new employeesHomeless Veterans Personal Scorecard was the Key
Michael Williams’ personal scorecard was goal oriented, a plan he put together while living on the streets. Homeless for three years, he conquered alcoholism and regained the trust of his family.
Veteran getting their blood pressure checkedBlood Pressure Study: Vietnam Era Veterans
Researchers at the Department of Veterans Affairs find both herbicide exposure and military service are associated with high blood pressure (hypertension) among Army Chemical Corps Vietnam era Veterans.
Army Veteran Jeffrey Weinstock meets with Dr. Erica Dombrowsky, audiologist, through Clinical Video Telehealth.VA Telehealth saves Florida Veteran time, travel
Army Veteran Major Jeffrey Weinstock is very thankful this week for VA Telehealth. It saves him a 300-mile round-trip from Key West to Miami for a comprehensive hearing exam and new hearing aids
Veterans sitting around a camp fire.Veterans Deal with Diabetes at Unique Camp
Veterans in Wisconsin spend a weekend at a special camp designed to help them learn about and deal with their diabetes. Veteran Steve Biever lost 56 pounds and thanks a VA nurse for saving his life.
Veterans Day banner, with U.S. Flag as Background“What Veterans Day Means to Me”
All this week, we will be posting articles and blogs by Veterans talking about “What Veterans Day Means to Me.” Kicking off the week with a salute from a former Navy SEAL very proud of his service.
People walkingHonoring those who care for our Veterans
VA has a six-week online interactive workshop that offers training in how to provide better care. It also helps caregivers learn how to manage their own emotions, stress and physical health.
Elderly men, sitting at a table enjoying a cup of coffee while talking to one anotherAre You Ready to Make Your Choices?
Are you ready to make your choices? Advance Care Planning: Your preferences for future health care. Advance Directive: Tell others your preferences and who you have chosen to be your Health Care Agent.
VA nurses Heather Frank (L) and Jill Jefferson along with Simulator SAM during  ICU simulation training at the VA medical center in Des Moines, Iowa.Heather Frank - One of VA’s Top Nurses
Introducing Heather Frank, one of VA's and Iowa's, Top Nurses, whose extra effort has helped Vietnam Veterans in her Iowa Veteran Affairs hospital, receive awards for their service.
Vietnam Marine Corps Veteran Robert Hall and Primary Care Physician Dr. Sabrina FelsonVietnam Marine Corps Veteran - Forever Proud
Vietnam Vet, given grave cancer prognosis, says his top priority is family and his 11-month-old spirited grandson. “When my dad lies down next to him, Jayden just falls asleep.”
Veteran Lewis Taylor in Medical Foster HomeCouples Caring for Veterans in Foster Homes
There is an alternative to a nursing home for eligible Veterans. VA's Medical Foster Home Program is for Veterans no longer able to safely live independently. Here are two couples who participate.

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