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Harold Smith and Dave EarnestMeet Harold Smith, Addiction Therapist at VAPAHCS
For Veterans with an addiction problem, whether it be alcohol, drugs or a host of other addictive diseases, meeting Harold Smith, an Addiction Therapist at the VA Palo Alto, would be akin to striking gold.
Miss California 2016 Jessa Carmack is accompanied by Shorty the Clown as she visits Veterans on hospice unit.Miss California 2016 Visits VA Palo Alto
Jessa Carmack, Miss California 2016, along with Shorty the Clown, visited Veterans at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System during National Salute to Veteran Patients Week (February 12-18).
National Salute to Veteran Patients LogoNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
At VAPAHCS, we will be celebrating VA’s National Salute to Veteran Patients all week. We will have a special visit from Jessa Carmack, Miss California 2016, who will be visiting various units.
Go red for womenFebruary is Heart Health Month
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is partnering with the American Heart Association to raise awareness about heart health for women Veterans by asking women Veterans to Know Your Numbers.
Doctor feeling the thyroid of a patientThyroid Disease Awareness
The thyroid gland quietly does its job behind the scenes without you even noticing. When it begins to act up, you may not even consider it as a source for your recurring trouble.
A patient gets an eye exam at VAPAHCSVA Palo Alto Makes Resolutions to Help You Improve
At the start of the New Year many people use resolutions to reflect on and improve certain aspects of their lives. At VAPAHCS we thrive on improvement and want to play a positive role in your health resolutions for 2017.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Lead Yoga Therapist Nancy Schalk.Can Yoga Ease Your PTSD? VA Wants to Find Out
A clinical research psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indiana is exploring the effects Yoga might have on Veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Concert, band playing on the stageVA's National Salute to Veteran Patients
Concerts, Valentines, and a lot of Americans saying Thank You, all part of VA's National Salute to Veteran Patients. Along with a chance for you to learn how you can volunteer to help our heroes.
Image of a Veteran holding a small rock.  A Journey to Vietnam, and Reconciliation
In December 2016 a group of Veterans along with VA providers and academics from around the country met in Vietnam to jointly experience a spiritual pilgrimage to facilitate recovery from the war.
Images of Julian Scadden at the bedside of a dying Veteran. Army Veteran Spends His Days Comforting the Dying
Nine years ago Julian Scadden, a 67-year-old Vietnam-Era Veteran who works as a housekeeper at the Denver VA, found his true calling in life: comforting dying Veterans on the hospital's hospice unit
Image of a group therapy session featuring both men and women.VA Giving Strength to Couples in Crisis
The Baltimore VA's Strength at Home program is designed to help Veterans who are experiencing physical or verbal abuse in their relationships, but don't know how to end the circle of violence.
Writer-Editor Rebekah E. Rickner interviews Veteran Richard BryeHonoring the Voices and Experiences of Veterans
My Life, My Story. A unique VA project that lets Veterans tell their VA care team about their life and careers, who they are as a person and then have their story added to their VA medical record.
Army Veteran boxercisingVeteran loses 30 pounds in VA's MOVE! program
Army Veteran, 65, lost more than 30 pounds and got in shape with VA's MOVE! program - lifting weights and attending fitness classes for cardio three times a week. Also, a little yoga and boxercise.
Image of doctor shaking hands with patientTransgender Vets, the VA, and Respect
Are you a transgender Veteran? The VA provides gender transition counseling, evaluations for hormone therapy, and evaluations for gender transition surgeries, along with a healthy dose of respect.
Dr. Eloise Harman and Army Vietnam Veteran Winston FigueroaDr. Eloise Harman - One of VA's Top Doctors.
Dr. Eloise Harman follows in her parents' footsteps in providing care for America's Veterans. And spends most of her free time volunteering to help others. Meet another one of VA's Top Doctors.
Female soldier burning old uniforms Nearly 100,000 Vets Enrolled in Burn Pit Registry
Veterans who had exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards during deployment are encouraged to join the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. Almost 100,000 Veterans have so far.

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