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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.
Social worker interacting with a patientCelebrating 90 Years of Social Workers
From working with traumatic brain injury patients to helping Veterans cope with PTSD and LGBT issues, there are social workers integrated in all inpatient and outpatient care at VAPAHCS.
Main lobby with a sign that reads National Patient Safety GoalsTeamwork Keeps Veterans Safe
Patient safety is a big deal within the VA. It is a simple concept of reducing and preventing inadvertent harm to patients as a result of their care, but achieving success took a major culture shift.
Sack on a bed with the words sleep debt written on it.Let VA Help With Sleep Debt
An estimated 70 million Americans experience chronic sleep debt and sleep disorders. Not getting adequate sleep can have a wide-ranging influence over our lives, including job or school performance, emotions, and more.
Sybil StockdaleSybil Stockdale-One woman’s fight for Vietnam POWs
Each year in March the United States honors women who have made significant contributions to our country. Choosing one is a challenge as there are many significant women, women’s movements, and organizations.
Steven ElliottNational Engineers Week
VA Palo Alto Health Care System is unique to have so many aspects of engineering that keep operations flowing smoothly and make our health care system a state of the art facility.

From the Veterans Health Administration

World MS Day, 25 May 2016 - LogoYou get to choose how you will handle MS.
Read the inspirational words of an Air Force Veteran who eloquently describes how he lives every day with Multiple Sclerosis. His courage and resolve serve as a valuable example to us all.
Fictional image of neurons of light firing in the brainA Smart Home for Veterans with Brain Injuries
Among the many remarkable advances being studied by VA researchers is a “smart home” for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. Technology tracks the Veterans and helps them relearn basic skills.
Two male Veterans sitting with female VA employee looking at a paper flyer GeriPACTs Specialized Care for Older Veterans
VA is ready to care for older Veterans. By 2017, almost 10 million of our 21 million Veterans will be over 65. Here's some information about VA's Geriatric Patient Aligned Care Teams.
Image of an older woman and a younger woman sitting together at a table.Women Vets and Violence
A year ago, the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program was launched at the Beckley VA Medical Center in West Virginia. The state ranks 13th in domestic homicides and suicides.
A doctor visits a patient in his home and takes his hand. Sharing Advantages of VA Home Based Care
When a VA doctor read a letter in the paper that it was almost impossible for a primary care doctor to truly connect with patients and their families, he shares VA is able to do just that.
Black and white image of Veteran Patient standing with a implanted prosthetic, a close up of the legs and wheel chair.Surgical Implant Prosthesis for Veteran Amputees
Prosthesis devices for Veteran amputees took a giant step this year with the development of a prosthetic leg that is surgically implanted. A Veteran in the trial says, I can feel the ground again.
Veteran patient working with a member of Voluntary ServicesMarking 70 Years of Volunteers Serving Veterans
One of the most important things we give each other is our attention. VAs Volunteers have been doing this for 70 years. This week we salute and thank them for their dedication.
A Veteran in a wheelchair poses next to an accessible ramp to his houseOccupational Therapists in Home Based Primary Care
As key team members in Home Based Primary Care, VA's Occupational Therapists make it possible for home-bound Veterans with complex health care needs to enjoy meaningful lives.
A man captures a pencil rubbing of a Servicemember's name engraved on the Vietnam WallVA Honors Vietnam Vets for Service and Sacrifice
VA is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam on March 29 with Vietnam Veterans Day. It is a long-overdue opportunity to honor and thank our Vietnam Veterans.
A Veteran being treated by his VA doctorVeterans with Epilepsy: You are not alone
Over 300,000 US soldiers have been diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury since 2000, many at risk for epilepsy. New VHA online videos show how Vets with epilepsy are able to live full, successful lives.

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