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General Daniel “Chappie” JamesGeneral Daniel “Chappie" James
Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. (February 11, 1920 – February 25, 1978) was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, who in 1975 became the first African American to reach the rank of four-star general.
Volunteer Laurel Lipsick with a VeteranVolunteer Clothes Veterans in the Best
Homeless Veterans walk into a clothing closet with nothing but the clothes on their back. They leave a short while later outfitted in designer clothes from head to toe by volunteer Laurel Lipsick.
A patient gets an eye exam at VAPAHCSVAPAHCS Raises Awareness for Glaucoma in January
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, which is the best time to remind all Veterans to take preventative measures to maintain good eye health. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world.
Dr. Ed Mariano received the Veteran Health Administration’s John D. Chase Award for Physician Executives Excellence during the Annual Association of Military Surgeons of the United States conference in San Antonio, TX.Dr. Ed Mariano Receives John D. Chase Award
Dr. Ed Mariano received the Veteran Health Administration’s John D. Chase Award for Physician Executives Excellence during the Annual Association of Military Surgeons of the United States conference in San Antonio, TX.
Associate Director for Patient Care/Nursing Gloria Martinez presents Director Lisa Freeman with VA Secretary's Award in Nursing Excellence for Medical Center Director.VAPAHCS Director Receives Top Nursing Award
VAPAHCS Director Lisa Freeman was surrounded by staff and her husband in the Mental Health Learning Center on November 30, when she accepted the VA Secretary’s Award in Nursing Excellence for Medical Center Director.
VAPAHCS Outreach Coordinator Kelly ConwayMobile Technology Brings Care to Veterans in Need
Veterans most in need of medical care may be homeless, homebound, and unaware of their benefits. They may also be without the means or ability to travel to a distant VA facility.
Colonel David Rabb, Director of VHA Diversity and Inclusion OfficeOut of the Ashes, I Come
On this Veterans Day, we share a poem by Colonel David Rabb, Director of VHA Diversity and Inclusion Office. His work is based on his experiences during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Female and Male Veterans riding a DuetBike together.The Success of Recreation Therapy for Veterans
Last year there were over 300 million Recreation and Creative Therapy activities for Veterans, such as special events and therapeutic outings. Changing the focus from disability to ability.
Make a Date During Heart Health MonthMake a Date During Heart Health Month
The number one killer of women is heart disease. Every February, Heart Health Month, VA reminds Veterans that early detection can make all the difference in a successful battle against heart disease.
Army Veteran Shaun CastleStrive, Live, Conquer in Salt Lake City
Army Veteran Shaun Castle has a message for wheelchair Veterans: Come to The Games this summer in Salt Lake City. It changed his life, it will change yours. Read his powerful remarks and sign up now.
Charlie Brown, a Marine and Korean War Veteran. Well-Being for Aging Veterans
VA has many ways to help keep you healthy, even if you can't fit into your old uniform. Find out here about Well-Being. It's about mental, physical and spiritual health for older Veterans.
VA nurse Mike Twigg uses a stethoscope to examine a Veteran patientIraq War Veteran Becomes VA Nurse
Mike Twigg was 38 years old when he decided to join the Army. It was 2007, and the war in Iraq was going full tilt. Sounds like a solid plan. Still, isn't 38 a bit old to be joining the Army?
A hiker on a snowy mountainFree, Confidential Courses to Launch Your New Year
Welcome to 2016! VA has developed a free, online, confidential tool kit to help you fight "brain overload," along with relaxation exercises, videos and stress management tools.
Happy New Year 2016!Top Ten VA Services List for Veterans in 2016
One thing we all hope for in a New Year is good health. For America's Veterans, that's our job. At our VA hospitals and Community-Based Outpatient Clinics, we are here to serve you.
Veteran Marion Ritchie and her Navy photo from World War II.98-Year-Old Veteran Planning Next Parasailing Trip
World War II Navy Veteran, 98, looks back on a century of Christmas celebrations and her recent adventures parasailing and motorcycle riding. Next on her list, computer classes.
Two men play chess in a restaurantVA 'Bridgers' Helping Sober Vets Stay That Way
At the Bedford VA in Massachusetts, peer support specialists known as 'Bridgers' are helping Veterans successfully reintegrate into their communities following rehab for drug or alcohol abuse.
A mom and dad with a son and daughter cooking and sampling food in a kitchenConnect with Your Children this Holiday Season
VA has free, confidential online courses to help Veteran parents connect with their children. Helpful anytime, but especially during the holidays which can bring a lot of stress. Totally!

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