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Local Features

From left to right: Paul Hutman, PhD (PSR Postdoctoral Fellow), Ren Kramer (Peer Support Specialist), DiAnn Aiello, PhD (Local Recovery Coordinator)A Peer Support Specialist’s Story of Recovery
Mr. Ren Kramer, VAPAHCS Peer Support Specialist, tells his inspirational story of hope and recovery to a group of Veterans at the VA Palo Alto Mental Health Clinic in Menlo Park.
Sarah Babar receives the first youth volunteer award at VA Palo AltoVA Palo Alto Honors First Youth
On Friday, May 19, teenager Sarah Babar became the first youth volunteer in VA Palo Alto Health Care System to win the Voluntary Service Leadership Award, and it is well deserved.
The PTSD Coach app displayed on a cell phonePTSD Coach App Shows Success
A recent study found that the PTSD Coach shows a significant reduction in PTSD symptoms after three months of usage. The participants also showed reduced depression symptoms and improved psychological functioning.
Group of students and coaches of the Secondary Options programVA Palo Alto Collaborates with School District
For more than 20 years, VA Palo Alto Health Care System has collaborated with the Palo Alto Unified School District on a program that helps students with special needs to gain work experience.
Steven Elliott, Chief of Engineering Service at VAPAHCSGreen Efforts to Continue at VAPAHCS
Green efforts at the VA Palo Alto Health Care system have increased as awareness among staff encouraged many new ideas. Read about some of the new efforts from the past year and currently underway.
Men and women caregivers sitting around a table smiling into cameraVA Caregiver Resources and Support
Being a caregiver for a loved one can be both a challenging and rewarding experience. If you are a caregiver, it is important to remember that VA is here to provide resources and support you.
T-shirts hanging on a clotheslineMental Health & MST Awareness
The Women’s Counseling Center (WCC) at VAPAHCS offers a full range of outpatient mental health services that are available to all women Veterans who are eligible for mental health treatment through the VA.
Dr. Sowmya IyerNational Doctors Day
National Doctors Day provides us a special opportunity to thank our VA doctors and reflect on the truly exceptional medical care they provide every day to Veterans of all age groups.
Doctor talking to an elderly male patientSaving Lives with Colorectal Cancer Screening
March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, so now is a great time for you to talk to your doctor about your colorectal cancer risk, as well as options for screening. Schedule your appointment today!
Welcome Center at the Menlo Park DivisionRecreation Therapy Not Just Fun and Games
Recreation Therapy is a large and very important service at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System that has evolved significantly over the past five years. New staff, innovative programs and buildings have been added.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Doca Merdjanoska, surgical department nurse at the VA Central California HealthFresno VA Medical Center's Nurse of the Year
Meet Doca Merdjanoska from Macedonia, one of VA's top nurses. Our continuing series of outstanding VA employees features a surgical department nurse at the Fresno VA Medical Center.
Putting sunblock on your skinVeterans: Protect Your Skin and Your Hearing
Veterans: Do you know the difference in Ultraviolet B and Ultraviolet A sun's rays? And what is a safe decibel (dB) level of noise? Here are a few quick handy answers just in time for summer.
Portrait of the Graves family.A Veteran's Final Hours at a VA Hospital
Carol Graves, wife of Army Veteran C.A. Graves, said her 76-year-old husband received the utmost respect and kindness during the last few days of his life at the VA hospital in Shreveport, La.
People KayakingVA and Healing Powers of Nature Rescue Vet
When the transition to civilian life left an Air Force Veteran in a dark place, he turned to VA and nature for help. There is so much healing that goes on when you are alone surrounded by nature.
Male Veteran standing beside a horse.Veterans Conquer Depression with Equine Therapy
For some Veterans coping with depression, post-traumatic stress and even physical pain, spending some quality time with a horse (also known as equine therapy) might just be the perfect remedy.
Postpartum Depression Affects One-in-Seven New MothersWomen Veterans: Help for Postpartum Depression
Pregnant Women Veterans have an increased likelihood of a mental health issue and a higher risk for postpartum depression. Learn the symptoms and treatment options from VA's Women's Health Services.
Nurse Deb Lamberton provides relief during family members most stressful time. VA Nurse Helps Veterans Families, in Her Free Time
VA nurse Deb Lamberton knows how stressful it is for families during a Veteran's final days so she volunteers on her own time to provide them with stress relieving massages.
Two male veterans, seated, having a conversation.AF Veteran Helping Veterans Out of Addiction
Air Force Veteran Willie DeWayne Raulerson had been drinking for 50 years. But when he finally decided to ask VA for help he found not only sobriety, but a purpose in life.
Dave Miller assists homeless VeteransMarine Veteran is VA's Male Volunteer of the Year
Marine Corps Veteran David Miller has been volunteering at VA for over 25 years and has been named the 2017 National Male Volunteer of the Year. Miller served in Vietnam during the TET II offensive.
An elderly male Veteran in a wheelchair, entering a van.VA Helps Vietnam Veteran Get His Life Back
Dale Herb's life came to a grinding halt about a year ago when he lost the use of his legs and couldn't leave his home. Today, thanks to a little help from the VA, he's completely mobile again.

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