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One Veterans perspective on homelessness, PTSD and VA’s H-PACT teams

In 2000, I ran. I was still running away from the guilt, shame, and anger of what I went through in the war. Chronic homelessness and life on the streets became my new reality until I found out about the VA Leeward CBOC in 2013. Another homeless Veteran friend of mine saw me on the streets and said he had been getting help from the H-PACT team. He told me to go get help.

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Desert Storm anniversary remembered. What are your stories?

Today marks the anniversary of the start of the Gulf War, also known as Operation Desert Storm. On January 17, 1991, the coalition air campaign began with massive aerial bombings of targets in Iraq and Kuwait. VA offers a variety of …

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VA program helps beneficiaries stricken with spina bifida

When Evelyna Castro sees herself in a wheelchair she doesn’t think of herself as disabled. Instead, she has turned her disability into something positive. Born with spina bifida, a debilitating spinal disorder that happens when a baby is in the …

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2015 Wheelchair Games registration opens today

Co-Presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the National Veterans Wheelchair Games is a rehabilitation and wheelchair sports program empowering Veterans to live more active and healthy lives through wheelchair sports and recreation. Veterans with a Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Amputation or other neurological injury that uses wheelchair for sport, and are eligible for care in the VA can participate.

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Mobile Vet Center deployed to El Paso, Texas

A deployed a Mobile Vet Center and clinical staff today to provide counseling services to Veterans, Servicemembers, families and fellow VA staff members in the wake of Tuesday’s shooting at Ft. Bliss, Texas. The mobile center is currently located at the El Paso Community College (9050 Viscount St, Building A., El Paso) serving those in need of counseling services through 4:30 p.m. today.

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VA resources for preventing stress and suicide

At this time of year, people may experience what is called the Holiday Blues, which may include stress, fatigue, sadness, and loneliness. These feelings may be triggered by many stressors, including financial difficulties, family tension, and the inability to spend time with loved ones.

VA has resources to help Veterans get through the Holiday Blues, and VA’s Mental Health professionals are ready to help you cope with what you’re going through.

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VA dietitian offers healthy tips for the holidays

f your holidays are anything like mine, you will give plenty of thanks for the food you eat and the shared company of family and friends. Both of my grandfathers served during World War II, and they made it very clear to me to cherish the holidays with my loved ones, and to thank those who have served and who are unable to be with their loved ones during the holidays.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: yoga, acupuncture and more

There was a time when yoga classes at a VA hospital would have seemed as out of place as poetry readings during boot camp.Times have changed. Nowadays, yoga is just one of several complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices that have caught on big at VA. Meditation and acupuncture are two more.

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Ten things veterans should know about burn pits

VA launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry in response to concerns that Veterans were experiencing a range of respiratory illnesses possibly associated with exposure to burn pits. The registry is open to many Veterans and active-duty Servicemembers who deployed to various locations. This guide describes why you should participate in the registry and how it might help uncover links between exposures and certain health conditions.

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VA dietician says sweet potatoes have good nutritional value

Research has shown that sweet potatoes may actually be help to regulate blood sugar. Sweet potatoes offer a wealth of nutritional and health benefits that exceeds that of their white potato counterparts.

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