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National recruitment effort seeks to bring medical professionals to VA

In an effort to increase access to care, VA Secretary Bob McDonald recently launched a national recruitment campaign designed to bring needed medical professionals into the VA. “At VA, we have the most inspiring mission and the greatest clients of …

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VA Rallies Community Support for Veterans During Suicide Prevention Month

One small act could save the life of a Veteran or Servicemember in crisis – that’s the inspiration behind “The Power of 1” campaign.  The campaign launches this September during Suicide Prevention Month and is a joint project coordinated by …

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Secretary McDonald announces the start of a national recruitment effort to bring needed medical professionals to VA

Recruitment of Additional Medical Providers Will Increase Access to Care Speaking to a crowd of medical students, residents and faculty at Duke University’s School of Medicine, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today launched a recruiting initiative aimed at …

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Post WWII commitment to blind Veterans

Director of VA’s Blind Rehabilitation Service Harry Truman signed a presidential order in 1947 turning the military’s blind rehabilitation training of Servicemembers over to the VA, as a part of preparing the nation for post-war adjustment. Hines VA Hospital in Chicago was selected as the first center. Today, VA supports 13 inpatient blind rehabilitation centers across the US. These centers provide a breadth and depth of intensive and supportive care that restores abilities of Veterans and Servicemembers to achieve their independence, support their families, care for their homes, and integrate into their communities.

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The National Center for PTSD celebrates 25 years of leadership in research and education

Acting Executive Director, Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD On Aug. 29, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) celebrates its 25th anniversary. For the past 25 years, the Center has been the leader in research and education helping those who are living with PTSD. The anniversary comes as organizations across the country recognize the importance of mental health this September during Suicide Prevention Month.

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VA researchers explore the possibility of taking the trauma out of traumatic memories

Writer, VHA’s Office of Communications Anywhere from 11 to 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans develop PTS symptoms, according to VA estimates. These include flashbacks, nightmares, depression, social withdrawal, emotional numbing, hyper-alertness, anxiety and irritability.

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VA dietitian: Why consider a vegetarian diet?

Dietetic Intern, Malcom Randall VA Medical Center

Learn how a vegetarian diet can benefit your health.

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Aspiring Paralympic medalists get their start at the 2014 National Veteran Wheelchair Games

More than 500 disabled U.S. military Veterans are competing at the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Philadelphia, Pa., through Aug. 17. The event not only promotes physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle, but also aims to help Veterans realize …

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Conference looks to advance women’s health research within VA

VA’s Health Services Research and Development Service sponsored a conference titled, “Enhancing Partnerships for Research and Care of Women Veterans” July 31-Aug. 1 in D.C. The event brought together investigators pursuing research on women Veterans and women in the military …

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VA Secretary McDonald delivers keynote speech during Disabled American Veterans conference

Secretary Robert McDonald delivered his first address to Disabled American Veterans at their annual conference on Aug. 9, 2014. His speech outlined the problems facing Veterans Affairs and the way ahead. He also reported on his recent visit to the …

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