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2015 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition underway

The 2015 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition began on January 1st. During the months of January, February and March, Veterans enrolled at VA medical facilities or outpatient clinics are invited to enter their art, music, dance, drama and creative writing entries into the local competition phase. It’s an exciting time with art exhibits and performances by Veterans occurring across the country.

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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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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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VA’s Blueprint for Excellence: Strategies for more Veteran-centric care

“….To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan.” These words from President Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address guide the mission of today’s VA. Over the last two months, VA’s secretary, Bob …

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Vietnam Vet represents New Mexico at National Art Festival

“Vietnam Elegy,” is a reflection of that time and those experiences. The piece took first place in the Military Combat Experience category.

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Team Red White & Blue opens Firebase Tampa, Florida

Founded in 2010, Team Red White & Blue has more than 50,000 members with chapters in 120 cities across the country. Surprisingly, Team RWB  accomplished this amazing growth without a physical facility, not even an administrative office, but that is changing. …

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Veteran learns to thrive after war and tragedy

Like many Veterans, Brandon brought the war home: Combat had changed him. This proud son of Wisconsin’s Ho-Chunk Nation, whose family members include the tribal chief and a Vietnam combat Veteran, needed help. Encouraged by loved ones, he sought care …

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More than a soldiers home

Freelance filmmaker When I’m at White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center and I look around, I see happy employees and happy patients. I see smiling caregivers who spend time with their patients.

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Gun safety: An important conversation during Suicide Prevention Month

Politically speaking, firearms are a divisive topic in this country. Practically speaking, they are the most lethal method of attempted suicide; about 85 percent of suicide attempts using guns end in death, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. …

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