Tag Archives: Mental Health

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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The secret to Veteran enrichment: Get involved!

Team Red White & Blue Executive Director You may know Team RWB as the organization that is getting Veterans active. And while physical and social activities are certainly WHAT we do, enriching Veteran’s lives is WHY we do it. This is how we do it.

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National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic: Day Five

Cory Buckman was nervous when he found out he would be attending this year’s National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic in San Diego. His apprehension stemmed from his diagnosis of post-traumatic stress and the fact that, at 26-years-old, the OIF Veteran …

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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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