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Live Whole Health: Self-care episode #37 – Soft Belly Breathing

There are many ways the mind can affect the physical body. Soft Belly Breathing can bring a sense of relaxation and body awareness.


Russ Kaufmann survived a sniper, strokes and aphasia

His combat injury and blood loss caused two strokes. He received excellent care but his life was forever changed. Read how aphasia affects the …


Vietnam Veteran’s 49-year-old memories of his canine partner

“Mick” still talks about his K-9 partner from 49 years ago. He only had one photo until he connected on Facebook with an Air Force friend who sent him …


Coping with COVID-19: help for Veterans with lung disease

Veterans with lung disease are at higher risk for serious complications from COVID-19. The American Lung Association has resources to help Veterans take …


Tai chi helps heal deep military trauma

George Koerner still remembers the charred bodies and the war dead. After suffering from years of post-traumatic stress, he found relief through tai chi.


VA telehealth connects Vietnam Veteran to pain management resources

William Vaughn’s Huey helicopter was sprayed with a herbicide that packed a lifelong punch. Today, he uses telehealth on a regular basis to meet with his …


Live Whole Health Self-care episode #36 – Being Grateful for Your Body

Injuries, inflammation, the passage of time, and lifestyle choices change our bodies. How we think of our bodies can affect how we feel about ourselves.


Protecting Veterans returning for in-person care

Many VA health facilities have started to offer in-person care again for many non-urgent needs and appointments. Safety is still our top priority. Read …


Operation Mail Call connects isolated Veterans with the world

Isolated Veterans in the VA Central Western Massachusetts community living center know they haven’t been forgotten thanks to the hundreds of letters they …


Veterans compete in 2020 Golden Age Games… at home

Veterans representing 36 states, the Virgin Islands and 61 medical centers competed in the VA 2020 National Veteran Golden Age Games. Improvising at home, …


Fresh Focus #1: Healthy Plate Method – Keep it simple

Beth Blair, a MOVE! Dietitian, dives into the first episode of a six-part series on eating a healthy plate. She sets the stage and gives advice for keeping …


Live Whole Health: Self-care episode #35 – Tai chi

Tai Chi is a form of gentle movement that can improve muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and stress relief. It involves the coordination of breath, …