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Dance therapist and VA Pittsburgh employees demostrate dance therapy using a resistance band.New Therapist Heals Through Dance
Six Veterans attending their first dance therapy session at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System exchanged friendly greetings, but appeared hesitant. They knew they were about to step outside their comfort zones.
Iconic photos including the Beattles, MASH, Dr. Martin Luther King, Astronaut on the moon, with the text "born from 1945 to 1965?" in the middleVA Urges Baby Boomers to get Hepatitis C Screening
People born from 1945–1965, sometimes referred to as baby boomers, are five times more likely to have hepatitis C than other adults. Hepatitis C can lead to liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer.
Dr. Rory Cooper navigates stairs using the “MeBot” in the Cybathlon Games in Geneva.MeBot: Robotic Wheelchair Wows Judges in Scotland
A robotic wheelchair created by a team from the Pitt-VA-UPMC Human Engineering Research Laboratory, Pittsburgh, earned international recognition by winning “Best New Concept” in the Blackwood Design Awards.
Camp Lejeune signCamp Lejeune Conditions
A new eligibility ruling concerning Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune establishes a presumption of service connection for eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply.
Mary Bolinger in RV with dialysis equipmentHome Dialysis for Veterans
Air Force Veteran Mary Bolinger and her husband John refuse to allow her kidney disease from slowing them down. Thanks to home dialysis, they live the lives they always wanted, including traveling around the country.
A male Veteran meets with two nurses during a clinic visit.Veteran Shadow Program
A new VA Pittsburgh program will put employees in visiting Veterans' shoes to help identify issues Veterans encounter during visits, find solutions and improve the overall Veteran experience during health care visits.
A prescription bottle and three blue tablets on a U.S. flag.Decreased Medication Cost for Most Veterans
Prescription copays have been restructured into three tiers ranging from $5 to $11 for a 30-day supply. The new rates begin Feb. 27 and will lower the costs of outpatient medications for most Veterans.
Veteran having vision checked with a machineRoutine Vision and Hearing Exams Easier
Veterans no longer need a referral from their primary care doctor for routine hearing and vision appointments. Direct scheduling of these appointments by calling the audiology and optometry clinics is encouraged.
Vietnam Veterans receive commemorative lapel pins from Karin McGraw, VA Pittsburgh’s medical director, and Jennifer Vandermolen, Pittsburgh VA Regional Benefits Office director.Correcting Past Wrongs
Vietnam Veterans at VA Pittsburgh's Community Living Center were recognized by Director Karin McGraw during a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration event held at the H.J. Heinz campus.
Veteran Jim Anderson exercises on a chest press machine during a gym workout.Change Through Sweat
Veteran Jim Anderson has found that getting back in shape has made all the difference in managing his PTSD. Joining the MOVE! program has helped him get back on track in life.

From the Veterans Health Administration

A male wearing a BDU jacket speaking with a male counselor.Can Spiritual Therapy Ease Your PTSD Symptoms?
A researcher associated with the Augusta VA in Georgia is conducting a survey to see if Veterans coping with PTSD might be interested in having spirituality introduced into their therapy.
Surgeons looking at x-rays of patientImportant Office that Most People Have Never Heard
VA's National Center for Patient Safety is dedicated to preventing inadvertent harm or injury to Veteran patients. It's the engine under the hood that keeps things running smoothly and safely.
Fruit and Vegetable bowl Ten Ways to Eat Wisely - A Focus on Nutrition
VA encourages Veterans to focus on healthful eating. You don't need to change the way you eat overnight. Take your time, make small smart changes in your diet and you'll feel better and be healthier.
VAMC Director Isaacks visits with Veteran patientMarine Continues to Serve by Serving Veterans
David Isaacks served in the Marine Corps from 1998 to 2005. Today he continues to serve his country by serving Veterans as director of the Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Mo.
Lead Yoga Therapist Nancy Schalk.Can Yoga Ease Your PTSD? VA Wants to Find Out
A clinical research psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indiana is exploring the effects Yoga might have on Veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Concert, band playing on the stageVA's National Salute to Veteran Patients
Concerts, Valentines, and a lot of Americans saying Thank You, all part of VA's National Salute to Veteran Patients. Along with a chance for you to learn how you can volunteer to help our heroes.
Image of a Veteran holding a small rock.  A Journey to Vietnam, and Reconciliation
In December 2016 a group of Veterans along with VA providers and academics from around the country met in Vietnam to jointly experience a spiritual pilgrimage to facilitate recovery from the war.
Images of Julian Scadden at the bedside of a dying Veteran. Army Veteran Spends His Days Comforting the Dying
Nine years ago Julian Scadden, a 67-year-old Vietnam-Era Veteran who works as a housekeeper at the Denver VA, found his true calling in life: comforting dying Veterans on the hospital's hospice unit
Image of a group therapy session featuring both men and women.VA Giving Strength to Couples in Crisis
The Baltimore VA's Strength at Home program is designed to help Veterans who are experiencing physical or verbal abuse in their relationships, but don't know how to end the circle of violence.
Writer-Editor Rebekah E. Rickner interviews Veteran Richard BryeHonoring the Voices and Experiences of Veterans
My Life, My Story. A unique VA project that lets Veterans tell their VA care team about their life and careers, who they are as a person and then have their story added to their VA medical record.

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