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A Veteran addresses Medical Center Director Karin McGraw during the Washington County Town Hall on the Move.Town Halls on the Move Address Veterans' Concerns
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System closed out its inaugural series of Town Halls on the Move with a visit in July to Washington County. VA leadership met with some two dozen Veterans in an open forum.
Chaplain Alan Morris in front of University Drive chapel's stained glass windowPeace and a Good Death
“In end-of-life care, we work to provide a good death for Veterans and their families,” Chaplain Alan Morris said. “A good death requires peace of mind, not only for Veterans, but for their families, as well.”
High school seniors Pallavi Muluk and Katie BrandegeeEllis Memorial Day Program
When high school seniors Pallavi Muluk and Katie Brandegee decided to focus their senior project on Veterans, they reached out to VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s recreation therapy team for guidance.
Officer Kevin Friess standing with his bike.VAPD Bike Patrol
Visitors to VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's H.J. Heinz III campus in O'Hara Township may be surprised to see police officers patrolling on two tires to quickly and efficiently respond to Veteran and staff needs.
Army Veteran Jeffery DeZwaanMind Over Pain
Army Veteran Jeffery DeZwaan was skeptical when his doctor suggested he try VA Pittsburgh’s Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation Program (IPRP) to learn how to manage his chronic back pain without opioids.
Man looking into distanceTreatment Offers Hope for PTSD
Anyone can experience PTSD following a traumatic event or sexual assault. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness. VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System provides PTSD treatments that work.
A recent group of VA Pittsburgh employees took the Warrior to Soul Mate training.Warrior to Soul Mate
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System chaplains are bringing a new program, Warrior to Soul Mate, to Pittsburgh to help Veterans and their spouses reconnect during a weekend workshop.
Deborah DiNardo standing in front of the Women's Health clinic.DiNardo VA Pittsburgh 2016 Co-Doctor of the Year
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Primary Care physician Deborah DiNardo has been named VA Pittsburgh's 2016 Co-Doctor of the Year for her leadership in mentoring and women’s health.
Dr. Jessica Cyr, VA Pittsburgh 2016 Co-Doctor of the Year, standing in hallway.Cyr Named VA Pittsburgh 2016 Co-Doctor of the Year
Providing care to Veterans at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is a team sport that requires many different players for physician Jessica Cyr, VA Pittsburgh's 2016 co-doctor of the year.
Jerry GoldsteinVeteran Devoted Life to Neuropsychology Research
VA Pittsburgh mourns the loss of Army Veteran Gerald "Jerry" Goldstein, 85, a longtime VA researcher whose 60 years of service leaves a legacy in the education, study and treatment of neurological disorders.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Doctor and patient shaking hands10 Things About The Veterans Choice Program
Here's all the information about the Veterans Choice Program. Find out if you are eligible to receive health care from a community provider. How is the 40-mile calculation determined? And other FAQs.
Wheelchair basketball gameVeterans Compete in National Wheelchair Games
For Veterans with physical disabilities, the National Wheelchair Games help Veterans become aware of their abilities and potential. And there is a great spirit of healthy activity and camaraderie.
A member of the VA Central California Health Care Systems Hepatitis C Clinic approaches a      homeless persons tent in Fresno, Calif. Getting homeless Veterans tested for Hepatitis C
Jennifer Siilata is a VA clinical pharmacist and she knows how dangerous the Hep C virus is if left untreated. She knows it is curable. Her goal? Find high-risk homeless Veterans and get them tested.
Golden Triangle Performance Ensemble entertains Pittsburgh Veterans after parade around campusPittsburgh Veterans Celebrate the Fourth of July
Independence Day parade at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center honors Veterans living in the Community Living Center. Third year for performers who call it the “highlight of their year.”
Illustration of back musclesVeterans with Back Pain Have Treatment Options
In a survey of more than 3,500 back pain sufferers, 80% said that yoga, tai chi, massage therapy or a chiropractor helped them. Those options can help as much as surgery or drugs, with fewer risks.
Doca Merdjanoska, surgical department nurse at the VA Central California HealthFresno VA Medical Center's Nurse of the Year
Meet Doca Merdjanoska from Macedonia, one of VA's top nurses. Our continuing series of outstanding VA employees features a surgical department nurse at the Fresno VA Medical Center.
Putting sunblock on your skinVeterans: Protect Your Skin and Your Hearing
Veterans: Do you know the difference in Ultraviolet B and Ultraviolet A sun's rays? And what is a safe decibel (dB) level of noise? Here are a few quick handy answers just in time for summer.
Portrait of the Graves family.A Veteran's Final Hours at a VA Hospital
Carol Graves, wife of Army Veteran C.A. Graves, said her 76-year-old husband received the utmost respect and kindness during the last few days of his life at the VA hospital in Shreveport, La.
People KayakingVA and Healing Powers of Nature Rescue Vet
When the transition to civilian life left an Air Force Veteran in a dark place, he turned to VA and nature for help. There is so much healing that goes on when you are alone surrounded by nature.
Male Veteran standing beside a horse.Veterans Conquer Depression with Equine Therapy
For some Veterans coping with depression, post-traumatic stress and even physical pain, spending some quality time with a horse (also known as equine therapy) might just be the perfect remedy.

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