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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.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Dave Miller assists homeless VeteransMarine Veteran is VA's Male Volunteer of the Year
Marine Corps Veteran David Miller has been volunteering at VA for over 25 years and has been named the 2017 National Male Volunteer of the Year. Miller served in Vietnam during the TET II offensive.
An elderly male Veteran in a wheelchair, entering a van.VA Helps Vietnam Veteran Get His Life Back
Dale Herb's life came to a grinding halt about a year ago when he lost the use of his legs and couldn't leave his home. Today, thanks to a little help from the VA, he's completely mobile again.
FC Vincent Savarino, bottom right corner, with members of the 8th Field Artillery, Battery A on a beach in Oahu, Hawaii in 1935Veteran Volunteer to Celebrate 100th Birthday
Woodrow Wilson was President when Veteran Volunteer Vincent Savarino was born. This month he will celebrate birthday number 100 during National Volunteer Week at the Wilkes-Barre VA medical center.
Male patient resting in bed following surgeryWith VA's Help, Waco Veteran Gets a Second Chance
Thirty-year-old Stephen Jacinto survived two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. It was only after he returned home to Waco, Texas, that the Air Force Veteran discovered his own mortality.
Veteran Brandon Myers removes his shoes from a wheelchair he used to harness an exoskeleton walking deviceRobotic Brace for Veterans of Spinal Cord Injury
It's called an Exoskeleton and it uses motion sensors and a computer control system to allow Veterans with spinal cord injuries to stand and take steps, with a little help.
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.

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