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Veterans Canteen Service logoVACCHCS Helps in Wake of Hurricane Harvey
VA has a long-standing tradition of helping whenever and wherever disaster strikes. VA’s mission is to provide continued, quality health care to Veterans, as well as other services.
E Company, 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, IraqCombat Veteran on suicide; Helps other Vets
She tried to take her own life eight times in a year in the 4th Infantry Division in 2008. The stressors of combat, losing close friends in battle and adapting to life back in the U.S. after serving in Iraq was too much.
VACCHCS Main EntranceVACCHCS Embracing Modernization
Building on the progress we have made, Modernization is about improving the VA’s performance to better serve Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors while being good stewards of tax payer dollars.
Jonathan Waltiere, shoots for the hoop at the 37th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, Cincinnati, OhioVA CCHCS Veteran athletes bring home gold, silver
Seven Veteran athletes from the VA Central California Health Care System in Fresno, Calif., participated in the 37th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 17-22, takes home good share of medals...
Miss California at Fresno VAMiss California at Fresno VA
VACCHCS hosted Miss California/Miss California Teen June 23. About 80 contestants visited the main VA hospital in Fresno, While there, they toured the Community Living Center, Walk of Honor and the Primary Care areas.
VACCHCS Nurse of the Year, Doca MerdjanoskaVACCHCS Nurse of the Year
Becoming a nurse and helping people is something she always aspired to do, even as a young girl in her home country of Macedonia. But being recognized as the best nurse for an entire health care system is...
Photo of Battlefield Cross, at the Wall of HonorVACCHCS Unveils Walk of Honor
VACCHCS unveiled the Walk of Honor Memorial – Honoring All Who Served on November 14, 2015. The names of 1085 Veterans are currently inscribed on the memorial, including more than 40 killed in action.
Pictured is the wallet of WW II, U.S. Army Veteran, Eligio Ramos, 91, found and returned 70 years later after losing it in an Austrian farmhouse in 1945Lost Wallet Returned to WWII Vet 70 Years Later
These days losing a wallet can be quite frustrating, and the chances of getting it back are rare. Imagine a lifetime passing-by then receiving a letter informing you that your long lost wallet has been found...
Small VA Voluntary Service imageVA Summer of Service Hopes to Bolster Volunteerism
WASHINGTON, DC—The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a new nationwide initiative designed to build upon its existing partnerships to grow the number of individuals and organizations serving Veterans
Imag of Valor Games logo.Valley Veterans Win 28 medals in Paralympic Games
Central Valley Veterans won a total of 28 medals after competing in the Valor Games Far West, competition on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., from May 29 to June 1, 2015.

From the Veterans Health Administration

National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.
Women Veterans on the lake in canoesWomen Veterans: Retreat Healthy and Healing
Women Veterans attend Healing in Nature Retreat which promotes whole health and wellness to help women Veterans explore personal wellness goals. “My best six days since coming home.”

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