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Noted audiology researcher Dr. Richard Wilson retired earlier this year after a pioneering career that spanned more than four decades.Audiology Pioneer Looks Back at His 42yr VA Career
A self-described maverick, Dr. Richard Wilson has always pushed boundaries. When he joined VA in 1972, he was told "research was not part of the responsibility' of the audiology team. That policy didn't last long.
Guide dog golden retriever standing next to a manOn Point
Partnerships between war-blinded Veterans and guide dogs were recorded as early as 1899, and a concerted effort was made by the German Red Cross to train and provide dogs to war-blinded Veterans.
Susan Delanko, Registered Kinesiotherapist, VA Pittsburgh Health Care System instructs tai chi with her patients.National Kinesiotherapy (KT) Week – September 8-12
During WW II, corrective physical reconditioning units were established to accelerate the return of troops to active duty following injury, As a result corrective therapists became a part of the rehabilitation effort...
Chris Melendez, disabled Army Veteran, TNA Wrestling star and grand marshal of the 4th Annual Heroes on the Hudson event, at Pier 66 in Manhattan, greets a disabled Veteran.Watering Down Their Worries
Out on the water with the wind in your hair, it’s hard to feel anything but exhilarated. That’s what's behind an annual event "Heroes on the Hudson" in which disabled Veterans spend the day on the Hudson River.
First Chief of the Blind Center Russ Williams in his office talking with a patient at the first Blind Rehabilitation Center, Hines VA Hospital in Chicago.Post WWII – Commitment to Blind Veterans
"No blinded servicemen from WWII would be returned to their homes without adequate training to meet the problems of necessity imposed upon them by their blindness." -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt
A user of the DARPA-funded "Modular Prosthetic Limb," in development by a team at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, shakes hand with an attendee at the Federal Advanced Amputation Skills Training symposium. (Photo by Randy McCracken)VA & DoD at the Forefront of Rehab Medicine
From double arm transplants to robotic limbs, the Department of Veteran Affairs and Department of Defense share latest technology in support of Veterans and Servicemembers with limb loss.
Good Buddies —- Army Veteran Larry Opitz spends some time with his favorite horse, Kris, at Strongwater Farm in Tewksbury, Mass. Photo by Bob Whitaker, Lowell Sun   www.lowellsun.com     Used with permission.Reining in PTSD With Equestrian Therapy
“Interaction with an animal makes you feel more relaxed,” said Joe Grimard, “You’re connecting with an animal, a living thing, and that’s all you’re focused on. You’re no longer focusing on yourself, or your problems.”
Richmond VAMC VIST Coordinator, Evelyn Cabrera-Heatwole in actionDo You Know My VIST Coordinator?
Visual Impairment Services Team Coordinators in the Veterans Health Administration provide very important and needed services. They are there to assure that blind Veterans get "the best care anywhere".
Bruce Davis on Capitol HillVIST Coordinator Recognized on Capitol
The Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF) presented Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) Coordinator Bruce Davis with the George Alexander Memorial Volunteer Award during a ceremony on Capitol Hill.
Blinded Veteran Michael Jernigan and his Guide Dog BrittaniUnless it happens to you (you just don’t know)
The experience of blinded Veterans: Losing the ability to see through your own eyes is something that cannot be imagined; it’s a world those outside of it may never fully understand.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Runner on the beachWith VA Adaptive Sports, life has become a joy
It's more than therapy. The Veterans Summer Sports Clinic offers many exciting recreational opportunities for Veterans accepting the challenge to strengthen their bodies and improve their self-worth.
HealtheVet New Home pageMy HealtheVet has a New Look - Check it Out!
The next generation of My HealtheVet is here, and we think you will like what you see! The new site was recently redesigned with new colors and a cleaner look. Check it out today!
Veteran and volunteer in golf kartNational Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament
The National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament, being held this week in Iowa City, Iowa, gives disabled Veterans an opportunity to learn new skills and strengthen their self-esteem.
Veteran Daniel Glanz shows off the new prosthetic hand, an iLimb QuantumVeteran Receives High-tech Prosthetic Hand
Afghanistan Veteran Daniel Glanz has a brand new prosthetic hand, an iLimb Quantum, with functions that are programmable with a smartphone app and can change functions with a simple gesture.
Veteran Alexandrea Gries and her service dog ShermanVeteran talks about suicide to help other Veterans
Combat Veteran Alexandrea Gries shares her experiences with Veterans to help them overcome their obstacles and issues. “VA is probably the single biggest reason why I'm still alive.”
Richard Weaver, Registered Cardiac Invasive Specialist and Dr. Izzat Shah, M.D. Helping Hands for Healthy Hearts for PA Veterans
At the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, the new cardiac catheterization suite offers state-of-the-art care for area Veterans close to home. Less travel and loved ones by their side.
Potted plants on displayVeteran Shares Green Thumb Hobby with Fellow Vets
An Iraq war Veteran tells his story of post-combat struggles and how Veterans Affairs health care professionals helped him commit to a better life and share his green thumb hobby.
Female soldier standing in front of American FlagVeteran Sexual Trauma Victims: You Are Not Alone
After Mary experienced Military Sexual Trauma, she was afraid to report it. She thought she was alone. She got help at VA and now wants to get the word out to other Veterans about MST coordinators.
Dr. Schutzer conducting researchVeterans Find Prostate Cancer Cure at McGuire
Veterans across America travel to McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond for treatment of moderate to aggressive forms of prostate cancer using “brachytherapy” a much better option for Veterans.
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.

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