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Mary and Dawn at LBJ 100 Bike RideMosul to Maine – a Journey of Trauma and Recovery
Army Veteran Mary Torczon nearly lost her life when a car bomb in Mosul killed her best friends and left her with a TBI – then things worse. But now Mary is thriving thanks to the VA and our community partners!
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Medical Technologist Dionne Hockett operates the new BioFire Blood Culture Identification system New Blood Culture ID System Improves Care for Vets
VA's Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has a new system that lets doctors find harmful microorganisms in blood samples in just a few hours vs. three days with the old method.
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.

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