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Veterans Affairs Health Issues

Wounded Warrior Praises Family’s Support

By Donna Miles – American Forces Press Service Playing the role of Army Lt. Col. Mick Canales, a combat-wounded double amputee in the 2012 movie, “Battleship,” Army Col. Gregory D. Gadson didn’t flinch for a minute before stepping from his vehicle, one prosthetic leg at a time, and, declaring, “I got it,” before defeating an extraterrestrial […]


Sarasota National Cemetery Employees Step In to Save a Veteran

Compliments of: Written by: Chris Erbe An opportunity to help a Veteran, or anyone else, in a crisis situation can happen at any time. Cemetery representative James Knight and his colleagues at Sarasota National Cemetery in Florida recently had such an opportunity. Knight sat down with a Veteran in the cemetery’s conference room one afternoon to […]


Stand Downs: VA and Partners Helping Homeless Vets

Stand Downs are collaborative events between VA and other agencies which serve homeless Veterans.   Compliments of: Hans Petersen Stand Downs are one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless Veterans. Stand Downs are one to three day events providing health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling and […]


Step By Step – Rebuilding a Life After a Suicide Attempt

Compliments of: Written by  Sue Martin At 26 years of age, my life had hit rock bottom. Deeply depressed, I had reached the point where I believed I no longer had options. Placing a loaded gun to my head, I pulled the trigger. There was an explosion and in an instant my world went dark. […]


Suicide Prevention Remains Ongoing Battle, Senior Official Says

By Terri Moon Cronk   The Defense Department and the military services have made inroads in suicide prevention, but work remains to be done, the vice director of the Joint Staff, told an audience of military chaplains here this week. Army Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim addressed the Chaplains’ Resilience and Suicide Prevention Forum at […]


Webinar to Outline TRICARE’s Preventive Care Benefit

TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting a webinar to educate TRICARE beneficiaries about the preventive care benefits available to them. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, from 1-2 p.m. EDT. To sign up go to www.militaryonesource.mil/webinar and remember, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited due to system capacity. Participants […]


VA Announces Big Expansion of ‘VetSuccess on Campus’

By Karen Parrish:  American Forces Press Service As a new school year begins, a Department of Veterans Affairs official announced today that VA will nearly triple the number of colleges and universities it partners with to offer on-campus vocational and rehabilitative VA counseling through its “VetSuccess on Campus” program. Curt Coy, VA’s deputy undersecretary for […]


Patients Re-Learn Basic Living Skills at VA’s MyHome

Laurel Koval, an occupational therapist at the Pittsburgh VA, gives Veteran Gloria Stephenson clothes washing tips in MyHome’s laundry room. Photo by William George, Pittsburgh VA Medical Center   by Tom Cramer, VA Staff Writer The folks at the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh have figured out a unique way to help wounded Veterans transition […]


War Hero Credits Counseling for Continued Improvement

By Karen Parrish of American Forces Press Service   On Oct. 3, 2009, 54 soldiers from Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, defended Combat Outpost Keating, near the town of Kamdesh in eastern Afghanistan’s Nuristan province, from an estimated 400 enemy fighters who breached and nearly overran the position. Eight U.S. soldiers died during or […]



Compliments of: The Department of  Veterans Affairs HUD-VASH vouchers to build on 17 percent decline in veteran homelessness since 2009 The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs today announced the second round of HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) funding to local public housing agencies across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. […]


HUD, VA Announce More Funds to Help Homeless Veterans

Compliments of: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development   The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs today announced the second round of HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing funding to local public housing agencies across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The $7.8 million in added funding will provide […]

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