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Local Features

group photo of inpatient veterans and women of Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 3788Veterans Receive Quilts for the Holidays
Inpatients at the VASDHS were surprised on Dec. 17 to be visited by women of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 3788, who brought holiday cheer in the form of handmade quilts along with a holiday card.
food drive packing dayVA employees share love at the holidays
“The Veterans we serve are more than just patients, they are part of our VA family,” said Geri Hollinger, 2014 Care & Share Coordinator at the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS).
male patient watches television shows while lying down on his GetWellNetwork monitorVASDHS Launches Interactive Engagement System
To create a more engaging and interactive experience for inpatients, VA San Diego Healthcare System is now one of 38 VA medical centers using a system called the GetWellNetwork.
man sitting on a benchVASDHS encourages Veterans to be tobacco free
Vietnam Veteran Ronald Ward has a great reason to remind him why he shouldn’t smoke. “Your health,” he says. It’s this simple fact that has kept him away from cigarettes since 2010.
VA San Diego staffHonoring America's Heroes
Veterans Day is a special time to honor America's Veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and sacrifice to protect our freedom and democracy. Catch VASDHS at the San Diego County Veterans Day Parade on Nov 11.
mom and baby inside the carCVS to donate infant car seats to Veteran mothers
CVS Health will kick off its plan to donate $2,500 worth of infant car seats to soon-to-be Veteran mothers enrolled at the VASDHS with a ceremony on Nov. 6, at 11:30 a.m., in the multipurpose room.
female patient receiving flu shotFree Seasonal Flu Shots for Enrolled Veterans
San Diego VAMC offers FREE flu shots for all enrolled Veterans, September 29, 2014 to December 30, 2014. Patients with a scheduled appointment will be given flu vaccine during their clinic appointment.
town hall meetings announcement flyerVASDHS announces local Veterans Town Hall meetings
The VA San Diego Healthcare System is hosting town hall meetings for Veterans, family members, and the public to provide feedback on VA health care services and make recommendations for improvement.
man sitting, looking down with both hands on his headSeptember is Suicide Prevention Month
Taking the time to reach out can be the first step to getting those who served the support they need. A single action – one call, one chat, one text, one conversation – can have a significant impact.
Veteran fills out paperworkHomeless Programs Transforming Lives In San Diego
A San Diego County Veteran Center outreach program is quietly transforming lives of homeless veterans in ways they never dreamt while helping save taxpayers money in the bargain.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Woman checking a mailboxVeterans Can Now Track Delivery of Prescriptions
A VA employee thought if he could track the delivery of his gifts online, why not make it possible for Veterans to track the delivery of their prescriptions the same way? Now, they can.
Close up of an elderly man's face, standing in front of a treeVeteran Survived the Battle of the Bulge
Seventy years ago this month, stubbornly brave American soldiers fought the Battle of the Bulge. Arthur Berkowitz, 91, was one of them. He recalls the battle and a bullet that later shattered his knee.
A nurse prepares to draw blood from a female VeteranObjective: Help improve health care for Veterans
Over 300,000 Veterans have joined the Million Veteran Program, a partnership between VA and Veterans to establish a database of information which may lead to preventing and treating illnesses in Veterans.
Cartoon of a man showing a presentation on managing stressSeven Ways to Manage Stress during the Holidays
Holidays should be about family, friends and fun. But what about all those demands and deadlines? Here are some tips to help Veterans and their families manage all that stress, now and all year long.
Smoldering navy ship, USS ArizonaUSS Arizona Survivor Recalls Pearl Harbor Attack
Lonnie Cook, 94, is one of nine USS Arizona survivors still living. His plans for a day of liberty in Honolulu came to a halt just before 8:00 on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941.
Elderly woman in a wheelchair hugs a young womanAt Wyoming VA, No Veteran Dies Alone
Since 2012, volunteers at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center in Wyoming have been spending hours sitting at the bedside of dying Veterans, keeping them company as they near their final journey.
Woman and man talkingGiving Thanks ... with Empathy and Hope
PJ Johnson knows about recovery. She was hit by a car while undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. During her rehab, the Veterans she usually helps encouraged her to get better and come back to them.
Close up portrait of Dr. Matthew FriedmanBrain Bank to Help in Treatment of PTSD
A new brain bank in Vermont will help with understanding abnormal brain activity in PTSD and could pave the way for new approaches to diagnosis and treatment of individuals with PTSD.
Male Veteran on a beach inhailing the fresh air.Quit Smoking for Your Health and Breathe Easier
November 20th is the Great American Smokeout. Join the Smokeout by quitting or making a plan to quit smoking that day. Succeed with helpful tips from Dr. Timothy P. Carmody.
Image of a male doctor taking the pulse of a female patient.Just Saying No to Pain Meds
Specialists at the VA in Charleston, South Carolina, have helped more than 400 patients ease off their chronic pain medications. How did they do it? The answer might surprise you.

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