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VA San Diego Healthcare System

Local Features

female patient receiving flu shotFree Seasonal Flu Shots for Enrolled Veterans
VA San Diego Healthcare System offers FREE flu shots for all enrolled Veterans, October 3, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Patients with a scheduled appointment will be given flu vaccine during their clinic appointment.
man standing under the sun, drining waterStay Cool, Stay Hydrated, Take Care this Summer
Summer is here! VA San Diego Healthcare System reminds everyone to take care of yourself, stay cool, drink plenty of water, and protect your skin when under the sun during summer.
ptsd logo1 in 5 Recent Combat Vets in San Diego have PTSD
Veteran Jordan Miller came back from his last deployment to find that home no longer felt like home. Six months out of his discharge from active duty in the Navy, his environment was the same as always, but he was not.
female pharmacistSafe Pain Treatment a Priority at VA San Diego
Nearly 60 percent of Veterans returning from the Middle East and 50 percent of older Veterans suffer from chronic pain, leading to an increase in the use of opioids over the years.
female researcher with multiple test tubesSan Diego VAMC Hosts Research Symposium
The San Diego VA Medical Center will host a Research Symposium on May 20, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the VA Medical Center Multipurpose Room, 3350 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA.
VASDHS Cancer Survivor Clinic staff discuss their program March 9.VASDHS Opens Cancer Survivor Clinic
“We realized a need that was missing so we put in a proposal to have a clinic here,” said Paula Muehlbauer, VA San Diego nurse and organizer of last year’s cancer survivor event.
ribbon cuttingSan Diego VAMC Emergency Department Remodel
VASDHS celebrated the Emergency Department remodeling project on April 15, with the addition of 4,000 square feet to the existing space, to improve patient flow and reduce wait times.
2016 Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality logoVASDHS is a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality
VASDHS has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender civil rights organization.
huey helicopterVietnam Veterans to be honored at Ceremony
Vietnam War Veterans are invited to a free ceremony to recognize, honor and thank them for their service. The commemorative event will be held on March 29, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Scottish Rite Event Center.
Profile picture of Bob GunnoeVolunteer honors Veterans
Although Gunnoe isn’t a Veteran, he believes volunteering at the VA has enriched his life and allows him to give back to his community. “Veterans need and deserve all the help we can give them,” he said.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Elderly men, sitting at a table enjoying a cup of coffee while talking to one anotherAre You Ready to Make Your Choices?
Are you ready to make your choices? Advance Care Planning: Your preferences for future health care. Advance Directive: Tell others your preferences and who you have chosen to be your Health Care Agent.
VA nurses Heather Frank (L) and Jill Jefferson along with Simulator SAM during  ICU simulation training at the VA medical center in Des Moines, Iowa.Heather Frank - One of VA’s Top Nurses
Introducing Heather Frank, one of VA's and Iowa's, Top Nurses, whose extra effort has helped Vietnam Veterans in her Iowa Veteran Affairs hospital, receive awards for their service.
Vietnam Marine Corps Veteran Robert Hall and Primary Care Physician Dr. Sabrina FelsonVietnam Marine Corps Veteran – Forever Proud
Vietnam Vet, given grave cancer prognosis, says his top priority is family and his 11-month-old spirited grandson. “When my dad lies down next to him, Jayden just falls asleep.”
Veteran Lewis Taylor in Medical Foster HomeCouples Caring for Veterans in Foster Homes
There is an alternative to a nursing home for eligible Veterans. VA's Medical Foster Home Program is for Veterans no longer able to safely live independently. Here are two couples who participate.
Doctor and Veteran PatientSan Diego VA Doctor Patients’ Best Friend
He reminds his patients of “those doctors from 50 years ago where they sit down and talk to you and are like your best friend. ”Meet Dr. James Michelson of VA San Diego.
VA Nurse and patient talkingCaring for Veterans at Work and at Home
VA has great employees and some of the best are our nurses. Drema Bratton, a VA nurse for 37 years, was recently named Nurse of the Year at her Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
A parent and Veteran sitting together“They Saved My Son's Life”
Families of Veterans with problems have a remarkable confidential VA program designed to assist them in finding the help they need with compassion, patience and understanding.
Social Add, Be there for a Veteran in CrisisBe There for a Veteran in Crisis
September is Suicide Prevention Month and VA is asking for the entire nation’s help in reducing Veteran suicide and calling on everyone to Be There for Veterans and Service members.
Veterans planking at the GymHealth and Fitness for Older Veterans
VA's Gerofit fitness and health promotion program reduces the risk of the need for nursing home care by developing individually tailored, functionally-based exercise for America's older Veterans.
Dr. Bush and Army Veteran Michael Fuller I am here to help, that is my gift to you.
VA Audiologist Dr. Erica Bush lost her hearing as a child and understands the challenges of Veterans with hearing problems. Read her inspiring story of turning her experiences into helping Veterans.

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