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VA San Diego Healthcare System

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physician taking notes, holding a pen and clipboardVASDHS awarded new physician resident positions
Leaders at the VA San Diego Healthcare System learned on November 9, that they have been awarded new physician residency positions by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations.
DAV van driver holding the door for a VeteranDAV Volunteer Drivers needed
The DAV drivers, all volunteers, are the backbone of the operation. The door-to-door service covers the greater San Diego area from South Bay to North County, including Oceanside, Escondido, and El Centro.
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 5, 2015 to December 30, 2015. Patients with a scheduled appointment will be given flu vaccine during their clinic appointment.
VA chula vista clinic signNew Location for VA Chula Vista Clinic Announced
VA San Diego Healthcare System is pleased to announce that we have signed a lease for an interim clinic in Chula Vista until a permanent clinic that will triple in size can be constructed.
8th Annual National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic flyer8th Annual National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic
VASDHS will host the Eighth National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic in San Diego, September 13 – 18, which will include innovative adaptive sporting events such as sailing, kayaking, surfing, cycling, rowing, and archery.
gluten-free text on green backgroundCan You Lose Weight on a Gluten-Free Diet?
More Americans are cutting back on their consumption of foods with gluten than ever before. According to recent market research by the NPD Group, this is around 70 million people, or nearly 29 percent of adult Americans.
male veteran with his wife sitting next to himSan Diego Volunteer Began First Patient Taxi
Tom Lamb had ten years volunteer experience when he started helping patients with transportation to reach their appointments; as a Navy Veteran, it was his way of giving back.
a group of women veterans during Celebrating Women Veterans eventRecap: Celebrating Women Veterans Event
VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) held the Celebrating Women Veterans Event on July 10 at the Oceanside Clinic to honor women Veterans and provide information for women Veterans across the county.
ptsd logoVA San Diego Recognizes PTSD Awareness Month
June is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month and VA San Diego Healthcare System is hosting a program at the medical center multipurpose room on June 26th from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.
Women Veterans Campaign flyerVA San Diego to Honor Women Veterans
On July 10, VA San Diego Healthcare System will hold a special celebration and resource fair at the Oceanside Clinic to honor our women Veterans and to reinforce our commitment to their care.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Happy HolidaysReligious Exercise and Expression in VA Facilities
VA appreciates religious groups and other organizations that wish to celebrate the holidays with our Veterans. Here are the guidelines to help you observe the season with our patients and residents.
Man in a wheelchair with a woman standing to his sideHonoring Family and Friends Who Care for Veterans
Respite care provides a break for a Veteran's regular caregiver, and VA offers professional respite care to caregivers. Eligible Veterans may be eligible to receive 30 days of respite care per year.
Major Anthony SmithOne Story of Millions Who Have Borne the Battle
From a body bag to a black belt. After being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, Anthony Smith was presumed dead and placed in a body bag. Today, after 100 surgeries, he has a martial arts black belt.
A woman with a stethoscope reviews a paper with an older man holding a canePlanning for Getting Older: Is it Ever Too Early?
Over half of America's Veterans are over 65. It's estimated 70% of them will eventually need long term care. Have you and your family made any plans? Here's what one Veteran did ... and you can too.
Two men and two women chopping vegetables around a kitchen counterVA Gourmet - Teaching Vets How to Cook Healthy
At the Fargo VA in North Dakota, a team of dietitians is dedicated to teaching Veterans how to prepare quick, easy meals that are nutritious and healthy (and taste good too).
A tall, cylindrical machine stands in the center of a hospital room and emits blue light Milwaukee VA Medical Center Zaps Germs with Robots
Milwaukee VA Medical Center protects the health and safety of Veteran patients with new robots that kill numerous micro-organisms in about 15 minutes. It scrambles the DNA of bacteria.
Detail of a painting featuring military boots and high heelsCreative Arts Festival 2015
Over 100 Veterans are gathering in North Carolina this week for VA's national annual Creative Arts Festival. It's music, painting, dancing, sculpture ... and it's therapeutic.
A woman sits on a bed while readingHomeless Alabama Veteran Home at Last
Army Veteran April Rencher didn't plan on becoming homeless. But after watching her world fall apart, she's now building a new life for herself with a little help from her friends at the Tuscaloosa VA.
A woman in a lab coat shows a patient two computer monitors displaying mammogram imagesBreast Cancer: The Importance of Mammograms
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, but early detection saves lives, which is why mammograms are so important. VA's 3D technology is improving cancer detection rates.
An audiologist installs a hearing aid for a Veteran patientVeterans! Hard of hearing? VA can help.
Whether from high noise in military operations or during training, hearing loss and tinnitus account for the two most prevalent service-connected disabilities among Veterans. Many do not realize it until too late.

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