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Local Features

male Veteran on the floor doing yoga exercisesYoga for Veterans with Chronic Low Back Pain
Study shows that military Veterans who completed a 12-week yoga program had better scores on a disability questionnaire, improved pain intensity scores & a decline in opioid use.
holding handsDo You Need Veteran-Directed Care?
Need a little extra help at home with daily activities that don’t involve skilled medical care? If so, you may be eligible for Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Services at VA San Diego Healthcare System.
man working on a prosthetic legVA/DoD Projects Offer Efficiency and Convenience
VA San Diego has recently joined together with the Navy on two projects to provide joint care to Veterans, active-duty military service members, retirees, & Department of Defense family members in North County San Diego.
male veteran with dog sitting on the side of the streetVASDHS Initiatives Reduce Veteran Homelessness
“We’re pleased to know that the VA’s efforts to address local challenges through the provision of resources have made a meaningful impact on the number of Veterans who are experiencing homelessness,” said Cara Franke.
male volunteerVA San Diego Healthcare System Needs Volunteers
“I volunteer at the VA not because it will look good on a resume or college application, but because it gives me a reason to be a better person and work hard than I thought possible,” said Emily Hinton, volunteer.
man's hand holding a cell phoneAppointment Text Message Reminders Now Available
“The ultimate goal is to improve the efficiency of patients getting seen and this new reminder system will help us do just that,” said Jason Daglio, who manages the program for VASDHS.
two men sitting with two dogsASPIRE Center now allows Psychiatric Service Dogs
Veteran Anthony Molina delayed applying for entrance to and treatment at the VASDHS ASPIRE Center because there was no local standard operating procedure in place at that time allowing service animal to come with him.
VA San Diego Nurse Researcher, Jill Bormann, Ph.D., RN, FAAN (center) during the award presentationBormann receives two prestigious nursing awards
VA San Diego Nurse Researcher, Jill Bormann, Ph.D., RN, FAAN received two prestigious nursing awards for her extensive body of research on the use of a Mantram Repetition Program.
Imperial Valley exterior photo of the front buildingVA Imperial Valley Clinic opens in new location
The Veterans Affairs (VA) San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) announced the opening of the VA Imperial Valley Clinic in the new location at 1115 South 4th Street, El Centro, Calif, 92243.
Veteran Appointment Request (VAR) AppThe Veteran Appointment Request App is Here!
As part of VA’s focus on ensuring that Veterans receive timely access to health care, VA Mobile has launched the new Veteran Appointment Request (VAR) App to schedule or request primary care & mental health appointments.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Wheelchair basketball gameVeterans Compete in National Wheelchair Games
For Veterans with physical disabilities, the National Wheelchair Games help Veterans become aware of their abilities and potential. And there is a great spirit of healthy activity and camaraderie.
A member of the VA Central California Health Care Systems Hepatitis C Clinic approaches a      homeless persons tent in Fresno, Calif. Getting homeless Veterans tested for Hepatitis C
Jennifer Siilata is a VA clinical pharmacist and she knows how dangerous the Hep C virus is if left untreated. She knows it is curable. Her goal? Find high-risk homeless Veterans and get them tested.
Golden Triangle Performance Ensemble entertains Pittsburgh Veterans after parade around campusPittsburgh Veterans Celebrate the Fourth of July
Independence Day parade at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center honors Veterans living in the Community Living Center. Third year for performers who call it the “highlight of their year.”
Illustration of back musclesVeterans with Back Pain Have Treatment Options
In a survey of more than 3,500 back pain sufferers, 80% said that yoga, tai chi, massage therapy or a chiropractor helped them. Those options can help as much as surgery or drugs, with fewer risks.
Doca Merdjanoska, surgical department nurse at the VA Central California HealthFresno VA Medical Center's Nurse of the Year
Meet Doca Merdjanoska from Macedonia, one of VA's top nurses. Our continuing series of outstanding VA employees features a surgical department nurse at the Fresno VA Medical Center.
Putting sunblock on your skinVeterans: Protect Your Skin and Your Hearing
Veterans: Do you know the difference in Ultraviolet B and Ultraviolet A sun's rays? And what is a safe decibel (dB) level of noise? Here are a few quick handy answers just in time for summer.
Portrait of the Graves family.A Veteran's Final Hours at a VA Hospital
Carol Graves, wife of Army Veteran C.A. Graves, said her 76-year-old husband received the utmost respect and kindness during the last few days of his life at the VA hospital in Shreveport, La.
People KayakingVA and Healing Powers of Nature Rescue Vet
When the transition to civilian life left an Air Force Veteran in a dark place, he turned to VA and nature for help. There is so much healing that goes on when you are alone surrounded by nature.
Male Veteran standing beside a horse.Veterans Conquer Depression with Equine Therapy
For some Veterans coping with depression, post-traumatic stress and even physical pain, spending some quality time with a horse (also known as equine therapy) might just be the perfect remedy.
Postpartum Depression Affects One-in-Seven New MothersWomen Veterans: Help for Postpartum Depression
Pregnant Women Veterans have an increased likelihood of a mental health issue and a higher risk for postpartum depression. Learn the symptoms and treatment options from VA's Women's Health Services.

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