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Local Features

signing of declaration to Veteran suicide preventionVeteran Suicide Prevention Month 2017: #BeThere
The VA’s successful BeThere campaign continues to bring attention and support, emphasizing the fact that one small act could save the life of a Veteran or Service Member in crisis.
The Vietnam War - PBS SeriesVeteran Resources - KPBS Vietnam War series
The upcoming PBS Series on the Vietnam War (starts 9/17/17) may bring up stressful memories for combat Veterans. If you are a combat Veteran and need assistance, there are various resources are available for you.
Mental Health Summit flyerSan Diego VAMC Hosts Mental Health Summit
How do the VA and community work together to address the mental health needs of Veterans, enhance access to those services, and promote suicide prevention in the San Diego Community?
Stand Down 201730 Years of Medical Care at Stand Down
In its 30 years of operation, the San Diego Stand Down has reached many thousands of homeless Veterans and their families living in the area to provide basic needs during the summer.
Dr. H. Kirk HammondVASDHS Doctor Receives Highest VA Research Award
VASDHS is pleased to announce that Dr. H. Kirk Hammond, a researcher and cardiologist with the VASDHS, has been awarded the 2017 William S. Middleton Award – the highest research honor in the VA.
Female phychiatrist while talking to a famale veteranFour Things You Should Know About PTSD
PTSD continues to be a leading health issue among Veterans of recent conflicts overseas. In San Diego, nearly a fourth of Veterans screened at the VA who served in Iraq or Afghanistan between FY2010 - 2016 have PTSD.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Palm Trees and cloudy skyMy HealtheVet: Vital Resource During Emergency
During an emergency, Veterans enrolled in My HealtheVet can access their medication refills, health records and other valuable tools when medical centers and other facilities are inaccessible.
Runner on the beachWith VA Adaptive Sports, life has become a joy
It's more than therapy. The Veterans Summer Sports Clinic offers many exciting recreational opportunities for Veterans accepting the challenge to strengthen their bodies and improve their self-worth.
HealtheVet New Home pageMy HealtheVet has a New Look - Check it Out!
The next generation of My HealtheVet is here, and we think you will like what you see! The new site was recently redesigned with new colors and a cleaner look. Check it out today!
Veteran and volunteer in golf kartNational Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament
The National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament, being held this week in Iowa City, Iowa, gives disabled Veterans an opportunity to learn new skills and strengthen their self-esteem.
Veteran Daniel Glanz shows off the new prosthetic hand, an iLimb QuantumVeteran Receives High-tech Prosthetic Hand
Afghanistan Veteran Daniel Glanz has a brand new prosthetic hand, an iLimb Quantum, with functions that are programmable with a smartphone app and can change functions with a simple gesture.
Veteran Alexandrea Gries and her service dog ShermanVeteran talks about suicide to help other Veterans
Combat Veteran Alexandrea Gries shares her experiences with Veterans to help them overcome their obstacles and issues. “VA is probably the single biggest reason why I'm still alive.”
Richard Weaver, Registered Cardiac Invasive Specialist and Dr. Izzat Shah, M.D. Helping Hands for Healthy Hearts for PA Veterans
At the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, the new cardiac catheterization suite offers state-of-the-art care for area Veterans close to home. Less travel and loved ones by their side.
Potted plants on displayVeteran Shares Green Thumb Hobby with Fellow Vets
An Iraq war Veteran tells his story of post-combat struggles and how Veterans Affairs health care professionals helped him commit to a better life and share his green thumb hobby.
Female soldier standing in front of American FlagVeteran Sexual Trauma Victims: You Are Not Alone
After Mary experienced Military Sexual Trauma, she was afraid to report it. She thought she was alone. She got help at VA and now wants to get the word out to other Veterans about MST coordinators.
Dr. Schutzer conducting researchVeterans Find Prostate Cancer Cure at McGuire
Veterans across America travel to McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond for treatment of moderate to aggressive forms of prostate cancer using “brachytherapy” a much better option for Veterans.

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