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  • PostedDecember 5, 2018
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#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Bendix L. Peterson

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Bendix L. Peterson. Bendix served during World War I and World War II. Bendix was born on November 22nd, 1884 in Portland, Maine to Swedish and Danish immigrants. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the Army for the first time. He initially served in the National Guard at Fort Preble in Portland with an artillery company until his discharge in 1909. Bendix enlisted again in 1916 during World War I at the age…

  • PostedNovember 30, 2018
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Helping Veterans with PTSD through partnerships and innovation

Posted on Friday, November 30, 2018 This Veterans Month we honor America’s Veterans for their bravery in war, their patriotism, and their willingness to serve our nation and protect our freedom. As Veterans Month draws to a close, we are reminded that there is no greater honor than to care for our nation’s Veterans. To serve those who serve. The Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to ensuring that our Veterans get the support they need to thrive when they…

Brother-Sister duo spend summer serving Veterans at VA hospital in New Orleans

Brother-Sister duo spend summer serving Veterans at VA hospital in New Orleans Stacie M. Rivera, public affairs specialist for the VHA Office of Informatics and Analytics, is based at the New Orleans VA Medical Center. She is proud of her volunteer children and discusses their commitment in this blog. Friday, September 21, 2018 In the spirit of attending to the needs of others, Mateo Rivera and his sister Dulcé spent some of their summer volunteering at their local VA health…

Mental Health Executive Order: The health and well-being of our nation’s Veterans is our highest priority

Mental Health Executive Order: The health and well-being of our nation’s Veterans is our highest priority Tuesday, September 18 Transitioning from active duty to civilian life can often be overwhelming even in the best of circumstances. VA research shows the year following separation from active duty military service can pose many transition-related challenges — such as homelessness, family reintegration, employment, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance misuse — that can increase the risk for suicide. As part of a January 2018 Mental…

  • PostedJanuary 25, 2018
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Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care

Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans’ Health Care By Melanie L. Thomas, MBA - Public Affairs Specialist, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Tuesday, January 23, 2018 The Department of Veterans Affairs is revolutionizing the use of new health care technology to deliver convenient, accessible health care to Veterans. VA’s TeleHealth service is mission critical to the future direction of VA, and utilizes health informatics, disease management and telehealth technologies to care for and provide case management. More importantly, it helps Veterans to continue…

  • PostedJanuary 15, 2018
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Research Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans

Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia Paden. All photos by Mitch Mirkin By Mitch Mirkin, VA Research Communications Tuesday, January 2, 2018 If you’re up in years and don’t get around so well anymore, take heart from a group of seniors at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. These older Veterans are making strides—literally—in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls—and get up from a fall if they do have…

  • PostedAugust 4, 2017
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Congress Just Made Huge Changes to the GI Bill. Here’s What Matters Most for Veterans

In a rare moment of unity, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., just passed a major expansion to the education benefits for U.S. military veterans. The bill, called the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2017, flew through both the House of Representatives and the Senate in the span of three weeks, passing both by unanimous votes. After the Senate's vote on Wednesday, the bill is headed to President Trump's desk, where it's expected he'll sign. Veterans advocates have been…

  • PostedJune 17, 2017
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New White House Policies Could Put Veterans’ Health at Stake

New White House Policies Could Put Veterans' Health at Stake Veterans voted for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton by a 2-to-1 margin back in November. But a couple of changes that the new administration has underway are likely to put a particular squeeze on former service members' health care. One particular flashpoint is at the Department of Veterans Affairs. When President Trump made good on his campaign promise last week to freeze federal hiring, the move included thousands of open…

  • PostedMay 11, 2017
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Big cities continue to be centers for innovative solutions and services.

Big cities continue to be centers for innovative solutions and services. Legacy systems that are not interoperable, and numerous silo information technology systems pose budgetary, operational, and workforce challenges for health departments. Governments are quickly identifying opportunities to take advantage of this energy and revolutionize the means by which they deliver services to the public. The governmental public health sector is rapidly evolving in this respect, and Chicago is an emerging example of some of the changes to come. Governments…