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West Texas VA Health Care System

Local Features

Rural HealthMeeting Needs for Veterans who Live in Rural Areas
In an article published by The New York Times on October 14, 2015, entitled “Bring Back House Calls”, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar wrote, “Before World War II about 40% of all doctor-patient encounters were house calls.
Veteran Healing CenterMeeting the Mental Health Needs of Veterans
Since 2001, 2.4 million active duty and reserve military personal were deployed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of this group, nearly 730,000 men and women will have a mental health condition requiring treatment
Babies younger than 6 months are more likely to develop certain infectious diseases than older children.Immunizations Contribute to Good Health
Babies younger than 6 months are more likely to develop certain infectious diseases than older children. Cocooning is a way to protect babies from catching diseases from people around them.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
First of all what is S.T.E.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and STEM Schools focus on these subjects to help our nation's youth gain the skills required to succeed in today's world.
Facility Efforts with Community PartnersFacility Efforts with Community Partners
Today the Department of Veterans Affairs operates 152 VA Medical Centers and over 2,000 Community Based Outpatient and Outreach Clinics. VA’s mission is to “serve those that have borne the battle.
WTVAHCS Women Veterans ProgramWTVAHCS Women Veterans Program
Did you know that women are the fastest growing group within the Veteran population? VA's Women’s Health Services provides programmatic and strategic support to for all women Veterans.
XXXVolunteer Contributions to Facility Operations
In the VA Healthcare System, volunteers are a crucial element in everyday functions. Over 140,000 volunteers gave more than 11 million hours in service to America's Veterans.
March FeatureTraining the Next Generation of Providers
In an employment market that exists at the WTVAHCS, training the next generation of healthcare providers begins with customer service which all service industry organizations value first.
ComputerClick 2 Benefits
How does a Veteran in sparsely populated West Texas obtain the personalized benefit information and claims assistance offered by a VA Regional Office 300 miles away? Click 2 Benefits is here to help!
Healthy FoodHealth and Wellness in the New Year
There are some proactive strategies that can help improve health in the New Year. First the best and easiest way to be proactive about your health is to change your eating habits.

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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