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West Texas VA Health Care System

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Marjorie Harman, West Texas VA Health Care SystemWhat it means to be certified.
You already know most of what you need to know to become a certified nurse. While working at the Carl Vinson Veterans Administration Medical Center in Dublin, Ga., my nurse manager encouraged me to pursue certification.
Help us create Vets.govHelp us Create Vets.Gov
I’m proud to introduce you to the beta version of vets.gov. It’s still a work in progress, but it’s a huge step forward in bringing Veterans the online services they need and deserve.
2nd National Access Stand Down reinforces commitment to access for Veteran patients2nd National Access Stand Down
On Saturday, Feb. 27, VA conducted its second “National Access Stand Down.” From heart to eye surgery, Washington, D.C., VA Medical Center surgeons were busy Saturday caring for Veterans during the Access Stand Down.
Truthpoint VAMethods for Providing Feedback to the VA
The goal of the West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) is to provide high quality healthcare and service to Veterans and has several feedback mechanisms in place to ensure this occurs
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.

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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