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Hand ShakeVeteran Town Hall
The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System hosts a Town Hall on Feb. 26th at the Military Veteran Services Center, Bellevue University at 6:00pm. Veterans, family members, survivors, and the public are invited.
A woman sits at a kitchen table with a man in a wheelchair petting a dog.Foster homes provide long-term care for Veterans
The Medical Foster Home program is recruiting caregivers within a 60-mile radius of Grand Island and 30 miles around the Omaha area to provide long-term care in their homes for Veterans.
stock photo of an apple, tape measure and blood glucose monitorDiabetes Education Debunks Myths, Promotes Health
More than 12,000 Veterans are treated for diabetes across VA NWIHCS. Through education, diabetes educators are teaching Veterans how to cope with the disease, which makes it difficult for the body to manage glucose.
Graphic of human body and skeletal system and redness radiating from the left shoulderStepping up care for chronic pain
Approximately 50 percent of male Veterans, and up to 75 percent of women Veterans, treated at VA experience chronic pain. Learn more about how VA helps Veterans with chronic pain.
A provider looks in a patient's ear (stock photo)Audiology Begins Open Access Clinic
The Audiology clinics at the Omaha VAMC and Lincoln VA Clinic offer walk-in services Monday through Friday for audiograms, hearing aid maintenance and repairs, and hearing aid adjustments.
Dr. Jeffrey Albrecht, gastroenterologist at Minneapolis VA Health Care System talks with a Veteran about his health care. (VA Photo by April Eilers)Vets have improved access to treatment for Hep C
VISN 23 facilities identify and treat Veterans with hepatitis C. Those requiring intervention decreased from 3,724 in March 2015 to 1,671 in February 2016. Treatment can rid Vets of the virus and improve quality of life
VITAl counselor Barb Shupe cuts the ribbon for the opening of the VITAL office at Kaplan University's Lincoln campus.Counselors VITAL to college transition for Veteran
VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System's VITAL counselors help Veterans bridge challenges between VA, colleges and universities, and home life to succeed in higher education.
Stock photo - Woman in suit talks to inmates.Veterans Justice Outreach
VA NWIHCS' Veterans Justice Outreach social workers reach out to justice-involved Veterans to help them with re-entry into society after incarceration. Social workers help them access health care and other benefits.
The National Golden Age Games kickoff Aug. 8.2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games
More than 800 Veterans are competing in the 29th National Veterans Golden Age Games in Omaha Aug. 8 - 12. This is the largest, national multi-event sporting competition for America's seniors.
Chapel stained-glass windowVA Dedicates New Chapel, Rec Hall at Grand Island
A stained-glass window from the old chapel at the Grand Island VA clinic was installed in the new chapel, which was opened in late 2014. The chapel is in part of the space that was a rec hall, which was also renovated.

From the Veterans Health Administration

VA researchers are looking for better treatments for Veterans with Gulf War Illness.Gulf War Veterans – Research Volunteers Needed
VA researchers are looking for better treatments for Veterans with Gulf War Illness, a group of symptoms found in about one third of Veterans deployed in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield.
Dr. Holst examines a Veteran patientMeet Dr. Holst - Another One of VA’s Top Doctors
Dr. Seth Holst believes Veterans are true heroes, and he is honored to help care for them. An ophthalmologist at VA Pittsburgh, he considers his time with VA rewarding professionally and personally.
U.S. Army Veteran Jim Altman receives lung cancer screening facilitated by CT Technologist, Miguel Santiago at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center.Lung Cancer Screening Saves Veterans Lives
Bay Pines VA has performed over 2,000 LDCT lung cancer screening exams and they're saving lives. If you ever smoked and are over 55, you should have a screening every year.
Dr. giving patient an injectionVeterans: Here's how to Avoid Getting the Flu
Want to avoid the flu? Dr. Jane Kim, VA's Chief Consultant for Preventive Medicine, shares some quick and easy ways to increase your chances of staying healthy during this nasty flu season.
Medical Technologist Dionne Hockett operates the new BioFire Blood Culture Identification system New Blood Culture ID System Improves Care for Vets
VA's Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has a new system that lets doctors find harmful microorganisms in blood samples in just a few hours vs. three days with the old method.
National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.

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