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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.
Holiday Gift ShopHoliday Gift Shop
The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Nebraska, brought holiday cheer to Veterans at the Omaha VA Medical Center and the Grand Island medical facility with its annual gift shop.

From the Veterans Health Administration

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.
Nurse Deb Lamberton provides relief during family members most stressful time. VA Nurse Helps Veterans Families, in Her Free Time
VA nurse Deb Lamberton knows how stressful it is for families during a Veteran's final days so she volunteers on her own time to provide them with stress relieving massages.
Two male veterans, seated, having a conversation.AF Veteran Helping Veterans Out of Addiction
Air Force Veteran Willie DeWayne Raulerson had been drinking for 50 years. But when he finally decided to ask VA for help he found not only sobriety, but a purpose in life.
Dave Miller assists homeless VeteransMarine Veteran is VA's Male Volunteer of the Year
Marine Corps Veteran David Miller has been volunteering at VA for over 25 years and has been named the 2017 National Male Volunteer of the Year. Miller served in Vietnam during the TET II offensive.
An elderly male Veteran in a wheelchair, entering a van.VA Helps Vietnam Veteran Get His Life Back
Dale Herb's life came to a grinding halt about a year ago when he lost the use of his legs and couldn't leave his home. Today, thanks to a little help from the VA, he's completely mobile again.

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