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2017

NEWS RELEASE: VA announces new partnership with Veterans Ambulatory Center Development Corporation - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is changing the way it does business, demonstrating how government can better meet the needs of Veterans while saving taxpayer dollars at the same time. Instead of moving forward with an out-of-date plan developed in 2011 to build a $560 million facility, VA will instead be partnering with the Veterans Ambulatory Center Development Corporation (VACDC), a nonprofit based in Omaha, Nebraska, to construct a much needed ambulatory care center (ACC) at the current Omaha VA Medical Center campus. (04/19/2017)

NEWS RELEASE: VA to Host Chapel Open House at Grand Island Jan. 11 - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System will hold a Chapel Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Grand Island VA Medical Center, 2201 N. Broadwell Ave. The open house at the at the chapel on the second floor of the VA is for veterans, their families, employees and the community to learn how the VA Chaplain Service provides spiritual-based services for veteran patients and their families. (01/09/2017)

NEWS RELEASE: Nebraska, W. Iowa VA to Host Veterans’ Town Hall Jan. 26 in Gibbon, Neb. - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System senior leadership will hold a Veterans’ Town Hall at 10 a.m. Jan. 26 at the American Legion, 1029 Court Street, Gibbon, Neb. The town hall is to gain open and honest feedback from veterans, their family members and other beneficiaries. (01/09/2017)

NEWS RELEASE: VA to Host Chapel Open House at Omaha Campus Jan. 11 - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System will hold a Chapel Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Omaha VA Medical Center, 4101 Woolworth Ave. The open house at the at the chapel near audiology at the VA is for veterans, their families, employees and the community to learn how the VA Chaplain Service provides spiritual-based services for veteran patients and their families. (01/09/2017)

NEWS RELEASE: Omaha VA Medical Center to Host Nursing Career Fair, Jan. 19 - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System is hosting a nursing career fair from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., Jan. 19, in the Education Conference Room at the Omaha VA Medical Center, 4101 Woolworth Ave. Many career nursing opportunities are available for registered and licensed practical nurses, and nurse practitioners in areas that include medical surgical, simulation instructor, inpatient mental health and primary care. From tuition assistance to nursing leadership programs, VA helps nurses develop the skills that will last a lifetime. VA offers nurses a competitive compensation and a great benefits package. (01/05/2017)

NEWS RELEASE: Grand Island VA to Host Rural Training Initiative Open House Jan. 13 - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System is hosting a Rural Health Training Initiative open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 13, in building 3 at the Grand Island VA Medical Center, 2201 N. Broadwell Ave. The Rural Health Training Initiative is intended to train and recruit health care providers to careers with the VA health care system, and to educate them about unique challenges and opportunities with rural health care delivery. Health care students and residents at area medical schools complete training rotations at the Grand Island VA in specialties that include pharmacy, dental and physician assistants (01/05/2017)

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2016

NEWS RELEASE: Frailty Screening Study at Omaha VAMC Shows Improved Post-Operative Results - An Omaha VAMC surgeon-led study demonstrated that frailty screening demonstrated improved post-operative surgical results. he study showed that after controlling for age, frailty and predicted mortality, multivariate models showed that the screening resulted in a three-fold survival benefit. (12/30/2016)

NEWS RELEASE: New law allows VA to establish innovative partnership for infrastructure needs - A new law signed by President Obama on Dec. 16 will allow VA to accept donations of real property, including medical facilities, to support VA's mission and operations of serving Veterans. (12/16/2016)

NEWS RELEASE: VA Medical Center to Highlight Medical Advancements - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs celebrates 91 years of research excellence during National VA Research Week today through Friday. This year’s theme is “VA Research – The Path of Progress.” VA investigators play key roles in developing devices and techniques that revolutionized health care – including the cardiac pacemaker, the CAT scan, Shingles vaccine, liver and kidney transplants, and much more. (05/16/2016)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs Health System to Participate in Access Stand Down #2 - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System employees will participate in the VA’s nationwide “Stand Down #2: Road to myAccess” Feb. 27. The event is a nationwide effort being undertaken by the Veterans Health Administration at VA medical centers across the nation to focus efforts to reduce the number of patients currently waiting the longest for care and to foster a culture of continuous improvement in the VA’s health care system. (02/26/2016)

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2015

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs Hospital to Hold Open House, Orientation July 30 - Veterans and their families are invited to an open house and orientation to the services available at the Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System medical center, 4101 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, Neb., from 5 to 6:30 p.m. July 30 in the Education Conference Room. (07/27/2015)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs, Seniors Foundation to Host Public Town Halls - Two town halls will be held June 16 to update veterans and the community about the progress of the enhanced-use lease for the Department of Veterans Affairs Lincoln medical campus at 600 S. 70th St. (06/11/2015)

NEWS RELEASE: Poker Run Fundraiser to Benefit National Veterans Golden Age Games - A poker run to raise funds for the 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games is scheduled June 20. (06/11/2015)

NEWS RELEASE: 5th Annual Veterans Freedom Music Festival, Welcome Home - The 5th Annual Veterans Freedom Music Festival will be held at the Department of Veterans Affairs clinic campus 600 S. 70th St, Lincoln, Neb., June 20. (06/08/2015)

NEWS RELEASE: VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System will host a Women Veterans Open House - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System will host an “Honoring the Service of Women Veterans Open House” June 9, 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Education Conference Room at the VA Medical Center, 4101 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, Neb. (06/04/2015)

NEWS RELEASE: Nebraska, W. Iowa VA to Host Veterans’ Town Hall June 5 - — VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System senior leadership will hold a Veterans’ Town Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. at North Platte, Neb., Senor Center, 901 E. 10th Street. (05/28/2015)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Invited to Participate in Warrior Paper Project - Veterans with old military uniforms are invited to participate in the Warrior Paper project between 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2 – 4 in the front courtyard of the Veterans Affairs medical facility, 2201 N. Broadwell Ave, Grand Island, Neb. (05/28/2015)

NEWS RELEASE: Nebraska, W. Iowa VA to Host Veterans’ Town Hall June 4 - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System senior leadership will hold a Veterans’ Town Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Holdrege, Neb., City Auditorium, 421 Grant Street. (05/28/2015)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs Medical Center to Honor Fallen Heroes - The Seventh Annual Memorial Day Commemoration will be held at 4 p.m. May 22 at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System medical center main flag pole at 4101 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, Neb. (05/20/2015)

NEWS RELEASE: National Veterans Golden Age Games Seeks Volunteers - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking more than 2,000 volunteers to support the 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games (NVGAG), being held in Omaha, Neb., Aug. 8 – 12. Volunteers donating their time and talents are essential to the success of this event. (05/15/2015)

NEWS RELEASE: Poker Run Fundraiser to Benefit National Veterans Golden Age Games - A poker run to raise funds for the 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games is scheduled May 30. During the poker run, participants will visit checkpoints, drawing a card at each one. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run. (05/05/2015)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs to Host ‘Crusin’ Lincoln’ Show & Shine Outreach Event - It’s not your usual Veterans Affairs outreach event. Veterans are invited to bring their classic cars and motorcycles to the 3rd Annual “Crusin Lincoln” Show & Shine event May 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lincoln VA Clinic, 600 S. 70th St. (05/05/2015)

NEWS RELEASE: O’Neill Veterans Affairs Clinic to Hold Open House April 24 - Veterans are invited to an open house from 9 a.m. to noon April 24 at the Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic at 555 East John Street, O’Neill, Neb. (04/17/2015)

NEWS RELEASE: New Director Assumes Helm of VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System - Don Burman started his tenure as the director of the Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (VA NWIHCS) March 24. (03/25/2015)

Applications for 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games in Omaha Now Being Accepted - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (VA NWIHCS) will host the 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games in Omaha, Neb., Aug. 8 - 12. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is currently accepting applications from Veterans interested in competing in the 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games (NVGAG). Applications can be completed online at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov, and will be accepted through May 15. Veterans ages 55 and older who are enrolled for VA health care are eligible to participate. (03/18/2015)

NEWS RELEASE: Nebraska, W. Iowa VA to Host Veterans’ Town Hall Feb. 25 - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System senior leadership will hold a Veterans’ Town Hall at 10 a.m. Feb. 25 at the United Veterans Club, 1914 W. Capital Ave, Grand Island, Neb. The original town hall was postponed in December because of inclement weather. (02/19/2015)

NEWS RELEASE: VA Announces Appointment of New Director for VA Nebraska-W. Iowa Health Care System - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces the appointment of B. Don Burman as the new director of the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (VA NWIHCS). (02/13/2015)

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2014

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs Regional Office to Open Field Offices at Three Medical Sites Jan. 5 - Veterans who need help with non-health care U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits will have easier access to VA Regional Office counselors beginning Jan. 5. The VA Regional Office in Lincoln, Neb., will open field offices at VA’s Grand Island, Lincoln and Omaha health care facilities. (12/31/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: Nebraska, W. Iowa VA to Host Veterans’ Town Hall Dec. 18 - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System senior leadership will hold a Veterans’ Town Hall at 9 a.m. Dec. 18 at the United Veterans Club, 1914 W. Capital Ave, Grand Island, Neb. (12/04/2014)

Spaghetti Feed to Support National Veterans Golden Age Games - Support veterans and enjoy a spaghetti dinner for $5 per person from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Great Plains Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7612 Maple St., Omaha. The proceeds from the event will support more than 800 veterans who will converge on Omaha Aug. 8 – 12, 2015, to participate in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 29th National Veterans Golden Age Games. (12/03/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: Grand Island Veterans Affairs to Dedicate New Chapel - The community is invited to attend a dedication and open house for a new chapel and renovated recreation hall at 1 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Grand Island Veterans Affairs medical facility, 2201 N. Broadwell Ave. A dedication event will occur at 1 p.m. followed by an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. (11/14/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: Stand Down to Give Homeless Veterans VA Assistance - Homeless Veterans can come in from the cold to get assistance and a hot meal at a “Stand Down” at the Grace University Field House, 820 Pine Street, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. (11/04/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: National Veterans Affairs Recognizes Two Nebraska Employees - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs named two central Nebraska Veterans Health Administration employees to the Feds Feed Families “Hall of Fame.” (11/04/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs to Hold Information Forum Nov. 10 in Lincoln - A public information forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the auditorium at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System medical clinic, 600 S. 70th St, Lincoln, Neb. (11/04/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: Nebraska VA to Host 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games - Hundreds of Veterans will converge here for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Veterans Golden Age Games (NVGAG), Aug. 8–12, 2015. The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (VA NWIHCS) is hosting the event at venues across Omaha. The theme for the 2015 games is “Patriots on the Plains.” (10/16/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs Walk-In Flu Shot Clinics Open - The Veterans Health Administration seasonal flu vaccination campaign kicks off Oct. 14. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Infection: Don’t Pass It On.” Veterans are encouraged to receive their free flu vaccination at their nearest VA health care facility. (10/13/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: VA Coordinated National Disaster Medical System Exercise - Omaha’s VA Medical Center Hospital Incident Command team coordinated a National Disaster Medical System exercise Sept. 4. (09/05/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: VA to Hold Stand Down for Veterans - Homeless Veterans can come in from the cold to get assistance and a hot meal at a “Stand Down” Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pinnacle Bank Arena, Haymarket, 400 Pinnacle Arena Drive. The event is being held in conjunction with a community-wide Project Homeless Connect. (09/02/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs to Hold Open House in S. Sioux City, Neb. - A Veterans of the Armed Forces Open House to provide veterans information and assistance with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and services takes place Sept. 5 and 6 at American Legion/VFW Post 307, 109 E. 19th St, S. Sioux City, Neb. (09/02/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs to Hold Grand Opening, Open House at Bellevue Clinic - The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System will hold a grand opening and open house at its Bellevue, Neb., Community-Based Outpatient Clinic at 2206 Longo Dr., Aug. 28. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting event will occur at 10 a.m. (08/19/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: Nebraska, W. Iowa VA to Host Veterans’ Town Hall Aug. 26 - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System senior leadership will hold a Veterans’ Town Hall at 9 a.m. Aug. 26 in the auditorium at its clinic at 600 S. 70th St., Lincoln, Neb. The town hall is designed to gain open and honest feedback from veterans, their family members and other beneficiaries. (08/18/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs to Host Veterans Appreciation Evening Aug. 18 w/Omaha Storm Chasers - The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System will host a Veterans Appreciation Event Aug. 18 at Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, Neb., in partnership with the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball game. (08/13/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: VA Funds Nebraska, W. Iowa Agencies in Battle to End Homelessness - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced the award of $2,793,902 in homeless prevention grants to several Nebraska and western Iowa counties. The grants will serve homeless and at-risk veteran families as part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. (08/13/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs Director Announces Plan to Leave Nebraska-W. Iowa - Marci Mylan, PhD, Director of the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, announced today that she will leave her position to return to clinical and academic work as a psychologist at the Minneapolis VA medical center. (08/06/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs Clinic will Move to New Bellevue, Neb., Location - The Community-Based Outpatient Clinic operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will open in a new Bellevue, Neb., location July 21. (07/03/2014)

NEWS: Events to Highlight Veterans Affairs Research Milestones - VA Research Week, May 19 – 23, is designed to call attention to the achievements of VA researchers and the role they play in providing high-quality care for Veterans and advancing medical science. It is an opportunity to educate Veterans, elected representatives, and others about research and its impact on treating and preventing disease and disability. (05/20/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs Medical Center to Honor Fallen Heroes - The Sixth Annual Memorial Day Commemoration will be held at 4 p.m. May 23 at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System medical center main flag pole at 4101 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, Neb. (05/20/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: VA to Host Women Veterans Traveling Display - A “Women Veterans Making History” traveling exhibit will be open to the public at VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System facilities beginning May 5. (05/02/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: VA to Host 2nd Annual Crusin’ Lincoln Show & Shine - The 2nd Annual Cruisn’ Lincoln, Neb., Show & Shine classic cars and cycles event is May 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the VA clinic, 600 S. 70th St. (05/02/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: VA, Veterans Panel to Discuss 'Life and Limb' military medicine - A panel of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care experts will discuss changes in medicine related to war injuries for a program called “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War,” May 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Love Library, 13th and R Streets, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Neb. (05/02/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: VA to Hold Outreach Open House in Beatrice, Neb. - A Veterans of the Armed Forces Open House to provide rural-area Veterans information and assistance with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and services takes place March 28 and 29 at the American Legion Post 27, 701 Dorsey Street, Beatrice, Neb. (03/18/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: Mark Twain to appear at Grand Island VA - Wally Seiler of Alliance, Neb., will present "Mark Twain on the Lecture Circuit" March 21 at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, 2201 N. Broadwell Ave., Grand Island. (03/17/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: VA Seeks Veterans for post-Cancer Treatment Research Study - Veterans who completed cancer treatment may be eligible for a research study designed to help people regain their physical, emotional and spiritual health. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System seeks veterans who completed surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation for a diagnosis of cancer for the study. (03/17/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs to Hold Book Sale to Benefit Veteran Programs - The Voluntary Services Office at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System will hold a book sale March 12 through March 14 in Room 011 at the clinic at 600 S. 70th St, Lincoln, Neb. (03/07/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: VA Mental Health Chief Receives American Psychiatric Association Award - The chief of Mental Health and Behavioral Services at VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System was named recipient of the 2014 Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Psychiatry Residents. (03/03/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: Free Tax Assistance for Veterans at Grand Island Veterans Affairs - Certified tax preparers will provide Veterans free assistance with simple 2013 income tax return preparation March 7 at the Department of Veterans Affairs health care clinic, 2201 N. Broadwell Ave, Grand Island, Neb. (02/26/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs to hold information forum for patients - Veterans who receive health care services at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic in Lincoln, Neb., are invited to attend an information forum at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Auditorium at 600 S. 70th St. (02/04/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: VA Offers Help with Personal Online Veterans’ Health Record - Veterans who want to sign up for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs secure, online personal record are encouraged to visit the My HealtheVet coordinator at two help sessions. (02/04/2014)

NEWS RELEASE: Free Tax Assistance for Veterans at Lincoln Veterans Affairs - Certified tax preparers will provide Veterans free assistance with simple 2013 income tax return preparation at the Department of Veterans Affairs health care clinic, 600 S. 70th St, Lincoln, Neb. (02/03/2014)

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2013

NEWS RELEASE: VA to Host Women Veterans Holiday Open House - The Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System hosts a holiday open house for women Veterans at its Lincoln clinic auditorium Dec. 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 600 S. 70th St., Lincoln, Neb. (12/02/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: VA to Host 3rd Annual Symposium on Veteran Homelessness - The Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System hosts its 3rd Annual Symposium on Veteran Homelessness at its Lincoln clinic auditorium Dec. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 600 S. 70th St., Lincoln, Neb. (12/02/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Nebraska VA Awarded Accreditation by Joint Commission - The Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in behavioral health care. The accreditation award recognizes VA NWIHCS’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. (11/20/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs to host Veterans Appreciation Event - A Veterans Day appreciation luncheon and Heroes Among Us reception will be held Nov. 12 at the Department of Veterans Affairs clinic Auditorium, 600 S. 70th St, Lincoln, Neb. (11/06/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Omaha VA, UNMC researchers to examine if vitamin D prevents diabetes - The Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System and the University of Nebraska Medical Center are looking for volunteers to take part in the first definitive, large-scale clinical trial to investigate if a vitamin D supplement helps prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in adults who have prediabetes, who are at high risk for type 2. (10/21/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs to host Community Book Club, Oct. 23 - A community book club is being hosted at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, 600 S. 70th St, Lincoln, Neb., in Room 107. (10/21/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Stand Down to give Homeless Veterans VA help, info - Homeless Veterans can come in from the cold to get assistance and a hot meal at a “Stand Down” Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church, 2609 S. Blaine Street, Grand Island, Neb. (10/21/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: VA to Hold Stand Down for Veterans in Lincoln - Homeless Veterans can come in from the cold to get assistance and a hot meal at a “Stand Down” Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pershing Auditorium, 226 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, Neb. (10/07/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: VA Seeks Volunteers for Omaha Stand Down - The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking 150 volunteers to help Veterans who attend the Stand Down outreach event in Omaha Nov. 2. (10/03/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: VA Offers Eligible Veterans Seasonal Flu Vaccine - The Veterans Health Administration seasonal flu vaccination campaign kicks off Monday. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Infection: Don’t Pass It On.” Veterans are encouraged to receive their free flu vaccination at their nearest VA health care facility. (10/03/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs to Host Women Veterans Forum - Women Veterans who are enrolled for health care services with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), or would like to learn more about their benefits, are invited to a Women Veterans Forum. The forum will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Auditorium at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (NWIHCS), Lincoln, Neb., Clinic, 600 S. 70th St. (09/05/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: VA to Collaborate with Community for Mental Health Summit - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System is hosting a Mental Health Summit Sept. 6 to collaborate with community partners from around the area in a special dialogue about the mental health needs of local Veterans. (08/29/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: VA to Host Grand Opening of Downtown Resource, Referral Center - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and America First Real Estate Group celebrate the grand opening of services and affordable housing for Veterans with a dedication and ribbon-cutting event at 1:30 p.m., Sept. 5 at 825 Dorcas Street, Omaha, Neb (08/28/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: VA Resource, Referral Center Moves to South Omaha - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is moving its services for Veterans who are homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless to a new location at 825 Dorcas Street, Ste. 200, Omaha, Neb., Sept. 3. (08/28/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: VA Grants Going to Nebraska Agencies to Help End Veterans Homelessness - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced the award of $525,538 in homeless prevention grants that will support families in 46 Nebraska counties. The grants will serve approximately 118 homeless and at-risk Veteran families as part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. (07/15/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Rheumatoid Arthritis Study Shows Cheaper Drugs as Effective as Expensive Drugs - In a large U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs cooperative blinded study that compared the effectiveness of drug therapies for rheumatoid arthritis, researchers found that the use of less-expensive combination disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) produced the same clinical benefits as much more-expensive biological treatment. (06/11/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: VA to Hold Information Open House in Oxford, Neb. - A Veterans of the Armed Forces Open House to provide Veterans information and assistance with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and services takes place June 21 and 22 at the Hilltop Event Center, 600 Central St, Oxford, Neb. (05/28/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs medical center to honor fallen heroes - The Fifth Annual Memorial Day Commemoration will be held at 4 p.m. May 24 at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System medical center main flag pole at 4101 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, Neb. (05/20/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: VA to Hold Outreach Open House in McCook, Neb. - A Veterans of the Armed Forces Open House to provide rural-area Veterans information and assistance with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and services takes place May 17 and 18 at the McCook Community College, 1205 E. 3rd Street, McCook, Neb. The open house is being held in conjunction with the public display of the traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall, which will be at the college’s Weiland football field May 16 through May 19. (05/10/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans’ Event Features VA Info, Free Music, Family Fun - Information about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs services and benefits. Music by nine Lincoln-area bands and the patriotic sounds of the Nebraska Army National Guard’s 43rd Army Band. This and more is in store June 15 at the historical VA clinic campus at 600 S. 70th Street, Lincoln, Neb., from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event is the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System’s Veterans Freedom Music Festival and 43rd Army Band concert. (05/06/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: VA to Highlight Medical Advancements during National VA Research Week - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will celebrate National VA Research Week May 13 to 17. As part of the nationwide observance, the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System will conduct a public Research Day event from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 14 in the medical library on the third floor of the medical center at 4101 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, Neb. The program will include a public display of posters and information about current research programs at the VA medical center. Research investigators will be present to describe the research and answer questions. (05/02/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: VA encourages Veterans to take a drive, learn about benefits - Veterans from all eras are invited to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic in Lincoln, Neb., from 5 to 8 p.m. May 15 to show off their cars, network with other Veterans and learn more about VA services. (05/02/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: VA to Hold Welcome Home to Salute Veterans, Military - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with the Nebraska Danger Football organization to host a Welcome Home and Military Appreciation Night May 24 at the Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Road, Grand Island, Neb. (04/25/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs to Hold Information Open House - A Veterans of the Armed Forces Open House to provide rural-area Veterans information and assistance with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and services takes place May 10 and 11 at the Platte County Agricultural Park, 822 15th Street, Columbus, Neb (04/25/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Local Veterans Affairs Employee Earns National Recognition - A Doniphan, Neb., native was recently named the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police 2013 Administrative Support Staff employee of the year for large facilities. David D. Anderson is a VA police administrative security assistant for the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, Grand Island. (04/23/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs to Host Benefits Information Fair - Veterans and their families are invited to an information fair to learn about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, Grand Island Division, in Building 6, 2201 N. Broadwell Ave. (04/15/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs to Host Women Veterans Forum - Women Veterans who are enrolled for health care services with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), or would like to learn more about their benefits, are invited to a Women Veterans Forum. The forum will be from 5 to 7 p.m. April 16 at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (NWIHCS) clinic in Holdrege, Neb., at 1118 Burlington St. (04/01/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs to Hold Open House in S. Sioux City, Neb. - A Veterans of the Armed Forces Open House to provide veterans information and assistance with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and services takes place April 5 and 6 at American Legion/VFW Post 307, 109 E. 19th St, S. Sioux City, Neb. (03/29/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs to host women Veterans' Forum - Women Veterans are invited to meet other Veterans, the Women's Program manager and executive leadership during a forum from 5 to 7 p.m. March 19 in the Education Conference Room in Omaha. (03/08/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Invited to Learn What the NEW VA Health Care System Offers Today - Veterans are invited to an informational forum to learn why today's VA health care system is not what you thought it was (it's so much more). The forum is 1pm, March 18 at the Grand Island United Veteran's Club. (02/28/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs Appoints New Associate Director for Ops - Denise M. Harrison was appointed as Associate Director for Operations for the Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System February 10, 2013. (02/19/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: VA to Hold Open House in Neola, Iowa - A Veterans of the Armed Forces Open House to provide veterans information and assistance with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and services takes place March 22 and 23 at the Neola, Iowa, Area Community Center, 110 N. 4th Street. (02/15/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs Partners with Community Agencies for Veteran Tax Assistance - Internal Revenue Service-certified volunteers offer Veterans and Department of Veterans Affairs employees free tax assistance for 2012 federal and Nebraska tax returns at the VA health care facilities in Lincoln and Grand Island, Neb. (02/05/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Lincoln VA Staff Recognized for Largest Dollar Increase in CFC Donations - Employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs health care clinic in Lincoln, Neb., were honored at a ceremony Jan. 30 for increasing their overall contributions by $10,602.79 – the largest dollar increase in the Lincoln and Lancaster County 2012 Combined Federal Campaign. (01/31/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs Invites Community to Join National Salute - Valentine’s Day is a great time to say thanks to America’s Veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs invites the community to say thank you during the National Salute to Veteran Patients week, Feb. 11 through 16. (01/30/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs to Hold Information Forum for Patients - Veterans who receive health care services at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic in Lincoln, Neb., are invited to attend an information forum at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Auditorium at 600 S. 70th St. (01/29/2013)

NEWS RELEASE: VA Invites Veterans to Make a Health Care PACT - The Department of Veterans Affairs is making a PACT with Veterans for better health care delivery. Veterans and their families are invited to learn how the VA is putting patients at the center of the health care team at a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) Open House from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Education Conference Room at the Omaha VA Medical Center, 4101 Woolworth Ave. (01/28/2013)

VA Opens Pantry for Nebraska Veterans in Need - Many Veterans in need don’t want a hand out, just some assistance. Now, Veterans who live in Nebraska and are in need can get help at a pantry at the Department of Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, 600 S. 70th St, Lincoln, Neb. (01/24/2013)

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2012

VA to Hold Homeless Veterans Stakeholder Meeting - The Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting a Homeless Veteran Stakeholder Meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Riverview Lodge, Mahoney State Park, near Ashland, Neb. (12/07/2012)

Nebraska American Legion Auxiliary provides free gifts for residents at Grand Island VA - Veterans who are residents at the Department of Veterans Affairs Community Living Center in Grand Island, Neb., don’t need to worry about having time to buy a holiday gift for a family member. The Nebraska American Legion Auxiliary is bringing a gift shop to them. (11/28/2012)

Nebraska VA Chief of Staff Appointed Asst. Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Clinical Ops - Dr. Thomas G. Lynch ,the current chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, was selected to become the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Health and Clinical Operations for the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, (11/28/2012)

Nebraska American Legion Auxiliary provides free gifts for patients at Omaha VA Medical Center - Veterans who are inpatients at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Omaha don’t need to worry about having time to buy a holiday gift for a family member. Veterans have a shop at the medical center where they can select a free gift and have it wrapped. (11/28/2012)

Veterans Affairs to hold information forum for patients - Veterans who receive health care services at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic in Lincoln, Neb., are invited to attend an information forum at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Auditorium at 600 S. 70th St. (11/05/2012)

Nebraska VA Health System Associate Director Retires - The associate director for operations at the Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System retired Nov. 2 after nearly 32 years of service. Nancy Gregory has been the associate director since October 2003. (11/02/2012)

Stand Down to give Homeless Veterans VA help, info - Homeless Veterans can come in from the cold to get assistance and a hot meal at a “Stand Down” Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church, 2609 S. Blaine Street, Grand Island, Neb. The event is being held in conjunction with a community-wide Project Homeless Connect. (10/22/2012)

VA Seeks Volunteers for Omaha Stand Down - The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking 150 volunteers to help Veterans who attend the Stand Down outreach event in Omaha Nov. 17. (10/22/2012)

Veterans Affairs Offers New Volunteer Orientation Program - There is a critical need for volunteers at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Omaha, Neb. The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System offers a new adult volunteer orientation class Oct. 5 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Education Conference Room on the first floor of the Omaha VA Medical Center, 4101 Woolworth Ave. (10/02/2012)

VA Offers Eligible Veterans Seasonal Flu Vaccine - The Veterans Health Administration seasonal flu vaccination campaign kicks off Oct. 9. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Infection: Don’t Pass It On.” Veterans are encouraged to receive their free flu vaccination at their nearest VA health care facility. (10/02/2012)

‘Lucky’ Heart Attack, Collaboration Saves Veteran’s Life - ‘Lucky’ Heart Attack, Collaboration Saves Veteran’s Life. VA, The Nebraska Medical Center partner to perform Nebraska’s first percutaneous RVAD placement (09/25/2012)

Omaha VA Police Administrator Wins National-Level Award - Ted Wzorek won the award in the administrative support staff category for large unit size for the 2012 VA Police Annual Awards. (09/25/2012)

VA Secretary Shinseki Announces Local Grants for Homeless Veterans - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced Sept. 19 the award of almost $1.2 million in grant money to CenterPointe, Inc., of Lincoln, Neb., and almost $1.1 million to the Salvation Army in Omaha. (09/20/2012)

VA New Volunteer Orientation Class Offered Sept. 17 at Grand Island - The Department of Veterans Affairs health care facility in Grand Island, Neb., offers a New Volunteer Orientation Course at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17 in Building 6 at 2201 N. Broadwell Ave. (09/13/2012)

Nebraska VA Rec Therapists Craft Solutions for Better Living - Many people take for granted the joys of enjoying recreation activities in their daily lives. Two recreation therapists at the Department of Veterans Affairs are helping residents at its Community Living Center in Grand Island, Neb., enjoy activities in the community. (08/24/2012)

Veterans Affairs Employee Earns Biomedical Award - The biomedical engineering service chief for the Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System was awarded the Advancing Safety in Medical Technology Clinical/Biomedical Engineering Achievement Award recently. (08/24/2012)

Veterans Affairs to host Greek book club - Stories about love and war in Greek times will be the topics of a book club that begins Aug. 22 at the Lincoln VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic. (08/17/2012)

Two Grand Island VA Pharmacists Earn National Awards - Two Grand Island VA Pharmacists Earned National Awards (07/14/2012)

Omaha VA to Hold ‘Stairway to Health’ Ribbon Cutting - Veterans and employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Omaha, Neb., now have a scenic view to encourage them to use the stairs. A ribbon-cutting is being held at 12:15 p.m. July 17 to dedicate the Stairway to Health at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System medical center, 4101 Woolworth Ave, Omaha. Veterans and the community are invited to attend the event. (07/13/2012)

VA Providers Develop Program to Improve Health Care Access for Central Nebraska Veterans - Two providers from the Department of Veterans Affairs health care facility in Grand Island, Neb., completed a national geriatrics scholars program and project that directly improved the access to health care for 81 area Veterans. (07/12/2012)

VA Clinic in O’Neill Moving to New Location July 30 - Veterans who receive their Department of Veterans Affairs health care at the O’Neill, Neb., outreach clinic at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital will have a new clinic location beginning July 30. Veterans who are not currently enrolled in VA health care can stop by an outreach event to apply for benefits July 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holt County Annex, 128 N. 6th St., O’Neill. (07/11/2012)

Local Veterans Competed in National Veterans Wheelchair Games - Three wheelchair athletes from Nebraska and western Iowa competed in the 32nd National Veterans Wheelchair Games held in Richmond, Va. June 25 – 30. (07/06/2012)

Grand Island VA to Hold ‘Stairway to Health’ Ribbon Cutting - Veterans and employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs health care facility in Grand Island, Neb., now have a scenic view to encourage them to use the stairs. A ribbon-cutting is being held at 10 a.m. July 3 to dedicate the Stairway to Health at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System Grand Island facility, 2201 N. Broadwell Ave. Veterans and the community are invited to attend the event. (06/28/2012)

Nebraska Veterans Affairs Health System Tailors Plan to Expand Mental Health Staff - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki recently announced the department would add approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce. VA estimates that 14.5 clinicians and two support personnel will be hired to support mental health operations at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (06/13/2012)

Grand Island VA Nurse Earns Doctoral Degree - A nurse at the Department of Veterans Affairs Community Living Center in Grand Island, Neb., was awarded a doctor of nursing practice degree May 11. LaVonne Johnson, DNP, APRN FNP-C, was awarded the degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. (05/23/2012)

Veterans’ Event Features VA Info, Free Music, Family Fun - Information about Department of Veterans Affairs services and benefits. Music by nine Lincoln-area bands. A fun-filled day that culminates with the patriotic sounds from the Nebraska Army National Guard’s 43rd Army Band. The event is the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System’s Welcome Home event combined with the Veterans Freedom Music Festival and 43rd Army Band concert (05/22/2012)

VA to Hold Memorial Day Commemoration - The Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System is hosting its 4th Annual Memorial Day Commemoration at 4 p.m., May 25, at its medical center at 4101 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, Neb. (05/17/2012)

VA Employees to Join in 2K Walk+Roll; Benefits Homeless Veterans, Promotes Health, Wellness - The Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System is hosting a 2K “Walk and Roll” event at its Omaha, Lincoln, and Grand Island, Neb., facilities May 16 to coincide with National Employee Health and Fitness Day. The event will also encourage employee support of homeless Veterans. (05/14/2012)

VA Post-Graduate Pharmacy Resident Program receives Six-Year Accreditation - The Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System Grand Island Division was recently accredited for a six-year period for its postgraduate, year-one pharmacy residency program by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. (05/14/2012)

Veterans Affairs Offers New Volunteer Orientation Program - There is a critical need for volunteers at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Omaha, Neb. The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System offers a new adult volunteer orientation class May 18 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Education Conference Room on the first floor of the Omaha VA Medical Center, 4101 Woolworth Ave. (05/10/2012)

Veterans Affairs offers walk-in Shingles Vaccine clinic - The Department of Veterans Affairs will hold a walk-in clinic for Veterans to receive a vaccine to protect them from shingles from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14 to May 18 in the main lobby area of the medical center at 4101 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, Neb. (05/10/2012)

Veterans Affairs to hold information forum for patients in Lincoln - Veterans who receive health care services at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic in Lincoln, Neb., are invited to attend an information forum at 6 p.m. May 16 in the Prairie Room at 600 S. 70th St. (05/08/2012)

VA/Community Launch Veterans’ Pretrial Diversion Program - A new Veterans’ Pretrial Diversion program was launched today in Lancaster County, Neb. The Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (VA NWIHCS) is collaborating with the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office and the Lincoln Community Foundation. (05/07/2012)

VA to hold Veterans’ Ecumenical Memorial Service - An ecumenical memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. May 6 in the chapel of the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center at 4101 Woolworth Ave (05/01/2012)

VA to Hold Outreach Open House in Columbus, Neb. - A Veterans of the Armed Forces Open House to provide rural-area veterans information and assistance with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and services takes place May 8 and 9 at the Platte County Agricultural Park, 822 15th Street, Columbus, Neb. (04/25/2012)

VA Opens Pantry for Nebraska Veterans in Need - Veterans who live in Nebraska and are in need can get help at a new Department of Veterans Affairs Pantry at Veterans Resource and Referral Center at 4101 Woolworth Ave, Building D. The pantry is open on the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 10 a.m. to noon. (04/16/2012)

VA Voluntary Service Celebrates National Volunteer Week - The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System joins the nation to celebrate their dedication during National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21. (04/16/2012)

2012 VA Research Week Highlights Caring for Veterans through Discovery, Collaboration - The Department of Veterans Affairs Research Service is a national asset that benefits Veteran patients and the nation by moving medical science forward. The Omaha VA Medical Center highlights the significant role that its investigators contribute to developing devices and techniques that revolutionize health care during 2012 VA Research Week, April 23 to 27. (04/06/2012)

VA to hold outreach event at S. Sioux City American Legion - An outreach initiative to provide rural-area Veterans information and counseling about Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services takes place April 27 and 28 at American Legion Post 307, 109 E. 19th St, South Sioux City, Neb. (04/06/2012)

VA to Hold Outreach Open House in York, Neb. - A Veterans of the Armed Forces Open House to provide rural-area veterans information and assistance with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and services takes place March 16 and 17 at the York County Fairgrounds Cornerstone Ag and Events Center, 2400 N. Nebraska Ave, York, Neb. (02/17/2012)

VA to Hold Outreach Open House in Avoca, Iowa - A Veterans of the Armed Forces Open House to provide rural-area veterans information and assistance with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and services takes place March 23 and 24 at the American Legion Hall, 112 N. M Street, Avoca, Iowa. (02/17/2012)

VA invites community to thank, visit Veterans during National Salute week - Citizens young and old are encouraged and invited to join the Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System to honor veterans during National Salute to Veteran Patients week, Feb. 13 to 19. (02/10/2012)

Veterans Affairs to hold information forum for patients - Veterans who receive health care services at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic in Lincoln, Neb., are invited to attend an information forum at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Prairie Room at 600 S. 70th St. (01/18/2012)

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2011

American Legion Auxiliary provides free gifts for patients at Grand Island VA medical facility - Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facility in Grand Island, Neb., don’t need to worry about having time to buy a holiday gift for a family member. They have a gift shop at the medical facility where they can select a free gift and have it wrapped. The American Legion Auxiliary will open its holiday gift shop for Veterans Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the second floor recreation room. (12/08/2011)

VA Caregivers to receive 'Blessing of the Hands' - Providers who care for America’s Veterans are compassionate, dedicated and attentive. Their soothing work often goes unnoticed. A Blessing of the Hands ceremony will take place to honor the attentive, meticulous and hard-working hands of caregivers at the Department of Veterans Affairs Grand Island, Neb., medical facility at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 and 9 p.m., Dec. 13, in the second floor chapel. (12/08/2011)

American Legion Auxiliary provides free gifts for Veterans at Omaha VA Medical Center - Veterans who are inpatients at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Omaha don’t need to worry about having time to buy a holiday gift for a family member. They have a gift shop at the medical center where they can select a free gift and have it wrapped. (12/06/2011)

New tool enhances Veterans’ access to their VA health care - Veterans who receive primary care services at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System have a new way to communicate with their health care team that’s as fast as e-mail, but completely safe and secure. (12/02/2011)

VA Announces New Director for Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System - Dr. Marci Mylan has been named the new director for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (NWIHCS). (12/02/2011)

VA to hold Stand Down for homeless Veterans at Grand Island - Homeless Veterans can come in from the cold to get assistance and a hot meal at a “Stand Down” Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Building 8 at the Department of Veterans Affairs health care facility, 2101 N. Broadwell Ave, Grand Island, Neb. (11/29/2011)

Veterans Affairs to hold info forum for Lincoln patients - Veterans who receive health care services at the Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Lincoln, Neb., are invited to attend an information forum at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Prairie Room at 600 S. 70th St. (11/14/2011)

VA unveils updated designs for new Omaha medical center - Department of Veteran Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System officials unveiled an updated design for a replacement medical center in Omaha at 4101 Woolworth Avenue during an open house Nov. 10. (11/10/2011)

Stand Down to give Homeless Veterans help with VA, Community Services - Homeless Veterans can come in from the cold to get assistance and a hot meal at a “Stand Down” at the Omaha Civic Center, Exhibit Hall, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. (11/04/2011)

Memorial Service to honor Veterans who died in past 12 months - The Department of Veterans Affairs will hold an Ecumenical Memorial Service to honor all Veterans who died in the past 12 months at 2 p.m. Nov. 6 in the chapel of the medical center at 4101 Woolworth Ave. (11/03/2011)

VA to hold town hall meeting to discuss development plans for Lincoln clinic enhanced-use lease - The Department of Veterans Affairs will hold a public town hall meeting to unveil plans for an enhanced-use lease project at its medical clinic in Lincoln, Neb., at 5 p.m., Nov. 8, at 600 S. 70th Street, in the auditorium. (11/02/2011)

VA to hold ribbon cutting for remodeled Grand Island clinic lobby - The Department of Veterans Affairs will host a ribbon cutting and dedication event for the newly remodeled lobby and entranceway at the Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System Grand Island facility Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m. (10/20/2011)

VA to dedicate bench at Holdrege clinic donated by local family - The Department of Veterans Affairs will host a dedication event for a bench donated to the Holdrege, Neb., community-based outpatient clinic in memory of a local Veteran Oct. 25 at 2:30 p.m. at 1118 Burlington Street. The family of the late Raymond Mooney donated the bench to honor the long-time Holdrege resident, and to pay tribute to all area Veterans (10/20/2011)

VA Nurse Named DAISY Award Recipient for Extraordinary Care - It takes an extraordinary nurse to care for America’s Veterans. Sue Needham, intensive care unit nurse manager at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Omaha, Neb., earned a special recognition as the DAISY Award recipient Sept. 29. (10/03/2011)

VA Offers Eligible Veterans Seasonal Flu Vaccine - The Veterans Health Administration seasonal flu vaccination campaign kicks off Oct. 3. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Infection: Don’t Pass It On.” Veterans are encouraged to receive their free flu vaccination at their nearest VA health care facility (09/29/2011)

VA to Hold Health Fair for Veterans at Lincoln clinic - Veterans are invited to attend a health fair Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Department of Veterans Affairs health care facility in Lincoln, Neb. (09/15/2011)

VA to Hold Health Fair for Veterans at Grand Island VA - Veterans are invited to attend a health fair Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Department of Veterans Affairs health care facility in Grand Island, Neb. (09/15/2011)

VA to Hold Health Fair for Veterans at Omaha VA - Veterans are invited to attend a health fair Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Omaha, Neb. (09/15/2011)

VA to Hold Stand Down for Homeless Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs is holding a Stand Down for homeless Veterans Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pershing Auditorium, 226 Centennial Mall South in Lincoln, Neb. (09/15/2011)

HUD, VA Grants Going to Douglas County Public Housing Agency - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced the award of $149,868 to the public housing agency in Douglas County to supply permanent housing and case management for Nebraska’s 145,200 veterans. (07/21/2011)

VA to hold outreach event at McCook Readiness Center - An outreach initiative to provide rural-area veterans information and counseling about Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services takes place Aug. 5 and 6 at the Armed Forces Readiness Center, 404 W. 7th Ave, McCook, Neb. (07/20/2011)

VA selects developer for Lincoln mixed-use project - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has selected Seniors Foundation to develop a mixed-use development at the Lincoln, Neb., VA health care campus at 600 S. 70th Street. (07/19/2011)

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE U.S. DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in accordance with 38 U.S.C. Section 8161, et seq., hereby provides notice of a public hearing to present VA’s proposal and receive views for an Enhanced-Use Lease (EUL) opportunity of certain property at the Grand Island Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), in Grand Island, Nebraska. (07/15/2011)

Veterans Affairs premiers new local health care magazine - The Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System published the first edition of a new magazine July 1. (06/30/2011)

Local Veterans who own small businesses encouraged to attend VA’s National Small Business Conference - Veterans who own small businesses and those who are military service disabled and own businesses are encouraged to learn about building and expanding a small business idea into a lifetime dream by attending the Department of Veterans Affairs National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Aug. 15 to 19. (06/28/2011)

Local Veterans Affairs employees attend Homeland Security health care decision program - Eleven health care professionals from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System were the first in the Veterans Healthcare Administration to attend an integrated training program at the Center for Domestic Preparedness, in Anniston, Ala, June 12 to 17. (06/21/2011)

VA to hold outreach event at Holt County Courthouse Annex July 1 and 2 - An outreach initiative to provide rural-area veterans information and counseling about Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services takes place July 22 and 23 at the Holt County Courthouse Annex, 128 N. 6th Street, O’Neill, Neb. (06/21/2011)

VA to hold informational open house in North Platte - An outreach initiative to provide rural-area Veterans information and counseling about Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services takes place June 17 and June 18 at American Legion Post 163, 2020 E. 4th Street, North Platte, Neb. (06/01/2011)

2K Event to Support Homeless Veterans, Promote VA Employee Wellness - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities in Nebraska are hosting a 2K Walk and Roll event June 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in support of employee wellness month. The event will also encourage employee and local community support of homeless Veterans. (05/31/2011)

Veterans Affairs medical center to honor fallen heroes - The Third Annual Memorial Day Commemoration will be at 4 p.m. May 27 at the Omaha Veterans Affairs medical center main flag pole at 4101 Woolworth Ave. The event is to honor America’s fallen heroes who served (05/23/2011)

Veterans Affairs appoints new regional police chief - Bellevue, Neb., resident Mark Kula was named the new chief of police for the Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System May 23. Kula supervises a police force that provides protection for Veterans, staff and visitors at VA health care facilities in eight communities across the Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System service area. (05/23/2011)

Flag Day Music Celebration to be held at Lincoln VA June 18 - Great music. Flag trivia. Patriotic tribute. This and a whole lot more are in store at the inaugural 2011 Veterans Affairs Flag Day Music Celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. June 18 at the Lincoln VA Clinic, 600 S. 70th St. (05/23/2011)

VA to hold grand opening for Veterans Resource & Referral Center - The Omaha VA medical center will host community members and dignitaries as it celebrates the grand opening and ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. May 27for the new Veterans Resource & Referral Center (R&R) in Building D, at the Omaha VA medical center, 4101 Woolworth Ave. (05/23/2011)

Veterans Affairs to hold information forum for patients - Veterans who receive health care services at the Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Lincoln, Neb., are invited to attend an information forum at 5 p.m. May 26 in the Prairie Room at 600 S. 70th Street (05/18/2011)

Veterans Field Guide to Government Shutdown - Check out the Veterans Field Guide for a full list of what will VA services will be available and what will be suspended during a federal government shutdown. (04/08/2011)

New Chief of Staff - Thomas G. Lynch, M.D., was appointed VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System's chief of staff, effective March 28. (03/29/2011)

Hearing Loss in the Military - The Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (VA NWIHCS) is partnering with a Nebraska agency to raise awareness of the impact of hearing loss that service members and veterans experience because of combat in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (03/28/2011)

VA to hold outreach information open house - The VA health care system partners with the VA Regional Office and Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs to host an information open house July 22 and 23 at the Holt County Courthouse Annex. (03/28/2011)

VA to hold outreach event at Kearney American Legion - OMAHA, Neb. -- An outreach initiative to provide rural-area veterans information and counseling about Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services takes place July 1 and 2 at American Legion Post 52, 1223 Central Ave, Kearney, Neb. (03/28/2011)

VA outreach event at S. Sioux City American Legion - (March 28, 2011) - The VA health care system partners with the VA Regional Office and Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs to host an information open house April 8 and 9 at the S. Sioux City American Legion post. (03/24/2011)

Promotion of Veterans Affairs Law Enforcement officer - Retired OPD veterans Sgt. Charlie Venditte and Lt. Bernie Venditte celebrated the promotion of Ross Venditte to a lieutenant in the VA police service. (03/13/2011)

VA agencies to hold outreach event at Audubon Armory - The Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, veteran service agencies, county veteran service officers and military transition advisors to bring information and services at a Veterans of the Armed Forces Open House at the Armory at 601 Southside Drive, Audubon. (03/04/2011)

Vets Resource Center - The main road that passes through the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center property at 4101 Woolworth Ave., in Omaha will be partially closed at the Center Street entrance from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 26. as part of an effort to construct a Vets Resource Center. (02/25/2011)

VA benefits Health Fair - The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System is hosting a Veterans Health Fair March 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium at the Lincoln clinic at 600 S. 70th St. (02/21/2011)

National Salute to Veteran Patients - Citizens young and old are encouraged and invited to join the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (NWIHCS) in honoring our veterans, and learning more about VA's volunteer program during the National Salute to Veteran Patients week, Feb. 13 to 19. (02/08/2011)

National Nurse Anesthetists Week - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) from the Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System and thousands of their colleagues from around the country are celebrating this year's 12th annual National Nurse Anesthetists Week campaign: Caring for America, taking place, January 23 - 29. (01/24/2011)

Information forum for VA patients - Veterans who receive health care services at the Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Lincoln, Neb., are invited to attend an information forum at 5 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Prairie Room at 600 S. 70th St. to learn about the VA’s new Patient-Aligned Care Teams. (01/13/2011)

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