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Image of a sign on a recycling bin.Going Green!
Practice Greenhealth has recognized the VA Maryland Health Care System with a Partner for Change Award for improving and expanding programs to eliminate mercury and reduce and recycle waste.
Daniel Braswell presents his business pitch for his  lead testing business at the graduation.Teaching Entrepreneurship
Our goal is to assist all Veterans who have difficulty obtaining and maintaining competitive employment with finding a match to meet their individual vocational preferences.
Photo of Dr. James M. Donahue.Merit Award Granted to Surgeon
Esophageal cancer, currently the 7th leading cause of death for men in the U.S., is increasing in frequency, a spike especially dramatic among veterans.
Photo of man standing on a footpath: "I'm free of hepatitis C. And you can be too." For more info go to Screened for Hep C
Due to a lack of symptoms, many people may not know they have hepatitis C. VA encourages babyboomers to get tested. Treatment options have expanded and improved!
Photo of Shae AllenAllen Named Top Social Worker
The Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers has selected Shaundra “Shae” L. Allen, a social worker at the VA Maryland Health Care System, as its 2017 Social Worker of the Year.
Group photo of veterans from various branches of the military.Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Veterans who survived Military Sexual Trauma (MST) have access to a range of free services to help them recover. MST affects men and women; about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men report a history of MST when screened.
Composite image of Veterans, their tattoos and the American flag.Recovery, Stories and Tattoos
Unique and moving art exhibit highlights recovery for veterans.
Whitney Burger, an energy engineer at the VA Maryland Health Care System.Keeping Facilities Healthy Means Reducing Costs
Whitney Burger, an energy engineer at the VA Maryland Health Care System, has been was selected as the as the Department of Veterans Affairs Energy Engineer of the Year.
Augustin Hernandez working with Sharon Kelly using robotic mannequins.Award Winning Augie Hernandez is REdi
Hernandez was recognized with one of four newly-established awards for Excellence in Clinical, Simulation, Training, Education and Research.
Fisher House logoPerry Point VAMC selected for a Fisher House
The Fisher House facilities offer the comforts of home to families and caregivers of veterans and service members receiving care at a VA medical center or military hospital.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Doctor and patient shaking hands10 Things About The Veterans Choice Program
Here's all the information about the Veterans Choice Program. Find out if you are eligible to receive health care from a community provider. How is the 40-mile calculation determined? And other FAQs.
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.

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