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Local Features

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.
Photo of Dr. Lois FreemanOne of Our Own Changes the National Scene
Dr. Lois Freeman’s idea rises to the top, beating out 2,200 submissions in the 2016 Employee Innovation Compeetition.
Veteran patient getting a flu shot.Get the flu shot before the flu bug gets you
To obtain a free flu shot at Walgreens, veterans will not need to make an appointment, but they must show their VA Veterans Health Identification Card and another form of identification.

From the Veterans Health Administration

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.
FC Vincent Savarino, bottom right corner, with members of the 8th Field Artillery, Battery A on a beach in Oahu, Hawaii in 1935Veteran Volunteer to Celebrate 100th Birthday
Woodrow Wilson was President when Veteran Volunteer Vincent Savarino was born. This month he will celebrate birthday number 100 during National Volunteer Week at the Wilkes-Barre VA medical center.
Male patient resting in bed following surgeryWith VA's Help, Waco Veteran Gets a Second Chance
Thirty-year-old Stephen Jacinto survived two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. It was only after he returned home to Waco, Texas, that the Air Force Veteran discovered his own mortality.
Veteran Brandon Myers removes his shoes from a wheelchair he used to harness an exoskeleton walking deviceRobotic Brace for Veterans of Spinal Cord Injury
It's called an Exoskeleton and it uses motion sensors and a computer control system to allow Veterans with spinal cord injuries to stand and take steps, with a little help.
A male wearing a BDU jacket speaking with a male counselor.Can Spiritual Therapy Ease Your PTSD Symptoms?
A researcher associated with the Augusta VA in Georgia is conducting a survey to see if Veterans coping with PTSD might be interested in having spirituality introduced into their therapy.

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