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Touring VA's St. Albans & Brooklyn campuses, VA Secretary Wilke was very enthusiastic about the caliber of skill seen at VA NY Harbor. He talked about the value of "walking the post" in gaining support for VA.
Among speakers at Harbor’s 22nd Annual Cancer Survivors Day Celebration, was Maureen Valenzuela a colon cancer survivor and wife of Vietnam Veteran Dr. Herminio Valenzuela, a 2-year lung cancer survivor.
The Clubhouse at VA Brooklyn recently hosted a performance/ visual arts show/ exhibition of Veteran artists. Reactions to the show highlight the positive impact that the arts and creativity have on recovery and growth.
On completion of a 750mile walk across NY State to bring awareness to PTSD, Veteran came, along with a documentary crew, to the hospital (now VA facility) where he began his recovery from Vietnam War injuries.
13 years after a medical discharge from the AF, & a roller coaster reintegration, something wonderful happens to Veteran. He is given an assignment to shoot a street fashion story for hip online Cool America Magazine.
VA Secretary Wilkie’s visit to VA Manhattan, gave Harbor leaders and VISN 2 Director the opportunity to talk with him about some of their proudest initiatives, like those concerning the expanding service of tele-health.
The practice of mindfulness is new at VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, as VA nation-wide, is looking for ways to effectively manage pain for Veteran patients while reducing or eliminating their need for medication.