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Dr. Ayse Aytaman, Chief, Gastroenterology and HepatologyPhysician to be Honored
Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, to be named 2018 Physician of the Year by NYC American Liver Foundation. Dr. Aytaman considers her Veterans and her trainees as her biggest inspiration in everything she does.
Roxanne Disla, OTD, OTR/LArm for a Woman
Occupational Therapist Roxanne Disla was recently awarded a research grant by the Department of Defense to lead a research team to determine the unique psychosocial needs of a woman living with an amputation.
Parkinson's patients and Speech PathologistsFear Subsides on Tuesdays
Fear comes along with Parkinson’s, a neurological disease, But, that fear subsides on Tuesdays said four participants of the Parkinson’s support group that meets at VA’s St. Albans Campus.
Photos (l-r) VANYHHS clinical staff members, Brenna Devaney, Pro Bono Counsel, and Nicole Jeong, Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney at Legal Services NYCLegal services offered at no cost to Veterans
Valuable legal services are being offered free of charge by legal firms to Veterans at, or below poverty level. With the support of Legal Services NYC, big name global corporations and law firms are participating.
HUD/VASH Support Group participants assist each other with housing issues and other concerns.  (l-r) Army Veteran Frederick Ripley; Army Veteran Robert Wenzel, HUD/VASH Coordinator; and Army Veteran Craig MartinVeterans Support Veterans
VA NY Harbor and fellow Veterans have helped Army Veteran Craig Martin in many ways and now having completed VA training to be a Peer Specialist, he's helping fellow Veterans.
Sgt. Armando RiveraPuerto Rico Se Levantará
When Hurricane Maria hit PR, it hit close to Armando Rivera's heart. He was born in NY, but his parents were born in Puerto Rico, and he considers himself a Puerto Rican to the core of his heart.
Army Veteran Jere Van DykMy Real Experience of War
The Trade is a page turner on the involvement of the US government in ongoing kidnappings and ransom payments for political gain, or not, and the gruesome deaths of numerous citizens.
WW II Army Veteran Martin AbendThoughts
Complex and contradictory, just like life, pretty much sums up WW II Veteran's take on science, politics and human communication. He’s very forthright, can be assertive and he’s completely uninterested in small talk
Dr. Michael SimberkoffVeterans Who Served
Navy Veteran, a leading expert on infectious diseases, studied how hepatitis B, pneumococcal pneumonia, shingles, and influenza could be prevented by vaccines. He was also a pioneer in treating HIV.
(l-r) Maggie McGibbon, LCSW, and WWII Veteran Morris DucatI want to Climb a Mountain
His Thanksgiving meal will present no surprises for WWII Veteran Morris Ducat. The 100-year-old, who resides at VA’s St. Albans Community Living Center, knows he will happily enjoy the same meal he has every day.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Medical Technologist Dionne Hockett operates the new BioFire Blood Culture Identification system New Blood Culture ID System Improves Care for Vets
VA's Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has a new system that lets doctors find harmful microorganisms in blood samples in just a few hours vs. three days with the old method.
National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.

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