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Army Veteran Mr. Raul Arevalo, holds up the valentine and pin given to him during a special visit made by local VA Voluntary Service staff members, Feb. 15, 2018, at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas.Local VA salutes Veteran Patients
Members of VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System’s Voluntary Service visited VA patients in observance of National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, which takes place every year during the week of February 14.
Diagram of Veteran Presidents with highest obtained rank, starting from the first to most recent president to have served. Thirty-one of the 45 U.S. presidents have served in the U.S. armed forces. (Presidential images courtesy of educational, governmental and historical public sources.Our Veteran U.S. Presidents
The majority of our U.S. presidents hold the distinction of once being called a Veteran before they ever held the title of Commander-in-Chief. Thirty-one of the 45 U.S. presidents have served in the U.S. armed forces.
(In red:) Ms.  Janine Almanza a social worker with the Transition & Care Management program for the VA, and Ms. Elaine Duque, a VA health benefits talk to Ms. Martha Orta and her homeless son, Navy Veteran Simon Rodriguez, during the 2018 Rio Grande Valley Stand Down, which took place Feb. 9, 2018.RGV Stand Down 2018
About 200 people attended the 5-hour-long event designed for disadvantaged Veterans looking for aid in housing assistance, VA assistance, employment, & other services. Almost 100 Veterans signed up for the Stand Down.
VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (VATVCBHCS) registered nurse (RN), Mrs. Diana Ramos, holds up the trophy and certificate from the DAISY Foundation during an official awards ceremony, which took place Jan. 31, 2018, at the VA’s McAllen Outpatient Clinic in McAllen, Texas.Local VA nurse recognized with DAISY Award
“Mrs. Diana Ramos throws a latter down in the hole, and goes down to assist you in climbing out. And if you fall again, she will go down to help you climb back up towards light.”
2018 Veterans Benefits Fair thumbnail image. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs graphic/Luis h. Loza Gutierrez)Laredo VA Clinic hosts Veteran Benefits Fair
VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System in partnership with the Texas Veterans Commission & the Veterans Land Board host a Veterans Benefits Fair February 3, 2018, at the VA’s outpatient clinic in Laredo, Texas.
VATVCBHCS Press ReleaseLocal VA announces SPEAR improvement work group
Today, VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (VATVCBHCS) announced the start of the SAIL Project for Effects, Actions and Results (SPEAR), led by VATVCBHCS Deputy Chief of Staff Dr. Eric Kendle.
National Veterans Creative Arts Competition thumbnail image. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs graphic/Luis H. Loza Gutierrez)National Veterans Creative Arts Competition
Veterans enrolled in the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System can submit their works of art to the 2018 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition. Read the article to learn more on the contest.
VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (VATVCBHCS) is taking part in this nation-wide hiring campaign to hire 1,000 mental health care providers for the year 2018.Local VA part of mental health hiring initiative
The prevention of suicides among the Veterans is 1 of the top 5 organizational priorities for VA Secretary David Shulkin, hence the department’s recent launch of the 2018 Mental Health Hiring Initiative.
VA Press Release Generic graphic for thumbnail imageVA offers same-day orthotic, prosthetic service
The Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service for VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System began offering same-day service for orthotic and prosthetic needs since January 2, 2018.
Many Veterans can be reimbursed for travel costs related to VA health care services. Beneficiary Travel Claim Drop Boxes can help Veterans submit claims faster by saving time.Travel Costs for VA Care:Drop Boxes save time
Many Veterans can be reimbursed for travel costs related to VA health care services. Beneficiary Travel Claim Drop Boxes can help Veterans submit claims faster by saving time.

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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