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A group of young cadets are standing in formation and holding flags at a funeral serviceMissing in America: 5 Vets come home
The Missing in America Project painstakingly identified the cremains of six Veterans in Potter County, Texas and collaborated to get them interred at the Fort Sam National Cemetery.
A plate of saladNutrition is tasty medicine
South Texas VA Registered Dietitian, Charles Coleman uses his background in diabetes research, and love for cooking to create lasting and impactful change for San Antonio Veterans.
A group of Veterans sits in a large room awaiting the start of the town hallSouth Texas holds Victoria Town Hall
The Director of the South Texas VA, Mr. Robert Walton, accompanied by key officials, traveled to Victoria, Texas March 9, to hold their annual town hall. Besides the traditional Q&A, there was an info fair.
A man standing next to a hospital bed with a patientFor paralyzed Veteran, football is not just a game
Disabled Vietnam Veteran and Cowboys fan Don Townsend, uses his study of the game of football to keep his mind active and to learn life and share it with his son and grandson.
An image of a group of rocking horses on racks inside of a trailerPatriotic Pony for the South Texas Fisher House
Scott and Trish Snyder delivered a Patriotic Pony to the South Texas VA Fisher House for the children of guests of the house to enjoy. It fulfills a promise the Snyder's made to a Gold Star family.
Mary Mather stands with her DAISY Award next to the Deputy Associate Director for Patient Care Services, Valerie Rodriguez-YuWorthy_of_the_DAISY:Mary_Mather
The South Texas VA DAISY committee awarded its third DAISY Award to Frank Tejeda Nurse Manager Mary Mather. It was the third DAISY given, since the program started in late 2015.
An image of a small U.S. Flag in front of the South Texas VA Fisher HousePatriot Day at the South Texas VA
On September 9, South Texas VA patients and staff, along with their families and volunteers from around the community, gathered to honor the active duty military, Veterans and first responders.
An image of several individuals standing in front of a ribbon for the new Fisher House outdoor pavilion and kitchen.Fisher House: now even more like home
The South Texas VA Fisher House (FH) had a ribbon cutting for an outdoor pavilion and kitchen. 200 people including FH Foundation President David Coker officially christened the $63,000 project.
A VA employee holds a microphone for a sitting patient while she addresses the hospital directorSouth Texas holds quarterly Veterans Town Hall
On June 23, the South Texas VA held its most recent town hall at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to the town hall, the hospital offered an information fair for patients.
Three VA employees standing for a picture in front of the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.Happy Fathers Day: Growing up VA
At South Texas, Veteran employee, and nurse perfusionist Ruben Mireles, has raised his children by example, and that has led both of them to their own careers, taking care of America's Heroes.

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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