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Sutherland Springs, Texas, South Texas VA, counselors, shooting, crisisVeterans Affairs helps Sutherland Springs heal
A multidisciplinary team responded to a mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Nov. 5. The initial team, led by South Texas VA Chief of Staff, Dr. Julianne Flynn, arrived less than eight hours after the shooting.
A group of people are loading onto a bus outside a hospitalHurricane Harvey Response: Notes from the field
The South Texas VA sent several members of its staff to support the Michael E. DeBakey VA in Houston, Texas after Harvey flooded the area. One staff member, nurse Joel Gutierrez, reflected on his deployment.
Safety office personnel have caution tape strewn over the entrance to the Victoria Outpatient ClinicSouth Texas VA works to get Victoria Clinic opened
After Hurricane Harvey made landfall, the Victoria clinic took a good hit, losing power and water for almost a week. South Texas mobilized, and through a team effort, brought the clinic back on line.
A man lays in his hospital bed surrounded by four people standing by his bedside.The Frozen Chosin: Fidel Gomez
Fidel Gomez is a Marine and Korean War Veteran that is also a member of the Frozen Chosin. He joined the corps in 1949. Only a third of his unit made it out alive in one of the most epic battles in Marine Corps history.
a picture of a plaster cast of clasped hands.Barbara Seiler: Leaving a legacy
Barbara Seiler, a VA Social Worker, passed away on May 30, 2017 after a battle with cancer. While on hospice, she was presented an opportunity to take part in a legacy project.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

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.
Women Veterans on the lake in canoesWomen Veterans: Retreat Healthy and Healing
Women Veterans attend Healing in Nature Retreat which promotes whole health and wellness to help women Veterans explore personal wellness goals. “My best six days since coming home.”

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