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S.T.E.M Careers SignpostThe Importance of STEM and the Future of SAVAHCS
Educational opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, referred to as S.T.E.M are important to the future of Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in providing Veteran centered health care.
Veterans wait in line for lunch during the 2014 Veterans Day celebration at the Tucson VA.SAVAHCS Partners with Community to Help Veterans
The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) has long been considered a top healthcare provider in Southern Arizona, and Veteran outreach has always been a big part of the mission.
MSA at new Women’s Health Clinic helps a Veteran with a primary care appointment.SAVAHCS New Women's Health Clinic
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System new Women’s Health Clinic started seeing its first patients at the end of April. The new Women’s Health Clinic is SAVAHCS’s commitment to serving women Veterans in Southern Arizona.
Lucille Lombardo, VAVS Chairperson presents SAVAHCS Director, Jonathan Gardner with a symbolic check representing volunteer and donor contributions for fiscal year 2013.SAVAHCS Volunteers Making a Difference to Veterans
Everyday generous members of the community contribute to making a difference in the lives of southern Arizona Veterans. 1,327 SAVAHCS volunteers donated 144,829 hours to serving Veterans in fiscal year 2014.
The podiatry residents are overseen by full-time VA board certified podiatrists who split their time between patient care, teaching podiatry residents and students, and research.Accredited training programs at SAVAHCS
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System provides training programs for a variety of health disciplines. SAVAHCS has accredited training programs in podiatry, optometry, pharmacy and psychology.
A sample of the Veteran Choice CardVeterans Choice Card, Accessing Community Care
The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 changed VA healthcare to help Veterans seeking timely medical care. Southern Arizona Veterans can choose eligible health care providers outside the VA system.
Charis Domador, Connected Warriors CYI, with Chuck Grimes and Dean Halvorsen in Warrior One poseYoga for Veterans- A Choice to Improve Health
Since May of 2013, Veterans at the Southern Arizona Veterans Health Care System have chosen to get involved in improving their health by participating in Yoga for Veterans classes.
healtheliving assessment sampleWhat’s Your Health Age?
What’s your health age? Take the healtheliving assessment to find out! My HealtheVet’s healtheliving assessment (HLA) can help you find out. The HLA is available 24/7 on the My HealtheVet website.
Using TeleHealthCLINIC-BASED TELEHEALTH SERVICES EXPAND CARE OPTIO
Clinic-based telehealth programs at the SAVAHCS enable the facility to treat more Veterans, decrease hospital admissions and provide options for Veterans to receive specialty care without leaving their home or clinic.
We are listeningProactive, Personalized and Patient Driven Care
Proactive, personalized & patient driven health care is how VA seeks to support positive personal health behaviors. The choices we make when each and every day have a great impact on our overall health and well-being.

From the Veterans Health Administration

A woman with graying hair smilesI Served in the Active Military. Yes, I'm One!
Know this: If you are a woman who served in the active military service, you are a Veteran. People may think your military experience was less challenging than that of male Veterans. They're wrong.
A man points to his gardenCombat Veteran, Doctor and Now Gardener
Wesley McFarland, combat Veteran, doctor for 55 years, charged his patients $3.00. Wiped out by Hurricane Katrina, he now lives in a VA Community Living Center ... and he loves it.
An older man with a sporting competitor's numbered bib on his shirt leans on a golf cart carrying his clubs on a golf courseGolden Age Games Underway in Omaha
Golden Age Games — it's all about the rehabilitation value that wellness and fitness provide in the lives of older Veterans ... and yes, a good time, competition and fellowship with other Veterans.
A red rash on a person's elbowMy skin itches. Is it psoriasis? What is that?
Veterans who have psoriasis can easily describe the symptoms for you. It's ugly, itchy and painful. VA doctors can help Veterans treat psoriasis. Here's information on this chronic skin disease.
A Veteran wearing a sea captain's hat salutes while rolling his motorized wheelchair among others walking around him2015 VA Walk & Roll Sees Growth
It's called the Walk and Roll when over 23,000 Veterans, VA Employees and American citizens walk a mile for homeless Veterans, raising more than $325,000 worth of donations this year.
A male patient seated on an exam table in an exam room shakes hands with a female doctorTen Things to Know About the Choice Program
If you are enrolled in VA health care, the Choice Program allows you to get health care from non-VA doctors. Here are the answers to ten of the most asked questions about the program.
Woman with a clipboard and pen looks at a man speaking to herHelping Your Provider Understand Military Culture
VA is offering a free online course to private sector health care professionals to help them better serve Veterans and Servicemembers. Hear from a social worker who thinks the course is a good idea.
Two women talk and smile in an exercise roomSummer! Time to swim and picnic ... and volunteer!
Across America, thousands of Americans are pitching in to help our Veterans. Learn about the “Summer of Service” and how you can volunteer at your local VA medical center ... no sunblock needed!
A wife smiles at her husband seated facing her. Relationship a Little Rocky? Time to Retreat
About 20 couples learned how to strengthen their relationship during a two-day Warrior to Soul Mate retreat sponsored recently at the Salisbury VA Medical Center in North Carolina.
man lifting barbellWheelchair Vets Roll into Dallas for Annual Games
Since 1981, co-presented by the VA and PVA, the goal of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games is to empower Veterans with disabilities to live more healthy and active lives through sports.

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