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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 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.
Two people walking with nordic walking sticksTips to Keep Veterans from Falling Down
You hear it all the time. Poor old Steve ... he fell down. Sometimes it’s just embarrassing and you get back up. Other times, you’re headed for the emergency room. Here’s how to prevent falling down.
black and white photo showing three combat soldiers crouching in a forestU.S. Army Celebrates 240th Birthday on June 14
VA joins the U.S. Army in celebrating its 240th birthday. Here are just four short stories of the thousands of Army Veterans whose lives have intersected with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
doctor taking notes as patient relays his storyVeterans Adding Life Story to Medical Records
Have you ever wished your doctor knew “the rest of the story?” A unique program at some VA medical centers allows Veterans to add their life story to their medical record.
Two women working in an office setting.  One woman is talking on the phone.How Do You Save Someone’s Life?
Good listening skills and a cool head are prerequisites when you work at the Pittsburgh VA’s Suicide Prevention Office. “You always have to remain calm at this job,” says Veronica Lucious.
Ron Whitcomb working in a gardenThe Most Peaceful Place on Earth
For many years after he came home from serving in Vietnam, Army Veteran Ron Whitcomb thought the Viet Cong were surrounding his house. With VA PTSD therapy, he learned that he was safe.
two women discussing designsDesigning Clothes for Veterans with Prosthetics
Some very generous students of fashion engineering at SUNY are working on designing comfortable and functional clothes for Veterans with prosthetics.       
View of the Biloxi facility from the front flag poleBiloxi VA in Most Beautiful Hospital Competition
Skillful and compassionate care combined with a beautiful hospital and happy patients. VA’s Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System has been nominated for Most Beautiful Hospital in America.
service members in uniform marching in a parage carring the america flagVA Remembers America's Fallen on Memorial Day
Once known as “Decoration Day,” Memorial Day is a time for remembering the people who died while serving in America’s armed forces. Here’s a list of ceremonies in your area.

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