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Southern Arizona VA Health Care System

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SAVAHCS honors Veterans by ensuring they have the highest quality healthcareHonoring Veterans
Since the founding of our Nation, brave men and women have served honorably to defend our freedoms. Through their unwavering commitment, our military has become one of the most respected armed forces in the world.
Telehealth technology helps improve Veteran access to careTelehealth Technology Improves Veteran Access
The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System serves Veterans in wide variety of rural areas across Southern Arizona, through the use of telehealth technology it has helped improve access to care for Veterans.
Mr. Harm Splitter a WWII Veteran reciving an eye exam in the SWBRC at the Tucson VA.Daughter serves WWII Veteran Father at SWBRC
Her father’s WWII service inspired Diana Kellermeyer to pursue a career at the VA, as Clinical Director Southwestern Blind Rehabilitation Center at the Tucson VA she oversees the facility where her father receives care.
U.S. Army Veteran, Nick Piperata stands proudly at his new place of employment.CEC Program Helps Veteran Find Employment
U.S. Army Veteran, Nick Piperata spent more than seven months looking for work. During an appointment at the Tucson Northwest CBOC, he was referred to a Community Employment Coordinator and his prospects quickly changed.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Happy HolidaysReligious Exercise and Expression in VA Facilities
VA appreciates religious groups and other organizations that wish to celebrate the holidays with our Veterans. Here are the guidelines to help you observe the season with our patients and residents.
Man in a wheelchair with a woman standing to his sideHonoring Family and Friends Who Care for Veterans
Respite care provides a break for a Veteran's regular caregiver, and VA offers professional respite care to caregivers. Eligible Veterans may be eligible to receive 30 days of respite care per year.
Major Anthony SmithOne Story of Millions Who Have Borne the Battle
From a body bag to a black belt. After being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, Anthony Smith was presumed dead and placed in a body bag. Today, after 100 surgeries, he has a martial arts black belt.
A woman with a stethoscope reviews a paper with an older man holding a canePlanning for Getting Older: Is it Ever Too Early?
Over half of America's Veterans are over 65. It's estimated 70% of them will eventually need long term care. Have you and your family made any plans? Here's what one Veteran did ... and you can too.
Two men and two women chopping vegetables around a kitchen counterVA Gourmet - Teaching Vets How to Cook Healthy
At the Fargo VA in North Dakota, a team of dietitians is dedicated to teaching Veterans how to prepare quick, easy meals that are nutritious and healthy (and taste good too).
A tall, cylindrical machine stands in the center of a hospital room and emits blue light Milwaukee VA Medical Center Zaps Germs with Robots
Milwaukee VA Medical Center protects the health and safety of Veteran patients with new robots that kill numerous micro-organisms in about 15 minutes. It scrambles the DNA of bacteria.
Detail of a painting featuring military boots and high heelsCreative Arts Festival 2015
Over 100 Veterans are gathering in North Carolina this week for VA's national annual Creative Arts Festival. It's music, painting, dancing, sculpture ... and it's therapeutic.
A woman sits on a bed while readingHomeless Alabama Veteran Home at Last
Army Veteran April Rencher didn't plan on becoming homeless. But after watching her world fall apart, she's now building a new life for herself with a little help from her friends at the Tuscaloosa VA.
A woman in a lab coat shows a patient two computer monitors displaying mammogram imagesBreast Cancer: The Importance of Mammograms
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, but early detection saves lives, which is why mammograms are so important. VA's 3D technology is improving cancer detection rates.
An audiologist installs a hearing aid for a Veteran patientVeterans! Hard of hearing? VA can help.
Whether from high noise in military operations or during training, hearing loss and tinnitus account for the two most prevalent service-connected disabilities among Veterans. Many do not realize it until too late.

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