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Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping germ-zapping Robots getting set upFuturistic robots at Tucson VA zapping germs
The Tucson VA’s newest staff members are not quite what our Veterans would expect to see around the hospital, but they are playing an important role in keeping Veterans and staff safe from hospital borne infections.
Stained Glass at Tucson VA meditation roomVolunteers support Tucson VA chaplains
On Sunday mornings, volunteers arrive early at the Tucson VA preparing for the first religious service of the day. They work to transform a conference room into a reflective space for Veterans.
Veterans Serving Veteran is the driving force for the Hero's Welcome Program at the Tucson VAHero’s Welcome Program - Veterans serving Veterans
Veterans serving Veterans is the driving force for the Hero’s Welcome program at the Tucson VA. It helps newly-admitted Veterans feel welcome and ensures they know what resources are available to them during their stay.
Vocational development specialists from the Tucson VA talk to a Vetean about employment opportunitiesTucson VA Partners with Pima County One Stop
Veterans enrolled in Tucson VA's Department of Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program seeking employment have additional support with a partnership with Pima County One Stop.
Hepatitis C testing vile.SAVAHCS takes lead for Veteran Hepatitis C testing
Veterans can live for years without even knowing they have Hepatitis C, and by the time a Veteran is diagnosed with the virus there could already be liver damage and left untreated, could lead to lifelong illnesses.
Veterans from the SWBRC view art at the Tucson Museum of ArtSWBRC partners with museum to help blind Veterans
Tucson VA's Southwestern Blind Rehabilitation Center developed a partnership with a local museum where blinded Veterans can experience different types of art even though they may not see all the details in the art work.
MHICM staff visits Veterans with serious mental health issues in their homesMHICM Program Committed to Serving Veterans 24/7
Veterans in Southern Arizona that face serious mental health challenges have allies at the Tucson VA. Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) program comes alongside these Veterans 24/7 to help & support them.
Tucson VA encourages Veterans to participate in Million Veteran Program (MVP)Million Veteran Program (MVP)
Launched in 2011, The Million Veteran Program is a research effort aimed at better understanding how genes affect health. The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System is working to ensure Veterans are aware of program.
A former CWT program member now works as an MSA at the Tucson VA.CWT Program- A Pathway to Success
Veterans that faced challenges with mental health, substance abuse or homelessness can improve their lives through the Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Program. The program provides Veterans a chance for a hopeful future.
The Tucson VA has a new cardiology clinic  dedicated to women Veterans.SAVAHCS Promotes Heart Health for Women Veterans
The Tucson VA Women's Clinic has first cardiology clinic solely dedicated to serving women Veterans in the VA. According the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S.

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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