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Veterans attending symposium held at the Batavia VA Medical Center.Symposium on how to deal with holiday stressors
Batavia VA held a symposium to help Veterans prepare for the stressors of the holiday season. Topics such as taking care of yourself and how to manage stress during the holiday season were on the agenda.
American Legion Erie County members.Voluntary Service Partnerships
Throughout the year organizations and local businesses such as Hewlett Packard and the Girl Scouts of WNY partner with Voluntary Service at VA Western New York Healthcare System to support our nation’s Veterans.
Photo of New York State Lt. Governor Kathy Hockul in blue suit with local Vietnam Veterans50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
On Tuesday, March 29, 2016 retired Army two-star general John Batiste was the guest speaker and New York State Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul attended the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.
Sandra DeGennaro, Registered DieticianThe Healthy Teaching Kitchen
The Healthy Teaching Kitchen (HTK) is a new initiative to provide interactive nutrition education, counseling and practical knowledge on eating better through healthy cooking.
Photo of Guy Allegretto Jr. telling his story to a group of individuals.A Veterans Perspective
Vietnam Veteran Guy Allegretto Jr. is a survivor of the 77- day Siege of Khe Sanh. He shared his insight about what it truly means to be at the front lines in combat and the unbearable suffering that goes along with it.
A visually impaired Veteran enjoys art through sense of touch.Seeing Art in a Whole New Way!
You don’t have to see to appreciate the arts! Blind veterans along with their family and staff from VA Western New York Healthcare System enjoyed a guided tour by Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Photo of Congressman Brian Higgins, Kristen Weese and Roger Woodworth.Thank You
VA Western New York Healthcare System would like to thank their community partners for their tremendous support in helping make this summer’s special events for Veterans so successful.
Photo of Jake Hipps in the front of the Buffalo VA Medical Center.Sixteen Competitions and Sixty Medals
Vietnam Veteran, Jake Hipps, has been competing in sports for 16 years and won 60 medals. He encourages other Veterans to stay active and to think of competing in the National Veterans competitions.
Rich Product Incorporated employees presented a donation to VA Western New York Healthcare System for Veteran activities.Local Organizations Partake in Summer of Service
A number of local organizations are volunteering at VA Health Care Upstate New York this summer as part of VA’s Summer of Service initiative, an initiative aimed to bolster volunteer assistance.
Head shot photo of Glenn ScottMeet Glenn Scott
Local artist and Veteran Glenn Scott has made it his mission to help fellow Veterans struggling with substance abuse by sharing his artistic talents by donating original art work he has created.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Lead Yoga Therapist Nancy Schalk.Can Yoga Ease Your PTSD? VA Wants to Find Out
A clinical research psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indiana is exploring the effects Yoga might have on Veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Concert, band playing on the stageVA's National Salute to Veteran Patients
Concerts, Valentines, and a lot of Americans saying Thank You, all part of VA's National Salute to Veteran Patients. Along with a chance for you to learn how you can volunteer to help our heroes.
Image of a Veteran holding a small rock.  A Journey to Vietnam, and Reconciliation
In December 2016 a group of Veterans along with VA providers and academics from around the country met in Vietnam to jointly experience a spiritual pilgrimage to facilitate recovery from the war.
Images of Julian Scadden at the bedside of a dying Veteran. Army Veteran Spends His Days Comforting the Dying
Nine years ago Julian Scadden, a 67-year-old Vietnam-Era Veteran who works as a housekeeper at the Denver VA, found his true calling in life: comforting dying Veterans on the hospital's hospice unit
Image of a group therapy session featuring both men and women.VA Giving Strength to Couples in Crisis
The Baltimore VA's Strength at Home program is designed to help Veterans who are experiencing physical or verbal abuse in their relationships, but don't know how to end the circle of violence.
Writer-Editor Rebekah E. Rickner interviews Veteran Richard BryeHonoring the Voices and Experiences of Veterans
My Life, My Story. A unique VA project that lets Veterans tell their VA care team about their life and careers, who they are as a person and then have their story added to their VA medical record.
Army Veteran boxercisingVeteran loses 30 pounds in VA's MOVE! program
Army Veteran, 65, lost more than 30 pounds and got in shape with VA's MOVE! program - lifting weights and attending fitness classes for cardio three times a week. Also, a little yoga and boxercise.
Image of doctor shaking hands with patientTransgender Vets, the VA, and Respect
Are you a transgender Veteran? The VA provides gender transition counseling, evaluations for hormone therapy, and evaluations for gender transition surgeries, along with a healthy dose of respect.
Dr. Eloise Harman and Army Vietnam Veteran Winston FigueroaDr. Eloise Harman - One of VA's Top Doctors.
Dr. Eloise Harman follows in her parents' footsteps in providing care for America's Veterans. And spends most of her free time volunteering to help others. Meet another one of VA's Top Doctors.
Female soldier burning old uniforms Nearly 100,000 Vets Enrolled in Burn Pit Registry
Veterans who had exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards during deployment are encouraged to join the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. Almost 100,000 Veterans have so far.

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