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Local Features

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.
Photo of Irvin BartzHelping Veterans to Activities They Enjoy
Irv Bartz has been volunteering at the Batavia VA Medical Center for the past 17 years escorting Veterans to and from medical appointments and activities they enjoy like going to special events like picnics.
Diane RuszalaNew Volunteer Ambassador Program
The daughter of a Veteran, Diane Ruszala volunteers in the new Ambassador Program at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. Ruszala said her father received wonderful care at the Buffalo VA before he passed away.
Charley CzarneckiVeteran Lauds VA’s Tele-Quit Program
When Charley Czarnecki experimented with smoking in High School, he really didn’t think much of it. Even after Army basic training, he harbored no real desire to smoke, but after serving in Vietnam, everything changed.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Female and Male Veterans riding a DuetBike together.The Success of Recreation Therapy for Veterans
Last year there were over 300 million Recreation and Creative Therapy activities for Veterans, such as special events and therapeutic outings. Changing the focus from disability to ability.
Make a Date During Heart Health MonthMake a Date During Heart Health Month
The number one killer of women is heart disease. Every February, Heart Health Month, VA reminds Veterans that early detection can make all the difference in a successful battle against heart disease.
Army Veteran Shaun CastleStrive, Live, Conquer in Salt Lake City
Army Veteran Shaun Castle has a message for wheelchair Veterans: Come to The Games this summer in Salt Lake City. It changed his life, it will change yours. Read his powerful remarks and sign up now.
Charlie Brown, a Marine and Korean War Veteran. Well-Being for Aging Veterans
VA has many ways to help keep you healthy, even if you can't fit into your old uniform. Find out here about Well-Being. It's about mental, physical and spiritual health for older Veterans.
VA nurse Mike Twigg uses a stethoscope to examine a Veteran patientIraq War Veteran Becomes VA Nurse
Mike Twigg was 38 years old when he decided to join the Army. It was 2007, and the war in Iraq was going full tilt. Sounds like a solid plan. Still, isn't 38 a bit old to be joining the Army?
A hiker on a snowy mountainFree, Confidential Courses to Launch Your New Year
Welcome to 2016! VA has developed a free, online, confidential tool kit to help you fight "brain overload," along with relaxation exercises, videos and stress management tools.
Happy New Year 2016!Top Ten VA Services List for Veterans in 2016
One thing we all hope for in a New Year is good health. For America's Veterans, that's our job. At our VA hospitals and Community-Based Outpatient Clinics, we are here to serve you.
Veteran Marion Ritchie and her Navy photo from World War II.98-Year-Old Veteran Planning Next Parasailing Trip
World War II Navy Veteran, 98, looks back on a century of Christmas celebrations and her recent adventures parasailing and motorcycle riding. Next on her list, computer classes.
Two men play chess in a restaurantVA 'Bridgers' Helping Sober Vets Stay That Way
At the Bedford VA in Massachusetts, peer support specialists known as 'Bridgers' are helping Veterans successfully reintegrate into their communities following rehab for drug or alcohol abuse.
A mom and dad with a son and daughter cooking and sampling food in a kitchenConnect with Your Children this Holiday Season
VA has free, confidential online courses to help Veteran parents connect with their children. Helpful anytime, but especially during the holidays which can bring a lot of stress. Totally!

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