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Local Features

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.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

VA Chaplin speaking with Veteran about spiritualityTalking Spiritual about Moral Injury
VA chaplains help Veterans in many ways, including invisible injuries. Read how one New York VA chaplain works with Veterans dealing with moral injury, helping them cope with memories they push away.
Women Veterans Call Center EmployeeVA invites Women Veterans to Chat Online
The Women Veterans Call Center has a new online, one-to-one chat function. Women Veterans can chat online anonymously via text with a trained woman representative, many of whom are Veterans.
Veteran throwing Javelin at Golden Age GamesVeteran Golden Age Games Underway in Detroit
Golden Age Games - it is about the rehabilitation value that wellness and fitness provide in the lives of older Veterans and a good time, competition and fellowship with other Veterans.
Image of Veteran outdoors with friends and his horseDying Veteran Emotional Last Request
Paralyzed by a bullet to his spine in Vietnam combat, Roberto Gonzalez still found many things to enjoy in life. His favorite was his horses. Near the end of his life, he had one last request.
Veteran competeing in Wheelchair games in an Archery match. Wheelchair Games are about Living Healthy Lives
All this week VA and the Paralyzed Veterans of America are hosting the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Veterans will participate in 18 wheelchair sports events in Salt Lake City.
Image of a Monarch butterfly on a flowerButterflies Symbolize Hope for Paralyzed Veterans
In early May about 30 patients and staff gathered on the front patio of the Milwaukee Veteran Affairs Spinal Cord Injury building to witness a special ceremony: the release of hundreds of butterflies.
Male Veteran walking down a rural road surrounded by treesPTSD Help with Cognitive Processing Therapy
After 17 months in Iraq he came home and felt he was drifting through life. After he was diagnosed with PTSD, he entered a VA treatment program called Cognitive Processing Therapy. It worked for him.
Two VA Doctors with their VA Patient after surgery Veteran has Tongue Cancer Surgery Home in 3 Days
Warren, an Army Veteran, had surgery for a cancerous tongue tumor. He spent only three days in the hospital. Read how VA surgeons solve complex problems with minimally invasive procedures.
 Image of a male volunteer handing out clothes to a male Veteran. I was addicted and homeless. The VA took me in.
Vietnam Veteran Mike Doherty was homeless and addicted to pain killers and alcohol. He had hit bottom with no place to turn. But then a good friend drove him to the Pittsburgh VA.
World MS Day, 25 May 2016 - LogoYou get to choose how you will handle MS.
Read the inspirational words of an Air Force Veteran who eloquently describes how he lives every day with Multiple Sclerosis. His courage and resolve serve as a valuable example to us all.

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