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VA Western New York Healthcare System

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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.
Gary BeikirchMedal of Honor Recipient Gary Beikirch
VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program staff welcomed Medal of Honor Recipient Gary Beikirch at VA Western New York Healthcare System, Buffalo, on March 6. Mr. Beikirch was a Special Forces medic in Vietnam.
Veterans gardening during National Salute to Veteran Patients Week.National Salute to Veteran Patients Week
VA Western New York Healthcare System is celebrating National Salute to Veteran Patients February 8th - 14th, 2015. This week is to honor Veterans and encourage others to volunteer.
Photo of Dan Frontera.Veterans Tell Their VA Story
Dan Frontera and Jessie Donaldson tell their VA story and why they chose to enroll in VA health care when they came back from serving overseas. They encourage other Veterans to make it their VA too.
Photo of Dan FronteraThis is My VA
Dan Frontera, a U.S. Army Iraq War Veteran and a VA health care member since 2006, explains why Veterans, if not currently enrolled or using their VA health care benfits should.
The American flag flyingRemembering Veterans
When a Veteran passes away at VA Western New York Healthcare System, something special occurs on behalf of those that were with us. A “Remembrance Service” is held to honor the memory of those Veterans.
Pink graphic ribbon symbolizing breast cancer awareness.Fight Breast Cancer
During the month of October VA Western New York Healthcare System, 3495 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY will host the following programs to increase awareness and educate Veterans about breast cancer more...
Photo of two smiling children a boy and a girl.Kids Korner Open
VA Western New York Health Care System’s Kids Korner received assurance that the program will continue to serve Veterans and their family members childcare needs for another year.

From the Veterans Health Administration

service members in uniform marching in a parage carring the america flagVA Remembers America's Fallen on Memorial Day
Once known as “Decoration Day,” Memorial Day is a time for remembering the people who died while serving in America’s armed forces. Here’s a list of ceremonies in your area.
five researchers and technocians working in a laboratory90 Years of VA Research Improves Veterans' Lives
Did you know VA doctors performed the first successful liver transplant in 1968, and that VA doctors have received the Nobel Prize? Find out more as VA celebrates National VA Research Week.
Elise Brown standing next to Roy Jeffers who is laying in a hospital bedHe Was Given Two Years to Live…23 Years Ago
Veteran Roy Jeffers is marking Hepatitis Awareness Month by sharing his brave story with Veterans and their families in the hope that they will learn more and make an appointment to get tested…now!
mother and daughter using hula hoopsWomen Veterans Can Be Role Models for Health
Of the almost 670,000 Women Veterans enrolled with VA, over 400,000 of them utilized VHA health care in 2014. Read here about how they can be role models for health for other women and young girls.
nurse reviewing documents with a patientHonoring VA's Compassionate Professionals
The thousands of VA nurses who take care of America’s Veterans are skilled, caring professionals. During National Nurses Week, we say “Thank You” for taking care of our heroes.
veteran walking on a treadmill10th Anniversary of VA’s Polytrauma Program
For ten years, VA’s Polytrauma System of Care has treated Veterans with multiple severe injuries. Two of the hundreds of Veterans who have received care tell their stories of strength and recovery.
Woman standing in front of a lake near Epcott CenterVeteran Re-Connects with Other Women at Vet Center
After one of the most emotionally challenging jobs in the military left her with PTSD, former sergeant Josie Beatty found help at a Vet Center and learned she did not “have to be super human.”
Make the connection website Veterans' Real Stories of Strength and Resilience
Hundreds of Veterans share their experiences with mental health challenges and reaching out for support. On a unique website, you can hear how they started their journeys toward recovery.
Sign in front of the garden with the words the healing ground dedicated July 2012Planting Cabbage on Earth Day in a Healing Ground
Hundreds of Veterans have found a safe haven for dealing with a variety of issues in a Walla Walla VA “Healing Ground” garden. Thinking about things with the “clarity of fresh air.”
Veteran Charles Yeager standing next to his award winning muralVeterans and Medical Centers Celebrate Earth Day
Veterans are seeing green as they join VA Medical Centers across the country in a variety of programs to celebrate Earth Day initiatives that help the planet and create a healing environment.

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