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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

Male Veteran standing beside a horse.Veterans Conquer Depression with Equine Therapy
For some Veterans coping with depression, post-traumatic stress and even physical pain, spending some quality time with a horse (also known as equine therapy) might just be the perfect remedy.
Postpartum Depression Affects One-in-Seven New MothersWomen Veterans: Help for Postpartum Depression
Pregnant Women Veterans have an increased likelihood of a mental health issue and a higher risk for postpartum depression. Learn the symptoms and treatment options from VA's Women's Health Services.
Nurse Deb Lamberton provides relief during family members most stressful time. VA Nurse Helps Veterans Families, in Her Free Time
VA nurse Deb Lamberton knows how stressful it is for families during a Veteran's final days so she volunteers on her own time to provide them with stress relieving massages.
Two male veterans, seated, having a conversation.AF Veteran Helping Veterans Out of Addiction
Air Force Veteran Willie DeWayne Raulerson had been drinking for 50 years. But when he finally decided to ask VA for help he found not only sobriety, but a purpose in life.
Dave Miller assists homeless VeteransMarine Veteran is VA's Male Volunteer of the Year
Marine Corps Veteran David Miller has been volunteering at VA for over 25 years and has been named the 2017 National Male Volunteer of the Year. Miller served in Vietnam during the TET II offensive.
An elderly male Veteran in a wheelchair, entering a van.VA Helps Vietnam Veteran Get His Life Back
Dale Herb's life came to a grinding halt about a year ago when he lost the use of his legs and couldn't leave his home. Today, thanks to a little help from the VA, he's completely mobile again.
FC Vincent Savarino, bottom right corner, with members of the 8th Field Artillery, Battery A on a beach in Oahu, Hawaii in 1935Veteran Volunteer to Celebrate 100th Birthday
Woodrow Wilson was President when Veteran Volunteer Vincent Savarino was born. This month he will celebrate birthday number 100 during National Volunteer Week at the Wilkes-Barre VA medical center.
Male patient resting in bed following surgeryWith VA's Help, Waco Veteran Gets a Second Chance
Thirty-year-old Stephen Jacinto survived two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. It was only after he returned home to Waco, Texas, that the Air Force Veteran discovered his own mortality.
Veteran Brandon Myers removes his shoes from a wheelchair he used to harness an exoskeleton walking deviceRobotic Brace for Veterans of Spinal Cord Injury
It's called an Exoskeleton and it uses motion sensors and a computer control system to allow Veterans with spinal cord injuries to stand and take steps, with a little help.
A male wearing a BDU jacket speaking with a male counselor.Can Spiritual Therapy Ease Your PTSD Symptoms?
A researcher associated with the Augusta VA in Georgia is conducting a survey to see if Veterans coping with PTSD might be interested in having spirituality introduced into their therapy.

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