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Local Features

Two Navy crew members visit with VA patient.New USS Little Rock Crew visits Veteran Patients
Ten Sailors arrived at the Buffalo and Batavia VA's and visited with patients as part of several days of crew and community celebrations, public relations tours, and receptions for commissioning the new USS Little Rock.
Veteran receiving a turkey from a volunteer.Holidays Bring Special Cheer
The holiday season in Western New York kicked off in late October for Veterans at VA Western New York Healthcare System (VA WNYHS). VA Police held their 2nd Annual Veterans Halloween Party at the Batavia VA NCO Club.
Two VA Western New York Health Care System women employees who volunteered.Hurricane Maria Relief Effort Brings VA Volunteers
In mid-September, 2017, VA Western New York Healthcare System staff members stepped forward to volunteer their time, energy, and compassion to help the people in Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria's devastation.
Veteran dancing with a woman.Special Occasion for Special People
The Annual Dinner Dance, a Recreation Therapy activity, was held Wednesday evening for Veterans who reside in the Community Living Center Lodges, and has been taking place for the last 12 years.
Male doctor in white coat speakingMental Health Summit Highlights Opioid Epidemic
This year’s VA mental health summit focused on bringing together stakeholders from the public health community with the goal of enhancing access to mental health services for Veterans and their families.
Woman on the phone.#Be There
We can all play a role in preventing suicide, but many people don't know what they can do to support the Veteran or Servicemember in their life. A simple act of kindness can help someone feel less alone.
Four women recieving awards - Dr. Michelle Ding, Chief, Radiology, Danielle Bergman, Assistant Medical Center Director, Joyelle Hackett,-Equal Employment Opportunity Manager, and Susan Gage, Financial Manager.Women Empowering Women
Women Empowering Women was the theme for the Federal Women’s Program Equality Day program on August 18 at VA Western New York Healthcare System. Women who work at VA shared their experiences that led to their success.
VA staff assisting Veterans at Stand DownBuffalo Veterans Stand Down Sets Records
Bigger and better each year, Buffalo has made its mark with the 2017 Stand Down. The momentum of over 17 years of holding Stand Down events and adapting to current needs of Veterans, are key components to the success.
photo of Kristen WeeseVA Award Given for Sevice to Homeless Veterans
Kristen Weese, Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program Manager, was selected in June for the Veterans Affairs Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Service for Homeless Veterans.
Photo of metal art workVeterans Artwork Winners Showcased
A superb visual art display of Veterans works featuring first place winners in 51 categories including pastels, oil and carving to compete in the 2017 National Creative Arts Festival in Buffalo, October 23-30.

From the Veterans Health Administration

National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.
Women Veterans on the lake in canoesWomen Veterans: Retreat Healthy and Healing
Women Veterans attend Healing in Nature Retreat which promotes whole health and wellness to help women Veterans explore personal wellness goals. “My best six days since coming home.”

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