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Dr. Ghighliotti and another individual serve food in a remote Puerto Rican townGoing above and beyond for neighbors in need
Instead of taking the weekends off, the staff of this VA clinic have been donating their time and money to serve others. Since Hurricane Maria, they have delivered food and water to remote areas on the weekends.
San Juan VA Cemetery director Juan D. Nieves points to an area of the cemetery flooded by Hurricane Maria Sept. 20. (Department of Veterans Affairs photo by Luis E. Malave)VA cemetery staff sustains service despite damage
Juan D. Nieves slows down the all-terrain vehicle, hops over a curb, and makes a slight turn. His left arm points toward a patch of standing and felled trees... "all of this was flooded," he said.
Ponce OPC Primary Care Physician Dr. Nelly Colon greets Veteran Felix Maldonado in the Western Shelter tent system that is now the Ponce VA Outpatient Clinic.Ponce VA clinic provides tent city medical care
The Ponce, Puerto Rico, Outpatient Clinic is operating out of tents and mobile medical units after Hurricane Maria caused a major mold problem in their facility that will take weeks to clean up.
Dawn Dollarhide, a nurse deployed to Manati, Puerto Rico from the Reno, Nevada, VA Medical Center, checks on a patient at the Federal Medical StationTeaming up to help the community
VA and HHS DMAT personnel are teaming up in Manati, Puerto Rico, to operate a Federal Medical Station providing health care to the community after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.
Nurses Susan Flores from Florida, Geoconda Zuniga from Puerto Rico, and Debbie LaCore from OklahomaDeployed VA employees help local colleagues
Three nurses deployed to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to assist after Hurricane Maria work with their home station communities for donations to help the local colleagues affected by the storm.
Marine Corps Veteran Donald GermannBad situation brings good results
A Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, Veteran is evacuated from his home to the VA Caribbean Healthcare System after Hurricane Maria and finds a possible new treatment for his spinal cord injury.
Veterans wait under a canopy for their turn to see a VA provider at the Mobile Medical Unit that is substituting for the Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Community Based Outpatient Clinic, which was destroyed by Hurricane Maria.Doing what it takes to care for Veterans
A Mobile Medical Unit is helping VA health care staff provide basic care for Veterans after Hurricane Maria destroys the Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Community Based Outpatient Clinic.
Vet Center Outreach Specialists Sandra Medine and George Molina help two Veterans at the Mobile Vet Center in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, before the Arecibo Vet Center reopened its doors.Vet Center comes back from disaster
The Arecibo Vet Center reopened its doors to area Veterans almost a month after Hurricane Maria devastated the island and left staff scrambling to provide services to area Veterans.
Women Veteran Support Group during an excursion to the Castillo San Cristobal on Jul. 27, 2017. (VA Caribbean Healthcare system photo by Joseph Rivera Rebolledo, Public Affairs Office/Public Domain)A special place dedicated to women’s health
“They served, they deserve the best care anywhere. It is everyone’s responsibility to take care of women Veteran,” said Omayra Cruz, physician and women champion advocate in San Juan VA Medical Center.
DialysisAmong the top in providing dialysis to Veterans
A kidney disease can affect your body’s ability to clean your blood and filter excess water out of it, and help control the blood pressure. The most common causes for kidney diseases are diabetes and high blood pressure.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Medical Technologist Dionne Hockett operates the new BioFire Blood Culture Identification system New Blood Culture ID System Improves Care for Vets
VA's Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has a new system that lets doctors find harmful microorganisms in blood samples in just a few hours vs. three days with the old method.
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.

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