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VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System
- Spring and Summer Outreach Schedule Announced
- Veterans in central and western Massachusetts have several upcoming opportunities this spring and summer to enroll in VA health care and get information about VA programs during public outreach events.
- Strive for a healthy weight
- Want to get in shape for the summer? Veterans enrolled in VA health care can register for MOVE!, a national weight management program designed to help Veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health.
- Women in Science and Technology
- Join us for our celebrationof Women's History Month as we recognize women who have made significant contributions in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
- Eat right, your way, every day
- Nutrition professionals, known as Registered Dietitians, or RDs, are food and nutrition experts, translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
- Flu season in full force
- This year's flu is the worse in years. It's not too late to get the flu shot. It's the best way to protect you and your family from influenza is to get a flu shot.
- Don't Give Up On Quitting
- No matter how long you’ve been smoking or trying to quit, you can be smoke-free. Quitting smoking is a challenge, but it is also the single most important thing that you can do to improve your health.
- Stand Down stands up for our veterans
- The Western Massachusetts Stand Down was held in September to help as many of the estimated 3,000 homeless veterans in our region and to prevent veterans believed to be at risk of homelessness from being without a place to live.
- Big VA outreach planned for The Big E, Springfield Clinic
- New England Veterans have two upcoming opportunities to enroll in VA health care and get information about VA programs during two public outreach events in September, including Military Appreciation Day on the opening day of The Big E on Friday, Sept. 14.
- New Site for Guide to Long Term Care
- Each and every program provides services tailored to the specific needs of Veterans. The new Guide also offers tools for you to plan ahead and involve your family member or support person, social worker and care team in making plans and decisions that are best for you.
- TBI Veterans to Host Adaptive Sports Seminar
- A seminar about adaptive sports will be held July 10 at the Northampton VA medical center campus in Leeds, followed by a presentation at nearby Look Park on rebumbent bikes, hand cycles and trikes.
From the Veterans Health Administration
- You can have MS but MS does not have you
- You can have Multiple Sclerosis with limited mobility and still have passion for the causes that are meaningful to you. Read this story about Army Veteran Brian Pettyjohn who does just that.
- Roots of VA Health Care Started 150 Years Ago
- On March 3, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed a law establishing a national soldiers and sailors asylum. Today's VA evolved from that facility established for Civil War Veterans of the Union Army.
- 81-Year-Old Veteran Chooses Rehab Over Surgery
- Korean War Veteran Victor Ferentino, 81, was a runner for 60 years. After a spill in Manhattan he did his research and chose rehab at his VA Physical Therapy clinic over surgery.
- A Veteran Who Was on Iwo Jima 70 Years Ago Today
- This week is the 70th anniversary of the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima. "Woody" Williams, 91, was there and received the Medal of Honor for his courageous action on that memorable day.
- VA's Veterans Crisis Line Saves Lives Every Day
- We've answered more than a million-and-a-half calls from Veterans in crisis. And helped with 45,000 rescues. The Veterans Crisis Line helps prevent suicides by providing immediate crisis intervention.
- List of Presidents who were Veterans
- Do you know how many of our Presidents served in the military? As we celebrate President's Day, here is a list of Presidents who are Veterans. From George Washington to George Bush.
- American Sniper Highlights Veterans' Readjustments
- The recent box-office hit American Sniper sheds light on how difficult the transition to civilian life can be. VA has in-person, online and telephone-based services that can help.
- A Day of Caring and Sharing with America's Veteran
- At VA medical centers across the country, thousands of Americans will express their Valentine's wishes of love and gratitude to Veteran patients during VA's annual National Salute to Veteran Patients.
- She Knew Something was Wrong with Her Heart
- VA is joining the American Heart Association to fight heart disease in women Veterans. Here's the story of one woman Veteran who received life-saving treatment at a VA Medical Center.
- Veterans: Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?
- Did they pick February to be Heart Month because of Valentine's Day and all those heart shapes? Whatever. It's a great time to remind Veterans of the everyday things you can do to stay heart healthy.