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The Success of Recreation Therapy for Veterans

24 Feb, 2016 no comments Health
The Success of Recreation Therapy for Veterans

We’ve been at this for 150 years! February is Recreation Therapy Month, a time set aside to recognize the importance of Recreation Therapy in the overall improvement of health and wellness for millions of Veterans nationwide. And it’s been around a while. Check out this article by VHA Historian Darlene Richardson: Recreational facilities and leisure activities have been important elements of Veterans’ health care for nearly 150 years—ever since the first Federal Veterans facilities were established after the Civil War. By 1875, four branches of the National Home for Disabled…

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Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

24 Feb, 2016 no comments News
Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.. It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much of the information as you can put together. Below is an overview of how to put together a great #VeteranOfTheDay package. Pictures: Everyone loves pictures, so the more and…

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Tips for a successful job search

23 Feb, 2016 no comments News
Tips for a successful job search

As a VHA employee– and one of our newest staff– Humza Khan has firsthand experience as both a job interviewer and an interviewee. Humza was a college senior majoring in marketing in the summer of 2015, planning to graduate this May. He had internships with the Defense Commissary Agency and Northwestern Mutual and was considering a few others going into graduation. He was after something that would allow him to apply his degree, enhance his resume and help him transition into a full-time career in a meaningful position. Humza found…

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Progress on Veterans Crisis Line improvements already underway

23 Feb, 2016 no comments News

The VA Office of Inspector General’s February 11, 2016 report on the Veteran’s Crisis Line reflects issues found there as of the end of December 2014.  It is important for Veterans and our key stakeholders to know that VA undertook actions to strengthen Veterans Crisis Line operations long before publication of the inspector general report. The goal is to make the Veterans Crisis Line nothing short of a world class crisis response center. Before outlining these actions, I want to reiterate that the Veterans Crisis Line in Canandaigua is staffed…

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Going beyond the numbers to better serve Veterans who are homeless

12 Feb, 2016 no comments Health
Going beyond the numbers to better serve Veterans who are homeless

As a doctor, I learned that data on a chart or in a report could only tell me so much about my patients. Talking with them face-to-face is how I got beyond the numbers, and grasped the true status of their health and well-being. Now, as VA Under Secretary for Health, I take a similar approach with the Veterans that VA cares for and serves, including those who are homeless. That’s why I’m heading out tonight with VA leaders, staff and community volunteers for the 2016 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count: To…

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