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Durham VA MICU earns national award for excellenceDurham VA MICU Earns Beacon Award for Excellence
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recently awarded a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence to Durham VA Health Care System's MICU. The award marks a milestone on the path to exceptional patient care.
NC STRIVE ProgramNCSU student aims to make colleges Veteran centric
At NCSU, the 600 or so former military men and women can easily blend in with the 30,000 students crisscrossing the Raleigh campus. However, their needs are unique. That’s where a program called NC STRIVE come in.
Secretary Shulkin visits DurhamSecretary Shulkin visits Durham VA
Secretary of Veterans Affairs, David J. Shulkin, visited the Durham VA April 28 to highlight the progress made for Veterans during President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office.
Durham VA Veteran receives wish of meeting Florida State University's women's basketball teamVeteran flies high with FSU women athletes
Last month, Durham VA hospice patient Frances “Frankie” Holland, received her final wish of meeting with the FSU women's basketball team. Holland is a Woman’s Army Corps Veteran who served during the Vietnam War era.
U.S. Navy Veteran Peter Johnson receives acupuncture to help relieve chronic headaches caused by massive head and eye injuries he received while serving in Vietnam.Veteran finds relief from pain with acupuncture
America is in a troubling era of opioid use. For decades, Peter Johnson, a U.S. Navy Veteran from Edenton, N.C., was caught up in the middle of that trouble, but he says no more thanks to an effort by the Durham VA.
Dress for Success career coach Betty Turner (far right) and VA Peer Support Specialist Iretha Alston assist Takisha Littles (far left) in updating her resume to accurately reflect her professional accomplishments and capture the attention of potential employers.Peer Support Provides Veteran with Hope
Durham VA Health Care System's peer support program partners with local community organization for women to provide U.S. Navy Veteran with the resources to jump start her job search.
Durham VAMC volunteer Alan Makhoul visits with Army Veteran Joe Bradford in Durham’s Hero’s Way Hospice Unit.Reflections of a Durham VA Hospice Volunteer
I write this letter to personally thank all of the great men and women, employees and volunteers, of the Durham Veteran Affairs Hospital. My experience with the Durham VA has been nothing short of life-altering.
white certificate awardDurham VA Earns Top Honors
Durham VA Medical Center Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ as Recognition Comes from The Joint Commission. Excellence in Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Surgical Care were recognized.
Dr. Eagerton standing in classroom presenting to NursesTaking Care of Older Veterans to the Next Level
Taking Care of Older Veterans to the Next Level... Introducing the Elder Care in Hospital (ECHo) Program. Durham VAMC teamed up with Duke University Health System to put care for older Veterans at the forfront.
Mary in blue short on the left teaching CPR to 2 nursesSecond Shot at Life
It’s the stuff of novels and movie scripts. Most of us don’t wake up each day thinking it might be our last, or that we’ll get another shot at life. But then again, let's talk to Mary Holtschneider.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Wheelchair basketball gameVeterans Compete in National Wheelchair Games
For Veterans with physical disabilities, the National Wheelchair Games help Veterans become aware of their abilities and potential. And there is a great spirit of healthy activity and camaraderie.
A member of the VA Central California Health Care Systems Hepatitis C Clinic approaches a      homeless persons tent in Fresno, Calif. Getting homeless Veterans tested for Hepatitis C
Jennifer Siilata is a VA clinical pharmacist and she knows how dangerous the Hep C virus is if left untreated. She knows it is curable. Her goal? Find high-risk homeless Veterans and get them tested.
Golden Triangle Performance Ensemble entertains Pittsburgh Veterans after parade around campusPittsburgh Veterans Celebrate the Fourth of July
Independence Day parade at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center honors Veterans living in the Community Living Center. Third year for performers who call it the “highlight of their year.”
Illustration of back musclesVeterans with Back Pain Have Treatment Options
In a survey of more than 3,500 back pain sufferers, 80% said that yoga, tai chi, massage therapy or a chiropractor helped them. Those options can help as much as surgery or drugs, with fewer risks.
Doca Merdjanoska, surgical department nurse at the VA Central California HealthFresno VA Medical Center's Nurse of the Year
Meet Doca Merdjanoska from Macedonia, one of VA's top nurses. Our continuing series of outstanding VA employees features a surgical department nurse at the Fresno VA Medical Center.
Putting sunblock on your skinVeterans: Protect Your Skin and Your Hearing
Veterans: Do you know the difference in Ultraviolet B and Ultraviolet A sun's rays? And what is a safe decibel (dB) level of noise? Here are a few quick handy answers just in time for summer.
Portrait of the Graves family.A Veteran's Final Hours at a VA Hospital
Carol Graves, wife of Army Veteran C.A. Graves, said her 76-year-old husband received the utmost respect and kindness during the last few days of his life at the VA hospital in Shreveport, La.
People KayakingVA and Healing Powers of Nature Rescue Vet
When the transition to civilian life left an Air Force Veteran in a dark place, he turned to VA and nature for help. There is so much healing that goes on when you are alone surrounded by nature.
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.

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