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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

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.
Nurse Deb Lamberton provides relief during family members most stressful time. VA Nurse Helps Veterans Families, in Her Free Time
VA nurse Deb Lamberton knows how stressful it is for families during a Veteran's final days so she volunteers on her own time to provide them with stress relieving massages.
Two male veterans, seated, having a conversation.AF Veteran Helping Veterans Out of Addiction
Air Force Veteran Willie DeWayne Raulerson had been drinking for 50 years. But when he finally decided to ask VA for help he found not only sobriety, but a purpose in life.
Dave Miller assists homeless VeteransMarine Veteran is VA's Male Volunteer of the Year
Marine Corps Veteran David Miller has been volunteering at VA for over 25 years and has been named the 2017 National Male Volunteer of the Year. Miller served in Vietnam during the TET II offensive.
An elderly male Veteran in a wheelchair, entering a van.VA Helps Vietnam Veteran Get His Life Back
Dale Herb's life came to a grinding halt about a year ago when he lost the use of his legs and couldn't leave his home. Today, thanks to a little help from the VA, he's completely mobile again.
FC Vincent Savarino, bottom right corner, with members of the 8th Field Artillery, Battery A on a beach in Oahu, Hawaii in 1935Veteran Volunteer to Celebrate 100th Birthday
Woodrow Wilson was President when Veteran Volunteer Vincent Savarino was born. This month he will celebrate birthday number 100 during National Volunteer Week at the Wilkes-Barre VA medical center.
Male patient resting in bed following surgeryWith VA's Help, Waco Veteran Gets a Second Chance
Thirty-year-old Stephen Jacinto survived two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. It was only after he returned home to Waco, Texas, that the Air Force Veteran discovered his own mortality.
Veteran Brandon Myers removes his shoes from a wheelchair he used to harness an exoskeleton walking deviceRobotic Brace for Veterans of Spinal Cord Injury
It's called an Exoskeleton and it uses motion sensors and a computer control system to allow Veterans with spinal cord injuries to stand and take steps, with a little help.
A male wearing a BDU jacket speaking with a male counselor.Can Spiritual Therapy Ease Your PTSD Symptoms?
A researcher associated with the Augusta VA in Georgia is conducting a survey to see if Veterans coping with PTSD might be interested in having spirituality introduced into their therapy.

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