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Vietnam Veteran John Wikel salutes as he enters the T.C. Doherty Auditorium underneath a military saber arch for the first virtual honor flight for residents of the Community Living Center at the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center.Virtual honor flight brings Washington to Miami
“When I came back from Vietnam through Seattle, Washington, I was cursed at, spit at and insulted,” said William Kuschick. “The event today was just another one of those tributes that was a long time coming."
Smiling male patient talks with doctorNew Treatments for Hepatitis C Offer Hope
Hepatitis C can cause cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease and liver cancer. Most people don’t have any symptoms. Learn the risk factors and how new treatments offer high cure rates.
Antoine Jr and A'meyah open a gift from Miami VA employees.VA employees “adopt” Veteran families for holidays
The holidays are a time of giving, sharing and continuing traditions. At the Miami VA Healthcare System, VA employees continued a special tradition by “adopting” two Veterans and their families for the holidays.
Air Force Lisa Jeffery smiles while her parrot, Valentina, perches on her head.Veteran survives breast cancer, encourages others
Air Force Veteran Lisa Jeffery is a breast cancer survivor and testimony to the benefits of early detection. She hopes her story will help other women and encourage those battling breast cancer to keep fighting.
Army Veteran Jeffrey Weinstock, left, meets with Dr. Erica Dombrowsky, audiologist, through Clinical Video Telehealth.Telehealth saves Veteran time, travel
“This is truly life-changing, and I couldn’t be more delighted with this experience! We are so grateful.” Read how Telehealth helped Army Veteran Jeffrey Weinstock when it was time to replace his hearing aids.
flu shots available signFree Flu Shots Available for Enrolled Veterans
Flu season will be here soon, which means it's time to think about flu shots. Beginning Sept. 21, the Miami VA Healthcare System will begin offering free flu shots for enrolled Veterans at all its outpatient clinics.
Dr. Panagiota Caralis, Miami VA Women Veterans Program medical director, right, hands a female Veteran a gift bag at the Miami VA's first baby shower.Pregnant Veterans find support at VA baby shower
Navy Veteran Patricia Estivene was feeling overwhelmed. She recently found out she was pregnant but didn’t know how to begin planning for her baby. She found support and peace of mind at Miami VA’s first baby shower.
Navy Veteran Otto Catalan, right, smiles after seeing lights and images for the first time in 19 years, after his bionic eye was activated on Dec. 11, 2015. Miami VA Chief of Ophthalmology Dr. Ninel Gregori smiles as she oversees the activation procedure and sees Catalan’s reactions.Navy Veteran blind for 19 years sees hope again
“It’s been 19 years, and I have been able to see my son. Thank you so much.” With his new "bionic eye," Navy Veteran Otto Catalan saw his teenage son's face for the first time last year.
beach scene with 2016 etched in the sandBe Hurricane Prepared
The 2016 hurricane season is here. Are you ready? Read on for a personal preparedness checklist, medication tips, and if you’re an enrolled Veteran, pharmacy contact information.
Human Hug Project members visited the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center to give free hugs and share military stories.Human Hug Project brings healing hugs to Miami VA
Hugs can help people relieve stress, feel safe and connect with others. There were lots of free hugs and smiles to go around on Thursday when the Human Hug Project visited the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center in Miami.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Lead Yoga Therapist Nancy Schalk.Can Yoga Ease Your PTSD? VA Wants to Find Out
A clinical research psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indiana is exploring the effects Yoga might have on Veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Concert, band playing on the stageVA's National Salute to Veteran Patients
Concerts, Valentines, and a lot of Americans saying Thank You, all part of VA's National Salute to Veteran Patients. Along with a chance for you to learn how you can volunteer to help our heroes.
Image of a Veteran holding a small rock.  A Journey to Vietnam, and Reconciliation
In December 2016 a group of Veterans along with VA providers and academics from around the country met in Vietnam to jointly experience a spiritual pilgrimage to facilitate recovery from the war.
Images of Julian Scadden at the bedside of a dying Veteran. Army Veteran Spends His Days Comforting the Dying
Nine years ago Julian Scadden, a 67-year-old Vietnam-Era Veteran who works as a housekeeper at the Denver VA, found his true calling in life: comforting dying Veterans on the hospital's hospice unit
Image of a group therapy session featuring both men and women.VA Giving Strength to Couples in Crisis
The Baltimore VA's Strength at Home program is designed to help Veterans who are experiencing physical or verbal abuse in their relationships, but don't know how to end the circle of violence.
Writer-Editor Rebekah E. Rickner interviews Veteran Richard BryeHonoring the Voices and Experiences of Veterans
My Life, My Story. A unique VA project that lets Veterans tell their VA care team about their life and careers, who they are as a person and then have their story added to their VA medical record.
Army Veteran boxercisingVeteran loses 30 pounds in VA's MOVE! program
Army Veteran, 65, lost more than 30 pounds and got in shape with VA's MOVE! program - lifting weights and attending fitness classes for cardio three times a week. Also, a little yoga and boxercise.
Image of doctor shaking hands with patientTransgender Vets, the VA, and Respect
Are you a transgender Veteran? The VA provides gender transition counseling, evaluations for hormone therapy, and evaluations for gender transition surgeries, along with a healthy dose of respect.
Dr. Eloise Harman and Army Vietnam Veteran Winston FigueroaDr. Eloise Harman - One of VA's Top Doctors.
Dr. Eloise Harman follows in her parents' footsteps in providing care for America's Veterans. And spends most of her free time volunteering to help others. Meet another one of VA's Top Doctors.
Female soldier burning old uniforms Nearly 100,000 Vets Enrolled in Burn Pit Registry
Veterans who had exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards during deployment are encouraged to join the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. Almost 100,000 Veterans have so far.

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