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Elijah and Max Potruch.Socks and Briefs
Two local boys, Elijah and Max Potruch, support homeless Veterans in the greater Los Angeles area in honor of the late U.S. Army WWII Veteran Bea Abrams Cohen.
Jamie crochets little blankets for Veteran patients.Caring through Crocheting
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) employee Jamie Kendrick uses her love of crochet to provide personalized and patient centered heath care to fellow Veterans.
Map of the VA WLA campusVA Selects Urban Planner for West LA Campus
VA selects urban planner to help develop new Master Plan for the West Los Angeles campus. HOK/Walsh/Core Team to lead strategic planning and development to best serve Veterans.
Dr. Yvette TacheAnd the Middleton Award goes to…
The year 1962 was the last year a female researcher received the prestigious William S. Middleton Award (Middleton Award). What’s even more noteworthy, that female researcher is from “GLA”.
Dr. Raj BatraShould we change the way we think about cancer?
It's been 44 years since the U.S. government declared war on cancer. Is it time for a new weapon—namely, a "cluster bomb?" Dr. Batra is advocating an approach based on recognizing the diversity within individual tumors.
– Jim Belushi and The Sacred Hearts Band performs live in front Veterans attending the Veteran’s Holiday Celebrations on Dec. 7th at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, West Los Angeles Medical Center Campus.Veterans Holiday Celebrations at WLA
4,000 Vets Enjoy a Holiday Celebration with plenty of food, appreciation and special entertainment performance by Jim Belushi and The Sacred Hearts Band.
Flu Vaccines Now Available!Flu Vaccines Now Available!
Veterans and Staff can now receive their annual flu vaccination. Walk-ins available from 8am – 4pm, Monday through Friday at all VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System facilities.
A part of the Santa Maria clinic build out.Expanding Access to Healthcare for Santa Maria Vet
The Santa Maria Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) will be expanding their clinic with a 3500-square-foot addition that is dedicated to caring for homeless Veterans in the Santa Maria area.
Toothbrush in front of smiling mouth.VA Dental Insurance Program - VADIP
Veterans enrolled in VA health care and CHAMPVA beneficiaries have the opportunity to purchase dental insurance coverage at a reduced cost through Delta Dental and MetLife.
Mark McGrath from Surgar RayFree BBQ and Concert
Veterans, Military Members and Families are invited to a FREE Texas Style BBQ and concert featuring Sugar Ray on Nov. 9, at the Wadsworth Theatre at the West Los Angeles Medical Center.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Happy HolidaysReligious Exercise and Expression in VA Facilities
VA appreciates religious groups and other organizations that wish to celebrate the holidays with our Veterans. Here are the guidelines to help you observe the season with our patients and residents.
Man in a wheelchair with a woman standing to his sideHonoring Family and Friends Who Care for Veterans
Respite care provides a break for a Veteran's regular caregiver, and VA offers professional respite care to caregivers. Eligible Veterans may be eligible to receive 30 days of respite care per year.
Major Anthony SmithOne Story of Millions Who Have Borne the Battle
From a body bag to a black belt. After being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, Anthony Smith was presumed dead and placed in a body bag. Today, after 100 surgeries, he has a martial arts black belt.
A woman with a stethoscope reviews a paper with an older man holding a canePlanning for Getting Older: Is it Ever Too Early?
Over half of America's Veterans are over 65. It's estimated 70% of them will eventually need long term care. Have you and your family made any plans? Here's what one Veteran did ... and you can too.
Two men and two women chopping vegetables around a kitchen counterVA Gourmet - Teaching Vets How to Cook Healthy
At the Fargo VA in North Dakota, a team of dietitians is dedicated to teaching Veterans how to prepare quick, easy meals that are nutritious and healthy (and taste good too).
A tall, cylindrical machine stands in the center of a hospital room and emits blue light Milwaukee VA Medical Center Zaps Germs with Robots
Milwaukee VA Medical Center protects the health and safety of Veteran patients with new robots that kill numerous micro-organisms in about 15 minutes. It scrambles the DNA of bacteria.
Detail of a painting featuring military boots and high heelsCreative Arts Festival 2015
Over 100 Veterans are gathering in North Carolina this week for VA's national annual Creative Arts Festival. It's music, painting, dancing, sculpture ... and it's therapeutic.
A woman sits on a bed while readingHomeless Alabama Veteran Home at Last
Army Veteran April Rencher didn't plan on becoming homeless. But after watching her world fall apart, she's now building a new life for herself with a little help from her friends at the Tuscaloosa VA.
A woman in a lab coat shows a patient two computer monitors displaying mammogram imagesBreast Cancer: The Importance of Mammograms
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, but early detection saves lives, which is why mammograms are so important. VA's 3D technology is improving cancer detection rates.
An audiologist installs a hearing aid for a Veteran patientVeterans! Hard of hearing? VA can help.
Whether from high noise in military operations or during training, hearing loss and tinnitus account for the two most prevalent service-connected disabilities among Veterans. Many do not realize it until too late.

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