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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.
Westport Project Manager Bud Cummings (left), GLA Chief of Mental Health Bill Daniels (middle), and Senior Resident Engineer for GLA Rick Peterson (right) in front of Building 209.Construction Project Benefitting Homeless Veterans
Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System officials recently toured the construction site of Building 209, a Therapeutic and Supportive Residence for Veterans. The renovation project reaches the 6-month mark on July 25.
Screen shot of the new designWe have a New Look!
We know that you consider this website our front door. And we want you to feel welcome. Our new look is designed to help you easily and quickly access information with intuitive and easy-to-use navigation.
Charles O. Green - Associate Chief, GLA OutreachVeterans…Get the Healthcare You Deserve
Get enrolled in VA Healthcare! Greater Los Angeles Veterans, take full advantage of the health care benefits you’ve earned. Charles Green, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System’s Associate Chief of outreach can help you understand your health care entitlements.
Left to right (front row): Congressman Henry Waxman, LA City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, VA GLA Director Donna Beiter, VA Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs Joan Mooney and LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky break ground on the Building 209 renovation project.Groundbreaking Benefitting LA Homeless Veterans
VA hosts groundbreaking ceremony at the West LA Medical Center for a project benefitting LA homeless Veterans on Jan. 25. Once renovation is complete, Building 209 will serve as a therapeutic and supportive residence for chronically homeless Veterans.

From the Veterans Health Administration

person grabbing a door handle for entryRehab Veterans volunteer for four-week lock down
Unique approach to rehab. At the Topeka VA, a new voluntary alcohol and drug rehab program called 'Fresh Start' requires patients to commit to 30 days of intense therapy in a locked unit.
US Army Veteran Ron WhitcombVeterans with PTSD Reclaiming Their Lives
VA is working hard every day to help Veterans with PTSD, from World War II generals to Iraqi conflict corporals. Here are links to resources and courageous stories from Veterans who have been there.
jogger's feet on a natural running pathThese Veterans lost a LOT of weight. You can too!
Hundreds of Veterans of all ages — and shapes — are losing weight every day with VA's MOVE! program and now there's an app to help you join this happy, healthy group. Check it out!
physician reviewing health information with a patientYou Can Make the Most of Your Whole Health
It's not about what's the matter with you. It's about what matters most to you. There's a link to a form in this story that could help you enhance your overall well-being by focusing on these factors.
veteran using assistive technologyChange Your Mind about Brain Injury
VA's Polytrauma System of Care, a network of over 100 programs, provides world-class rehabilitation services for Veterans and helps them transition back to their homes and families.
surgical suite featuring nurse and surgeon with a patientVA and DoD Meet for Patient Safety Awareness Week
During Patient Safety Awareness Week, doctors, nurses and clinicians from VA and DoD will be 'United in Safety' as they discuss and analyze ways to make your hospital experience safer.
Veteran Brian Pettyjohn working with a horseYou can have MS but MS does not have you
You can have Multiple Sclerosis with limited mobility and still have passion for the causes that are meaningful to you. Read this story about Army Veteran Brian Pettyjohn who does just that.
Civil War era soldier's hospital Roots of VA Health Care Started 150 Years Ago
On March 3, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed a law establishing a national soldiers and sailors asylum. Today's VA evolved from that facility established for Civil War Veterans of the Union Army.
Veteran participating in physical therapy81-Year-Old Veteran Chooses Rehab Over Surgery
Korean War Veteran Victor Ferentino, 81, was a runner for 60 years. After a spill in Manhattan he did his research and chose rehab at his VA Physical Therapy clinic over surgery.
A Veteran wearing the medal of honor stands between a man and a womanA Veteran Who Was on Iwo Jima 70 Years Ago Today
This week is the 70th anniversary of the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima. "Woody" Williams, 91, was there and received the Medal of Honor for his courageous action on that memorable day.

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