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Local Features

Sign in table at the Lancaster Open HouseWelcome to our House
Well done to the VA Greater Los Angeles staff that took part in the Open House events throughout April and May this year. This marks VAGLAHS first time hosting an open house at the Antelope Valley and East LA clinics.
Veteran Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255Mental Health Awareness
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System wants to educate Veterans, their families and friends on the conditions that surround mental health and how to seek help.
National Center for PTSD logoJune is National PTSD Month
PTSD can happen to anyone. A number of factors can increase the chance that some-one will have PTSD, many of which are not under that person's control. Information and resources are available for Veterans with PTSD.
hands breaking a cigaretteVA Updates Smoke-Free Policy
VA takes a strong position on second hand smoke, which has been implicated in strokes and even death. VA urges Veterans and staff to quit by offering nicotine replacement therapy, and classes for Veterans.
Viacommunity Volunteers BBQ hamburgers and hot dogsParamount Pics throws blockbuster event for Vets
Being so close to Hollywood has its perks. Employees from Paramount Pictures and parent company Viacom volunteered their afternoon to serve up BBQ for greater Los Angeles Veterans.
April 2017 National Occupational Therapy Month graphicCelebrating Occupational Therapists
April is National Occupational Therapy month! During this time we salute the men and women who serve as occupational therapists helping our Veterans live a fuller and more enjoyable life.
Veteran stands with LA Kings mascotOcean Therapy
VAGLAHS, in partnership with the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, took to the waves to help our Veterans cope with mental and physical illness such as traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Guitar playingRock and Roll and the Ear
Loud Music can cause hearing problems, and many musicians and concert-goers have suffered severely. Hearing problems also can be connected to military service, and treatment choices are discussed.
Poisoning; it could happenPoisoning: it could happen to you
Poisoning can happen from simple things like medicines and OTC drugs, or unexpected results from a prescription. Simple kitchen ingredients could also be lethal for your pets.
HUD VASH Social Worker Learn FowlerSocial Workers improve the lives of others
Our wonderful and dedicated VAGLAHS social workers provide support, counseling and information to Veterans and their families. They play a critical role in the overall health and well-being of our Veterans.

From the Veterans Health Administration

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.
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.

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