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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.
VAGLAHS Veteran Richard Pineda, proudly holds his catch during a deep sea fishing trip.Fish on!
Deep sea fishing for this special group of Veterans is not always about catching the big one. The sport can have a lasting impact on their mental health and physical well-being.
Eye exam instrument next to eyeGlaucoma - Be on the Lookout
Glaucoma can be stopped, if caught early. Getting an annual eye exam is a good way to detect it early and start treatment. Other factors can place you at risk, and should be tackled right away.
Veterans prepare to receive new clothing items.Vets shop for new clothes without paying a dime!
Over 17,000 pieces of new apparel including slacks, pants, dress shirts, sweaters, jackets, dresses, skirts and cardigans distributed to local Veterans at VA West Los Angeles Medical Center.
Table with Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles seal.Los Angeles Surge to End Veteran Homelessness
VA engages Landlords and Property Managers to help end Veteran Homelessness in Los Angeles.
Wear Red Day BalloonsWear Red Day
Wear Red Day - Commit to Health! Preventing a heart attack can be as simple as eating right, exercising, and not smoking. Find out more at the Wear Red Day events at the PERCs at Downtown and Sepulveda.

From the Veterans Health Administration

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.
Surgeons looking at x-rays of patientImportant Office that Most People Have Never Heard
VA's National Center for Patient Safety is dedicated to preventing inadvertent harm or injury to Veteran patients. It's the engine under the hood that keeps things running smoothly and safely.
Fruit and Vegetable bowl Ten Ways to Eat Wisely - A Focus on Nutrition
VA encourages Veterans to focus on healthful eating. You don't need to change the way you eat overnight. Take your time, make small smart changes in your diet and you'll feel better and be healthier.
VAMC Director Isaacks visits with Veteran patientMarine Continues to Serve by Serving Veterans
David Isaacks served in the Marine Corps from 1998 to 2005. Today he continues to serve his country by serving Veterans as director of the Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Mo.
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.

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