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Reno Gazette-Journal, (Reno, Nevada), Sept. 16: Gov. Sisolak, VA official praise Reno's VA hospital for pandemic response, mental health care
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Deputy Secretary of Veteran Affairs Donald Remy toured Reno's VA Sierra Health Care System Wednesday morning. Sisolak praised the health center's staff for providing thousands of COVID-19 vaccinations to patients and for providing mental health care to Veterans.
WSB ABC-2, (Mishawaka, Indiana), Sept. 16: Bike program helping veterans stay physically active
Veterans that want to stay active but have chronic pain have been trying to figure out a way to maintain their activity without worsening their pain. Now, with the help of the Veterans Affairs Clinic, they can. The goal at the St. Joseph County VA Clinic is to lend a hand to Veterans. Or maybe a pair of wheels.
Montgomery Community Media, (Washington, D.C.), Sept. 15: National leaders tour Gaithersburg Outpatient Clinic, discuss mental health issues
The U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough joined U.S. Rep. David Trone (D-District 6) and U.S. Sen. Chris Van Vollen (D-Md.) for a tour of Montgomery County Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Gaithersburg. The leaders had a roundtable discussion focusing on Veteran mental health issues such as suicide prevention and substance abuse.
KRQE CBS-13, (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Sept. 15: Albuquerque VA hiring staff to assist in processing new claims
The Albuquerque Veterans Affairs office is hiring staff to help expedite its claims process. Officials say they are seeing a surge of new claims stemming from recent policy changes. The VA recently added conditions related to toxic exposure that could have affected military members deployed to places like Afghanistan and Syria. The new positions will help process both existing and new VA benefits claims.
FedScoop, Sept. 14: The VA is looking to 5G to enable ‘X-ray vision’ for doctors
As the Department of Veterans Affairs expands its use of 5G wireless technology in its medical centers across the nation, the enhanced network infrastructure could soon support physicians going into an operation with “X-ray vision.” The VA has put 5G-enabled augmented reality to use for more than a year now under what it calls Project Convergence to give doctors the ability to look at and manipulate large imaging files, like MRIs or CT scans.
People Magazine, (New Orleans, Louisiana), Sept. 13: Oldest Living WWII Veteran Celebrates His 112th Birthday with Drive-By Party in New Orleans
The nation's oldest living WWII veteran is celebrating another milestone birthday. Lawrence Brooks turned 112 on Sunday, marking the happy occasion with a drive-by party outside his New Orleans home. He was drafted into the Army in 1940 and was honorably discharged the following November, according to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
KPAX CBS-8, (Missoula, Montana), Sept. 12 : 19th annual Never Forget Service held in Missoula
Saturday evening the 19th annual Never Forget Service was held in Missoula at Rose Memorial Garden Park. The Missoula Vet Center was at the event to provide information to the Veterans in attendance. "It's twofold mission. It is Suicide Prevention Week, as well as we're honoring those for 9/11. And so we're just out here today trying to connect with Veterans and make sure that they know about resources, how to get connected and, you know, really just be there for them where they're at," Anton Johnson, Missoula Vet Center Veterans Outreach Program Specialist, told MTN News.
Pike County News Watchman, (Chillicothe, Ohio), Sept. 10: Chillicothe VA celebrates Kinesiotherapy week
The Kinesiotherapy department at The Chillicothe VAMC consists of a four-member team. With the motto of “Improvement Through Movement”, Melanie Maglott and her team, Theresa Cioppa, Laurel Lunsford and Jalecia Vaughn provide a wide variety of treatments, consisting of therapeutic exercises and interventions, amputee care, prosthetic and orthotic care, electric mobility evaluations, aquatic therapy, yoga, and fall prevention.
The New York Times, Sept. 10: Agencies That Required Vaccines Before Biden’s Push See Early Success
At the Department of Veterans Affairs, which issued a vaccine mandate for its 115,000 frontline health care workers seven weeks ago, 82 percent of those employees are now fully vaccinated, up from 77 percent, and the number of shots it has given to all of its workers has more than doubled since early July, said Terrence Hayes, a spokesman for the department.
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