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Resources for Veterans with Parkinson’s Disease
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Resources for Veterans with Parkinson’s Disease

April is Parkinson’s Disease (PD) Awareness Month. Parkinson’s Disease is a service-connected diagnosis related to Agent Orange and Camp Lejeune. A Veteran with PD can be seen by a neurologist, a geriatric psychiatrist, a geriatrics fellow, a neuro-pharmacist and a nurse coordinator all in one clinic visit. The VA Parkinson’s Disease Research Education & Clinical...

Joseph Demler: The Human Skeleton of World War II
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Joseph Demler: The Human Skeleton of World War II

Joseph G. Demler graduated from high school in June 1944. Ten days later, he received a draft letter to serve in the U.S. Army. With few options, the 18-year old packed his belongings and headed to Camp Blanding, Florida, for 17 weeks of basic training. After completing his training, Demler went to Camp Shanks, New...

Veterans unable to work due to service-connected disability can qualify for independent living assistance
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Veterans unable to work due to service-connected disability can qualify for independent living assistance

Eligible Veterans can qualify for independent living services through the Independent Living track through VA’s Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) benefit program. While the VR&E program offers other services, the Independent Living track is specifically designed to help Veterans and service members who are unable to work due to a service-connected disability, as well as...

Virtual Veterans Experience Action Centers (V-VEACs) help thousands veterans
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Virtual Veterans Experience Action Centers (V-VEACs) help thousands veterans

Virtual Veterans Experience Action Centers, or V-VEACs, continue to improve outcomes for Veterans, family members, caregivers and survivors across the nation. The program was established to proactively assist Veterans in a selected state with a one-stop resource for all their needs. The V-VEAC brings together VA benefits, healthcare and other resources in partnership with state...

The magic that therapy dogs bring to Veterans
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The magic that therapy dogs bring to Veterans

Beginning in 2013, my therapy partner, Wilson, and I began volunteering at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. We were fortunate to get this opportunity through Pet Partners, and I am doubly fortunate because I, too, am a Veteran, having served 20 years in the U.S. Army. We were assigned to the polytrauma unit where we have had...

The American Legion launches virtual fitness event to support disabled veterans and military families
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The American Legion launches virtual fitness event to support disabled veterans and military families

NDIANAPOLIS, April 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford this morning kicked off the organization’s second annual 100 Miles for Hope, a virtual fitness event with proceeds going to help disabled veterans and military families in need of assistance. “The first 100 Miles for Hope exceeded expectations in every way, getting American...

VA seeks medical assistants, technologists to support Veteran care
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VA seeks medical assistants, technologists to support Veteran care

Not every professional who works at VA directly provides patient care. VA’s medical support staff is equally critical to helping millions of Veterans across the country receive the care they need to lead healthy lives. Two of these key positions are medical support assistants and medical technologists. We’re spotlighting the important work of these professionals...

Iraq Veteran competing virtually in Winter Clinic
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Iraq Veteran competing virtually in Winter Clinic

Although understandably disappointed that the Annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic won’t take place on snow-capped Aspen mountain, Seth Cole (pictured above) is looking forward to the At Home event and seeing his adaptive sports friends virtually. Cole, an Army Veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury in Iraq after a grenade blast in...

Partnership assists Veterans with Parkinson’s disease
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Partnership assists Veterans with Parkinson’s disease

Lou Graul Eisenbrandt was one of only 13 women aboard her Army-chartered flight to Chu Lai, Vietnam, in 1969. She, like many service members, had a limited understanding of the war as she deployed overseas (pictured above). She quickly learned why they were needed, once arriving on the ground. The registered nurse worked at the...

VICTORS: Caring for Veterans with significant visual impairment
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VICTORS: Caring for Veterans with significant visual impairment

The Visual Impairment Center to Optimize Remaining Sight (VICTORS) concept was developed by VA Directors of Optometry, Blind Rehabilitation and Social Work Services to complement existing inpatient Blind Rehabilitation Centers (BRCs). The BRCs care for Veterans with significant visual impairment (20/70 to 20/200 or worse visual acuity and/or significant visual field loss). Dr. Kataria Chanpreet...

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