This Week at the VA

"This Week at VA" is a digital newsletter with top news and stories from across the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs



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TOP PHOTO: Native American Veterans participate in the 14th Annual Native American Gourd Dance at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Gourd Dance, also known as the “The Warriors Dance,” is believed to originate with the Kiowa or the Comanche tribes. It symbolizes the story of warriors that come together as one to honor those who have served our great country.This time-honored tradition has become part of the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS). Photo by Salah Ahmed


TOP STORIES                                            

A major milestone for VA’s electronic health record solution 

EHR migration

VA's electronic health record successfully transferred 23.5 million health records to a shared data center with the Department of Defense (DoD). This accomplishment sets the stage for the “go-live” of VA’s EHR solution next year. READ MORE

Veterans motivated to move

Motivation to Move, an exercise program offered at the Community Living Center at West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, helps older Veterans gain strength, flexibility and stability. 



Veterans exercise program

3D technology expedites Veterans’ dental care

VA is using 3D technology to create guides for dental implant placement and medical models that aid in surgical planning.



3D Printing

Borne the Battle 

BTB 155

Gary Profit first shared his story on Borne the Battle back in Episode #43. In this week’s Borne The Battle episode, the Army Veteran and Senior Director of Military Programs at Walmart gives us an update on the company's hiring initiatives. He also discusses the Walmart Foundation's $1 million donation to Hire Heroes USA.

Listen to the entire episode here: Borne the Battle #155

Veterans ride their way to recovery

Veterans at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System learn new ways of coping with anxiety and stress through observing and interacting with horses in Equine Assisted Learning Workshops. 



Veterans ride to recovery


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Accepting applications until July 31. 



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