This Week at the VA

Flu Shot

TOP PHOTO: VA Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration/Operations, Security, and Preparedness, Daniel R. Sitterly, gets his flu shot while visiting Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Photo by Jeff Bowen.

Click here to learn more about no-cost flu shot options for Veterans




VIDEO: President's Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End the National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS)

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie was joined by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen to discuss VA's efforts to prevent Veteran suicide. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Summer Sports Clinic

Beyond fun and games, there’s real healing at Summer Sports

The National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic is one of six, major national events held throughout the year to address the needs of all Veterans recovering from post-traumatic stress, as well as amputations, blindness, paralysis, mobility issues and more. READ MORE

VA releases Survivors Quick Start Guide

Part of VA’s Welcome Kit, this guide will help families identify VA Survivor benefits they may be eligible for after a Veteran loved one has passed. READ MORE



VA employees

VA staff’s instant action prevents a Veteran suicide

A Veteran told a staff member about his plans to end his life. They immediately contacted his treatment team, who provided treatment and saved his life. READ MORE

Borne the Battle 

BTB 164

This week’s Borne the Battle episode features Mike Fisher, the Chief Readjustment Counseling Officer for VA’s Health Administration, who discusses some of the unique and generous benefits that Vet Centers offer.

Listen to the entire episode here: Borne the Battle #164


Clearing the cholesterol confusion

Your VA dietitian can help you with lifestyle changes to lower your cholesterol and your risk for heart disease, and can really help clear the confusion. READ MORE


flu shots


Free flu shots for Veterans at your local Walgreens

During flu season, protecting your health with a flu shot is easier than ever — and as close as your local VA or neighborhood Walgreens! VA and Walgreens care about your health and are partnering to offer enrolled Veteran patients easy access to flu shots.



Every September, Suicide Prevention Month gives individuals and communities across the country an opportunity to reflect on the ways we can all prevent suicide, including among Veterans.

You don’t need special training to help prevent suicide, and even simple actions of support can make a real difference to a Veteran going through a difficult time. For instance, asking how a Veteran is doing — and listening — shows you care.

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?

Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.

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