Providing health care to America’s Veterans

This week: PTSD resources, robotic pets, share what you can do now that you’re vaccinated, and VA resources for LGBT Veterans

Providing health care to America’s Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is home to America's largest integrated health care system, serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year. Join your fellow Veterans. Here are some of their stories.

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How hearing other men tell their stories helped Navy Veteran

After Michael Corso joined the Navy, he gained confidence in himself through his job, and also socially. But when a friendship went terribly wrong, it changed him forever. Corso eventually turned to VA, and he was diagnosed with PTSD and entered into an MST program. “Hearing other men tell their stories helped me understand that it was okay for me to start talking about it and get the right treatment,” he said.

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Robotic pets provide comfort for hospital residents

Seventy years ago on the infamous Heartbreak Ridge in Korea, Myron Harold couldn’t have imagined a future where furry robots would provide comfort and healing for elderly Veterans. 

Now, Harold is 90 and lives in the Community Living Center of the Salem VA Health Care System’s Medical Center in Virginia. He sits in a hallway, smiling and petting a small, golden-furred "puppy." The dog is a robot named Peaches. It was one of several robotic cats and dogs given to the Salem VA in 2020 as a first-of-its-kind program through the American Red Cross. 

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Veterans: Share what you can do now that you’re vaccinated!

So you’re a Veteran, family member or caregiver and you’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Congratulations!

There are so many things that so many of us haven’t been able to do in the last year and a half because of this virus. Now that you’re vaccinated, how has your life changed as a result? Where can you go? Who can you visit?

We invite you to share it on your social media channels using the hashtag #NowICanSafely. Be sure to tag @VeteransHealth when you do!

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LGBT Veterans describe VA care, provide advice for others

Navy Veteran Marilu Fanning and Army Veteran Dylan Liebhart have followed different journeys through life. Different upbringings, generations and military services. Yet, the two share a passion for helping fellow Veterans receive the care they’ve earned. They have advice for fellow LGBT and Related Identities Veterans.

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