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This week: brain stimulation treatment, Million Veteran Program, post-COVID life resources and why i get my are from VA


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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Veterans with chronic headaches: here's a chance to help others!

VA researchers have been experimenting with brain stimulation to treat Veterans with brain injuries or mental health conditions such as PTSD. The therapies, most of which are non-invasive, involve activating or calming areas of the brain with electrical, magnetic, or light stimulation.

At VA San Diego, Dr. Albert Leung is leading a trial of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation to treat persistent headaches. Such headaches are often seen in military personnel with concussions. Leung and his team are now recruiting active and retired military personnel who are experiencing chronic persistent headaches from mild TBI. 

Veterans interested in participating in Leung’s research can contact the study team at 858-210-8908. 

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Women Veterans – we need your help

In honor of Women Veteran’s Day this June, the women of the Million Veteran Program (MVP) invite you to join them in the program. MVP is a national research program to learn how genes, lifestyle and military exposures affect health and illness.  

Women Veterans deserve a seat at the table in medical research. They want doctors who understand them better, with treatments and breakthroughs designed for their needs. By enrolling in MVP, you help ensure women aren't left out of medical research that could potentially improve or save the lives of fellow women Veterans. Enrollment is completely voluntary.

To learn more and enroll today, visit mvp.va.gov or call 1-866-441-6075.

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Building a healthy, post-COVID life: mental health

You did it. You always wore your mask, washed your hands, socially distanced and stayed healthy. Now you’re fully vaccinated and ready to hit the reset button on a challenging year. But before you head out this summer, consider checking internally for some self-care. Many may find themselves mentally changed as the world slowly reopens.

 Veterans have many resources available if they need help settling into their new routine, including VA’s diverse specialty clinics and apps to address specific needs. 

“There are mental health providers embedded in primary care clinics that can help address short-term mental health challenges or connect you to long-term services,” says Rachel Morales, a licensed clinical social worker at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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Why I get my health care at VA: Navy Veteran Dick

After retirement, Dick, a former Navy Chaplain, gained some weight, enough that it was restricting his activities and making him miserable. His VA doctor helped him meet his weight loss goals with a comprehensive program.

“Basically, what I learned was that everything that I had been told about gaining weight was true,” says Dick. “It’s just that I never paid any attention to it.”

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