Mindfulness helps Veteran with PTSD find relief
years ago, Army Veteran Kristine Bean signed up for a study that
focused on mindfulness training and sailing for Veterans with PTSD,
substance use disorder, and other mental health conditions. The study
aims to provide an enjoyable experience to Veterans while imparting the
therapeutic benefits of walking, hiking, meditation and yoga to achieve a
state of mindfulness.
Bean found the mindfulness training, which involved periods of meditation, to be very helpful.
Police officer at VA Bedford saves stranger’s life
Veteran Anthony Harris, a VA police officer at VA Bedford Healthcare,
is credited with saving the life of a stranger. Officer Harris was
headed home when he noticed a man with one leg over the side of a
pedestrian bridge on an overpass.
said, ‘Let’s talk,’” remembers Harris. “He just looked at me and stood
there. He ended up nodding his head and jumped down, agreeing to talk to
VA dentist marks 51 years of service to Veterans
dentist Dr. Joseph Hancock started at VA in 1970 when “the WWII
Veterans were the young ones.” As he recently celebrated 51 years of
service, he noted that “the Vietnam Veterans are now the older ones.”
back over a half century of service, Hancock said, “I am a VA dentist.
It’s who I am. I’ve never interviewed for a job ever.”
VA employee talks VA prosthetics
Veteran and VA employee Bill Van Aken has seen a lot of changes in VA
facilities, especially in its prosthetics department. One in particular
that has affected his job more than others: doorknobs.
request to his facility to have the doorknobs replaced with door
handles has made it easier for him as an amputee to do his job.
“I didn’t have to rely on someone else to do my job, and for me that was huge,” he said.