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Veterans Health Care August 12, 2021

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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Mindfulness helps Veteran with PTSD find relief

Two 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.

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Police officer at VA Bedford saves stranger’s life

Army 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.

“I 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 me.”

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VA dentist marks 51 years of service to Veterans

VA 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.”

Looking 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.”

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VA employee talks VA prosthetics
and improvements

Army 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.

A 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.

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