Veterans Health Care September 23, 2021

Oldest WWII Vet, support for community suicide prevention, a new voice after cancer, and get moving with VA MOVE!

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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Happy 112th Birthday to Army Veteran Lawrence Brooks

Happy birthday to the nation’s oldest WWII Veteran! Lawrence Brooks, a patient at VA New Orleans, marked his 112th birthday on September 12.

Brooks received the hospital’s 20,000th COVID-19 vaccine. After the injection, Brooks was overjoyed, exclaiming, “I finally got it!”

His advice to those who ask his secret to longevity: “Serve God and be nice to people.”

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VA supports providers who
help prevent Veteran suicide

VA is committed to supporting community health care providers who treat Veterans at risk for suicide through the Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program or SRM.

This program offers free consultation, support, education and resources that promote best practices to providers working with Veterans at risk for suicide.

“We want all providers to feel supported and confident in their treatment decisions," says Georgia Gerard, an SRM team expert.

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Finding a new voice after cancer

After battling throat cancer and undergoing a life-changing surgery to remove his voice box, Army Veteran Arthur Daniels found a new voice.

Daniels got his voice back when his surgeon placed a small opening between the trachea and the esophagus. VA offers Veterans a range of devices to help them communicate.

"I tell other Veterans that it will be fine,” says Daniels. “We just drive on.”

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Ready to make a lifestyle change? Try VA MOVE! 

Healthy living isn’t one-size-fits-all. Read about Army Veteran Herb Mitchell's successful weight loss story to learn why.

If you’re ready to embrace a healthier lifestyle habit, try MOVE! It’s a 16-week weight management and health promotion program designed to improve the lives of Veterans. Every VA medical center has a dedicated MOVE! Coordinator who is available to assist you.

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