Veterans Health Care September 30, 2021

Reach out for help when you need it; alternatives to pain meds; Pfizer boosters; and a better Veterans' Appeals board

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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: Reach Out for support when you need it

Suicide Prevention Month, held each September, is a good time to remember that you don’t have to go through anything alone. Reach out. Resources are available this month and all year to help you face life's challenges.

This year’s Suicide Prevention Month theme, Reach Out, reminds Veterans to take a moment and reach out for support when you need it.. 

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Why I get my health care at VA: Army Veteran Woodi

Army Veteran Woodi dealt with pain by taking medication for years until she found an alternative: regular yoga at the Salt Lake City VA.

The program is only one of many alternative therapies designed to help Veterans improve their quality of life. Woodi and her yoga instructor, Yael, sat down to talk about their experiences..

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Veterans can receive Pfizer COVID-19 booster

Some Veterans, spouses and caregivers can receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster shot from VA.

In line with recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control, only people who have already received a full series of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least six months ago have been authorized to receive a Pfizer booster shot.

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Recent and coming improvements to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals

Cheryl L. Mason is the first woman chair of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. She talks about recent and coming improvements to the board and what brought her to work with Veterans.

Mason understands that military spouses bring talents and insights that are valuable to the board. “We owe it to military members and military families to support our military spouses,” she said.

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