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Veterans Health Care October 14, 2021

Flu vaccines are available, VA’s peer support specialist’s recovery story, Annie App is here to help and habits to protect your liver


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: Four steps to get your community flu shot

Flu season is here and with COVID-19 circulating in our communities, getting a flu shot is more important than ever.

Flu vaccines are available at your local VA medical facility in addition to more than 70,000 in-network community care providers nationwide at no cost to eligible Veterans.

Read more to learn about the four steps to getting the flu vaccine in your community.

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Peer support specialist shares his recovery story to help others

For Marine Corps Veteran Vince Bryant, the biggest injury he's had to find healthy ways to manage is the wound our eyes can't see: chronic PTSD. He uses his story of personal recovery in his role as a peer support specialist at the Houston VA to empower other Veterans to get help.

"Being a peer support specialist allows me to provide this same recovery opportunity to other Veterans," said Bryant. "By being an open book, I’m reaching out to other Veterans and ensuring they get the very best possible health care from VA.”

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Veterans: VA's Annie App is here to support your self-care goals

Annie App for Veterans is a mobile text messaging system created to help Veterans like you play an active role in meeting your self-care and
wellness goals.

Annie sends automated text messages that include health-related notifications, reminders and motivational messages based on your goals or health conditions.

The best thing about the App—it is free. 

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Take these steps to protect your liver

The liver is not only one of the largest organs in your body, but it also has many important jobs. These jobs include: filtering your blood and removing toxins, making proteins needed to help you heal, regulating your hormones and
much more. 

Keep your liver functioning properly by taking some simple steps to avoid liver damage.

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