Veterans Health Care October 28, 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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Cancer screenings save lives: Schedule your VA screening today

Regular preventive screenings can catch cancer at an earlier stage before you notice symptoms, improving the chances that treatment will be successful. VA recommends routine screenings for four cancers: lung, colon and rectal (colorectal), breast and cervical.

When scheduling a screening, remember to be persistent, ask about all your options and if you miss a VA call, please call back.

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VA doctor perform revolutionary “awake” hand surgeries

Salisbury VA surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Baker performed the first ever “awake” carpal tunnel surgery at the Charlotte VA Health Care Center. On his opening day, he performed five “awake” surgeries.

At 10-15 minutes per procedure, Baker can help a lot of Veterans.

“We’re going to do whatever we can to improve access to care, whether that’s streamlining a procedure or bringing the care to another facility like we’re doing in Charlotte,” said Salisbury VA director Joseph Vaughn.

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VA community partnerships help Veterans find justice in California

Palo Alto VA social workers are working with community partners like Bay Area Legal Aid to identify Veterans with civil legal problems and medical issues to provide free legal aid and health coverage.

The partnership “plays a role in the Veteran’s pursuit of whole-health recovery as it increases their access to a much-needed resource,” said Lori Buelna, supervising social worker at VA Palo Alto.

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What can you do to reduce your risk of breast cancer?

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women and can also affect men. There are things you can do to help lower your risk for breast cancer like reducing alcohol intake, maintaining a healthy weight and getting enough exercise. For mothers, breast feeding, if you are able, also reduces your risk.

A VA dietitian can help you find ways to adopt healthy habits like establishing a healthy meal plan or exercise routine.

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