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Photo of Physical Therapists with the INDEGO exoskeletonStaff Trains for New Exoskeleton Research Project
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital physical therapists are training on a medical device designed to help people who are confined to a wheelchair stand and walk with mechanical assistance.
Photo of Dr. Steven Scott with other MOAA Leadership and 2016 award recipientsDr. Scott Receives Prestigious MOAA Award
The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) recognized five supporters of the military community, including Dr. Steven Scott, with the association's highest awards on Capitol Hill in April, 2016.
Photo of Huanguang "Charlie" JiaStroke Care Comparison Article Merits Attention
Recent article finds similarities and differences in post stroke rehabilitation care received by Veterans residing at community nursing homes and community living centers.
Photo of Dr. Levy receiving the Paul B. Magnuson Award from Dr. NadeauCharles E. Levy Receives Paul B. Magnuson Award
Charles E. Levy, MD, was awarded the Paul B. Magnuson Award, presented annually to a VA RR&D investigator who exemplifies the entrepreneurship, humanitarianism, and dedication to Veterans displayed by Dr. Magnuson.
photo of Patricia QuigleyPatricia Quigley wins AAP Award
In recognition as lead author of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AJPM&R) article, Exercise Interventions, Gait, and Balance in Older Subjects with distal symmetric polyneuropathy.
photo of award recipients2013 Mitchell Rosenthal Award Recipients
Awarded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Programs for "Best Scientific Publication" using the NIDRR-funded TBI Model System...
photo of Risa Nakase-Richardson2014 BI-ISIG Cantor Scholar Award Winner
The Cantor Scholar Award is presented by the BI-ISIG member in recognition of outstanding research that is judged to be a significant contribution to the field of brain injury rehabilitation.
photo of Connie UpholdUtilizing the RESCUE Stroke Caregiver Website
Caregiver depression is common following a family member's stroke and often contributes to a stroke survivor's hospital readmission and institutionalization if the caregiver is unable to perform continued in-home care.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Dave Miller assists homeless VeteransMarine Veteran is VA's Male Volunteer of the Year
Marine Corps Veteran David Miller has been volunteering at VA for over 25 years and has been named the 2017 National Male Volunteer of the Year. Miller served in Vietnam during the TET II offensive.
An elderly male Veteran in a wheelchair, entering a van.VA Helps Vietnam Veteran Get His Life Back
Dale Herb's life came to a grinding halt about a year ago when he lost the use of his legs and couldn't leave his home. Today, thanks to a little help from the VA, he's completely mobile again.
FC Vincent Savarino, bottom right corner, with members of the 8th Field Artillery, Battery A on a beach in Oahu, Hawaii in 1935Veteran Volunteer to Celebrate 100th Birthday
Woodrow Wilson was President when Veteran Volunteer Vincent Savarino was born. This month he will celebrate birthday number 100 during National Volunteer Week at the Wilkes-Barre VA medical center.
Male patient resting in bed following surgeryWith VA's Help, Waco Veteran Gets a Second Chance
Thirty-year-old Stephen Jacinto survived two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. It was only after he returned home to Waco, Texas, that the Air Force Veteran discovered his own mortality.
Veteran Brandon Myers removes his shoes from a wheelchair he used to harness an exoskeleton walking deviceRobotic Brace for Veterans of Spinal Cord Injury
It's called an Exoskeleton and it uses motion sensors and a computer control system to allow Veterans with spinal cord injuries to stand and take steps, with a little help.
A male wearing a BDU jacket speaking with a male counselor.Can Spiritual Therapy Ease Your PTSD Symptoms?
A researcher associated with the Augusta VA in Georgia is conducting a survey to see if Veterans coping with PTSD might be interested in having spirituality introduced into their therapy.
Surgeons looking at x-rays of patientImportant Office that Most People Have Never Heard
VA's National Center for Patient Safety is dedicated to preventing inadvertent harm or injury to Veteran patients. It's the engine under the hood that keeps things running smoothly and safely.
Fruit and Vegetable bowl Ten Ways to Eat Wisely - A Focus on Nutrition
VA encourages Veterans to focus on healthful eating. You don't need to change the way you eat overnight. Take your time, make small smart changes in your diet and you'll feel better and be healthier.
VAMC Director Isaacks visits with Veteran patientMarine Continues to Serve by Serving Veterans
David Isaacks served in the Marine Corps from 1998 to 2005. Today he continues to serve his country by serving Veterans as director of the Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Mo.
Lead Yoga Therapist Nancy Schalk.Can Yoga Ease Your PTSD? VA Wants to Find Out
A clinical research psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indiana is exploring the effects Yoga might have on Veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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