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Team ConnectTeam Connect Finds Their VA Voices
As a new HSR&D Fellow, Dr. Christopher Fowler hopes to improve Veteran access to non-pharmacological treatments (e.g., psychotherapy, physical therapy, acupuncture) and associated outcomes for Veterans
Photo of Adrienne FennellThe VEC Welcomes a Treasure
Adrienne Fennell (Treasure), member of the Veteran Engagement Council (VEC) served in the United States Army during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as base support at Fort Irwin in California and then served
Growing Veterans FieldGrowing Veterans, A Partnership That Keeps Growing
Brown founded the Washington state nonprofit Growing Veterans in 2013 while earning a master's degree in social work at Western Washington University. He thought that helping other Veterans connect to the land
RVTRI CAT Veterans Making MusicVeterans Connect with Art in Gainesville & Tampa
In March, 2017, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) began working with the UF Center for Arts in Medicine, the Rural Veterans Telerehabilitation Initiative Creative Arts Therapy Initiative (RVTRI-CAT), CINDRR,
ACRM Military/Veterans Affairs Networking GroupCINDRR Investigators Active in ACRM
The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Military and Veterans Affairs Networking Group offers networking opportunities between non-government and government ACRM members and functions as
photo of Risa Nakase-RichardsonTraumatic Brain Injury in Veterans
Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) differ from civilians with TBI in some key ways—with potentially important implications for long-term care and support of injured service members.
photo of Stacey Thompson2017 Women Veterans Art Exhibit
Stacey Thompson, Marine Corps Veteran, served from August 1998 to June 2000. She is an accomplished artist who uses her artwork to share her story of survival from Military Sexual Trauma.
Christopher Fowler, PhD, CINDRR HSR&D FellowNew CINDRR HSR&D Fellow
As a new HSR&D Fellow, Dr. Christopher Fowler hopes to improve Veteran access to non-pharmacological treatments (e.g., psychotherapy, physical therapy, acupuncture) and associated outcomes for Veterans
MSG Tom Cruz, accepting his SAMHSA Voice awardVEC Member Brings Personal Veteran Experience
Tom Cruz, member of the CINDRR Veteran Engagement Executive Team and the Veteran Engagement Council, is an Active Duty Master Sergeant (MSG) in the Unites States Army with more than 22 years of service
Figure 2, Traffic BarriersUsing GIS to Assess Hurricane Harvey's Impact
As winds from Hurricane Harvey threatened and made landfall in Texas in late August, the VA Office of Emergency Management (OEM) contacted the Planning Systems Support Group (PSSG) for assistance in creating maps.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Medical Technologist Dionne Hockett operates the new BioFire Blood Culture Identification system New Blood Culture ID System Improves Care for Vets
VA's Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has a new system that lets doctors find harmful microorganisms in blood samples in just a few hours vs. three days with the old method.
National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.

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