- Air Force Association 2012 VA Employee of the Year
Dr. (Lt. Col.) David Fay Tharp knew his skills as a mental health professional along with his experience in the Air Force were in demand by a growing number of service personnel serving in Afghanistan suffering the scars of war.
- Can one man make a difference? We’ll let you be the judge.
This man works at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System’s Waco Campus in the Post Traumatic Stress Care Team (PCT) Outpatient Clinic. This man treats Veterans ranging from 89 years young to those in their twenties just returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OIF/OEF/OND)—all suffering from PTSD.
- Creative Arts Festivals, March 2011
Central Texas Veterans Health Care System hosted two local Creative Arts Festivals, the first March 3 at the Waco VA Medical Center and the second March 8-9 at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center in Temple. With more than 150 art entries, you would think winning the contest would be main topic of the Veterans submitting their entries, but you would be wrong.
- Love is Blind
Every now and then someone mentions that love is blind, but no one could foresee that a love affair was in the making when two legally blind Veterans met by chance in the summer of 2009.
- Oil painting brings hospice patient a new calling in life
Bruce 'Doc' Smith has done a lot of things in his life besides serving as a U.S. Marine for three years. Now a patient in the hospice unit at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Temple, Smith has found a new calling: to create oil paintings as gifts for his caregivers and others but more importantly to inspire his fellow Veterans in hospice care to devote a little time to painting to help make their remaining days productive and pleasant.
- Couple finds Waco Community Living Center helps primary caregiver
Anne and Don Cox enjoy their time together at Waco Community Living Center. Anne, a retired nurse, spends every afternoon at the Waco VA with Don. She says the VA care allows her to recover from her surgery knowing that her husband is getting great care.
- Miss Texas Visits Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
Veterans at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System were surprised by a special visit from Miss Texas 2010 Amanda Houdashell and a variety of national entertainers and dignitaries.
- VA Medical Centers Named for Presidents
Can you name the three VA medical centers named for United States presidents? Here’s a story on the Franklin Delano Roosevelt campus of the Hudson Valley Healthcare System in Montrose, New York.
- Research Today Means Healthier Tomorrow
May 13-17 is National VA Research Week with the theme “VA Research Inspires.” VA Research has been part of advances in treating heart disease, diabetes, spinal cord injury and mental health disorders.
- PTSD Help: With You When You Need It Most
VA is making it possible for Veterans to access PTSD information in mobile friendly formats. Check out the mobile self-help apps and “treatment companion” apps. Find “Where to Get Help for PTSD.”
- VA Nurses: Quality and Innovation in Patient Care
VA salutes our 80,000 nurses during National Nurses Week…and every week. Every day, VA’s nurses provide state-of-the-art, cost-effective nursing care to America’s Veterans and their families.
- Stress? Problems? Here is Free Online Help!
Moving Forward is an online program that helps overcome life’s challenges. Designed specifically for Veterans and Military Service Members, but can anyone can use it to make problems more manageable.
- An Easier-to-Understand Billing Statement
VA, with help from Veterans, has created a more patient-friendly statement that is easier to understand. The improved statement has a concise layout and several new features that Veterans wanted.
- Two Volunteers at Erie VA Team Up to Save a Veteran's Life
When a Veteran’s life hung in the balance, two volunteers worked together calmly and efficiently to render aid. Their efforts may have made the difference between life and death.
- PTSD Study: Men Versus Women
In an effort to develop PTSD treatments that are geared more precisely to the unique needs of men and women, VA researchers have begun to investigate how men and women learn to fear.
- Training Veterans to Care for Themselves
An Occupational Therapist talks about VA’s Wellness Program and how Tai Chi helps Veterans and their families with memory, improved sleep, decreased stress and overall health.
- Learn About the Impact of Sexual Trauma
Military sexual trauma (MST) refers to sexual assault during military service. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, time to talk about services VA has available for Veterans who experienced MST.