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Bob WedekindThe Unlikely Potter
Marine Veteran Bill Wedekind suffered life-threatening injuries that left him without both of his hands and eyes. He underwent two krukenberg amputations to become an accomplished, if unlikely, potter.
CLC Wedding of Hugo and Faye HeinsHeins Wedding
After being together for 18 years, a Central Texas couple finally decided to tie the knot on January 27, 2016, at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) Community Living Center (CLC) in Temple.
E-donate hand and heart illustrationE-Donate Is Simple, Speedy, Safe
E-Donate allows community members who wish to give back to Veterans a quick, safe way to pledge their support online. You choose the medical center, the amount, and the account. RSS | Subscribe |
CTVHCS Website Re-DesignedWebsite Re-Designed
Our new look is designed to help you easily and quickly access information with intuitive and easy-to-use navigation. We know that you consider this website our front door. And we want you to feel welcome.
Image of Dr. David Fay TharpAir Force Association 2012 VA Employee of the Year
What motivates a family man with two young children and a busy career as a clinical research psychologist to volunteer for a tour of duty on the frontlines of a war zone?
Image of Thomas J. Hughes, the founder of Vets Helping VetsCan one man make a difference? We’ll let you be the judge.
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.
Mark Kline, first place winner in the Fine Arts/Pastel Division stands beside his winning entry.Creative Arts Festivals, March 2011
Central Texas Veterans Heath Care System hosted two local Creative Arts Festivals; March 3 at the Waco VA Medical Center and March 8-9 at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center, Temple.
Michael Goree and Frances ColsomLove 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 lifeOil 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 caregiverCouple 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.

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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