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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

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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