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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

Doctor and patient shaking hands10 Things About The Veterans Choice Program
Here's all the information about the Veterans Choice Program. Find out if you are eligible to receive health care from a community provider. How is the 40-mile calculation determined? And other FAQs.
Wheelchair basketball gameVeterans Compete in National Wheelchair Games
For Veterans with physical disabilities, the National Wheelchair Games help Veterans become aware of their abilities and potential. And there is a great spirit of healthy activity and camaraderie.
A member of the VA Central California Health Care Systems Hepatitis C Clinic approaches a      homeless persons tent in Fresno, Calif. Getting homeless Veterans tested for Hepatitis C
Jennifer Siilata is a VA clinical pharmacist and she knows how dangerous the Hep C virus is if left untreated. She knows it is curable. Her goal? Find high-risk homeless Veterans and get them tested.
Golden Triangle Performance Ensemble entertains Pittsburgh Veterans after parade around campusPittsburgh Veterans Celebrate the Fourth of July
Independence Day parade at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center honors Veterans living in the Community Living Center. Third year for performers who call it the “highlight of their year.”
Illustration of back musclesVeterans with Back Pain Have Treatment Options
In a survey of more than 3,500 back pain sufferers, 80% said that yoga, tai chi, massage therapy or a chiropractor helped them. Those options can help as much as surgery or drugs, with fewer risks.
Doca Merdjanoska, surgical department nurse at the VA Central California HealthFresno VA Medical Center's Nurse of the Year
Meet Doca Merdjanoska from Macedonia, one of VA's top nurses. Our continuing series of outstanding VA employees features a surgical department nurse at the Fresno VA Medical Center.
Putting sunblock on your skinVeterans: Protect Your Skin and Your Hearing
Veterans: Do you know the difference in Ultraviolet B and Ultraviolet A sun's rays? And what is a safe decibel (dB) level of noise? Here are a few quick handy answers just in time for summer.
Portrait of the Graves family.A Veteran's Final Hours at a VA Hospital
Carol Graves, wife of Army Veteran C.A. Graves, said her 76-year-old husband received the utmost respect and kindness during the last few days of his life at the VA hospital in Shreveport, La.
People KayakingVA and Healing Powers of Nature Rescue Vet
When the transition to civilian life left an Air Force Veteran in a dark place, he turned to VA and nature for help. There is so much healing that goes on when you are alone surrounded by nature.
Male Veteran standing beside a horse.Veterans Conquer Depression with Equine Therapy
For some Veterans coping with depression, post-traumatic stress and even physical pain, spending some quality time with a horse (also known as equine therapy) might just be the perfect remedy.

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