Veterans Health Education - Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
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Veterans Health Education

Veterans Health Education

Veterans Health Education (VHE) provides classes and resources to help you manage and improve your health.  VHE provides quality education for health and wellness as well as for chronic diseases in a variety of settings:

Call your CTVHCS VHE Department at: 254-743-0433 for more information.

New Patient Orientation to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Mission Statement

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. ……

To learn more about VA, click here

Some of the information discussed in the New Patient Orientation Class includes but is not limited to the following:                          

  • MyHealtheVet offers you tips and tools to help you partner with your health care team, so together you may work to manage your health. Here you may find useful resources when you need them.
  • The MISSION Act gives Veterans greater access to health care in VA facilities and the community, expands benefits for caregivers, and improves VA’s ability to recruit and retain the best medical providers.    
  • Questions about ratings or re-evaluations for Service Connections can be addressed by clicking here or here.
  • Questions about Insurance coverages and possible co-payments can be addressed by the Facility Revenue Management group. Call 254-742-4611 with questions. For co-payment information on care and medications, click here.
  • Other information specific to Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System with contact persons and phone numbers are communicated in the regular classroom setting or the Virtual Classroom if the Veteran is unable to attend and requests this type of service.

Women’s Health & Wellness

Women’s Health and Wellness is a program that was started as a national measure to improve care among women Veterans and prioritize women to reduce gender disparity and improve women’s access to care and address their unique needs. We offer monthly classes on a variety of topics that align with the National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the Women’s Program, and Whole Health. All our classes are geared to improve participant’s knowledge and help them make behavior change to their health over a lifetime.

  •  Be Physically Active
  •  Be Safe: Prevent Falls
  •  Eat Wisely
  •  Women and Heart Disease
  •  Health Literacy
  •  Breast Cancer Screening and Awareness
  •  Financial Management
  •  Sexual DysfunctionWe provide fun learning activities such as our annual Healthy Heart Valentine’s Ball. Our Eating Wisely class discussed the Mediterranean Diet and saturated fats.
  • We have ongoing projects like a gardening project in the Temple Green House and at the VA campus Chapel, with the assistance of the Bell County Master Gardeners Association. 

Come on and join us for an educational and fun-filled time. Classes are the second Wednesdays of the month from 11A-1P and will resume after COVID-19 precautions are lifted.

Headache Classes

Do you suffer from headaches? Have you deployed and find yourself plagued with headaches ever since? Are your headaches debilitating? We have information that can help you. Education is power!

Emergency rooms list headaches as one of the most common complaints, > 3 million ER visits annually, and particularly higher rates among the Veteran population.

For example, Tension Headaches are the most common type of headaches among adults, and the most common type of headaches in Veterans as well. They cause mild to moderate pain and come and go over time, and usually have no other symptoms

Migraine Headaches are often described as pounding, throbbing pain. At least two-thirds of migraine sufferers who comply with modifications to their dietary intake and take appropriate levels of supplements can experience a substantial reduction in migraine attacks

VHE will teach you how to better manage your headaches and improve your health and well-being, using Whole Health methods and self-health management techniques. We host “HEADACHE CLASSES” to help you manage your headaches in healthy ways, offered twice monthly or on an individual basis if unable to attend a class.

Diabetes and Health Improvement Program

In Central Texas, nearly 1 in 3 Veterans have diabetes or prediabetes, and who are then at risk for many health issues such as heart disease, blindness, and kidney problems. Education is the key to understanding and controlling diabetes, prediabetes and leading a healthier life! The Central Texas VA is not providing classes in-person due to COVID-19, this education is being offered through telephone calls or Veterans Video Connect (VVC). The following education is available by calling 254-743-0433:  

Diabetes Workshop: If you have diabetes and want to learn how to control your blood sugar, this class is the best place to start. This is a 2-part class offered twice per month and is taught by our education, nutrition, and pharmacy staff. This program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association.

Diabetes Refresher Class: If you have already attended a Diabetes Workshop and feel you need a review session, this class is for you. It is 1 hour long and deals with the most important things you can do to keep your blood sugar in control. Please call 254-743-1999 for more information.

Diabetes Support Group: We have support groups at the main Temple hospital and the Temple Veterans Center on I-35. They are held monthly for Veterans living with diabetes who need extra help.

Outpatient Diabetes Education Walk-in Clinic (in Maroon Clinic): If you would like 1-on-1 help with your diabetes, please call 254-743-0433 and ask to speak to Jeremy Smith to arrange an appointment. You may still be able to walk-in by asking for Mr. Smith at the Maroon Clinic check-in desk but calling ahead ensures that you will be promptly seen.

Health Improvement Program (HIP): If your doctor has told you that your blood sugar is higher than it should be, or that your cholesterol is high, this class is for you! Even if your labs are normal, but you have a family history of heart disease or diabetes, this class can help prevent future health problems


Contact Info


  • Temple, Building 205, Room 1K55

Contact Number(s)

  • 254-743-0433
  • 254-743-1999

Hours of Operation

  • M-F, 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.