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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island

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Marine Corps Veteran William Lewis before and after he began participating in MOVE!Bill -- A MOVE! Success Story
“My primary care doctor, Monty VanBeber and nurse practitioner, Cheryl Collins, said my EKG results suggested I may have had a heart attack in my sleep,” said Lewis, a Marine Corps Veteran.
group of people standing outdoorsOSDRI Operation Keep 'em Warm Coat Drive at PVAMC
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island's third annual Keep 'em Warm winter clothing give-away hosted by the Providence VA Medical Center Oct. 28, 2016, in collaboration with the PVAMC's Homeless Veteran Clinic.
Mark Sanders, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran from Manomet, Mass., shows the black sea bass he just caught off of Point Judith, R.I., Thursday, July 21, 2016, during the VA New England's Adaptive Summer Sports Clinic.VA New England Adaptive Summer Sports Clinic
"There is a learning curve, but being disabled doesn't mean much once you know what you can do," said Paul Nyerick, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of Vietnam from Granby, Conn., who has multiple sclerosis.
Veterans and volunteers on the beach at the Veterans Affairs Amp Surf Clinic in Narragansett, R.I., June 11, 2016.Give a Little, Get so Much
I volunteered ... at the Amp Surf Clinic in Narragansett, R.I. with the Boston VA. I was serving our American heroes with my passion and nursing skills, but they served me so much more.
some staff and Veterans sitting under a tent at the Health Fair held in MarchSpring into Health Day, Health Fair
A successful Health Day/Health Fair held on March 25th outdoors at the HPACT was full of advice, nutrition and education from multiple departments from within the VA Medical Center to Veterans.
Anna Almeida-Tenreiro, a radiology technologist at the Providence VA Medical Center, and Navy hospital corpsman Petty Officer 3rd Class Kanoa LaVoun prepare World War II Navy Veteran Hector R. Rosado for a computerized tomography, or CT, scan at the Providence VAMC.VA-DOD Training Partnership at the Providence VAMC
Many Veterans come to the Providence VAMC, but some come while still in uniform. Often they come for medical board evaluations or care relating to a service-connected injury, but some come for training.
Donald McCarthy, left and Pasco Cucca at the Providence VA Medical Center, Dec. 23, 2015.WWII 29TH ID Vets Meet for the First Time at VA
"You remember the Germans on the hill with the 88?" Cucca asked McCarthy, speaking of the 88mm gun used by the German Army during World War II. “We were the lucky ones. We lost a lot of friends that day.”
Karen Edington checks the blood pressure of her husband, Ray Edington, a Navy Seabee Veteran of Vietnam, at their home in Woonsocket, R.I., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.Hospital-in-Home Alternative to Hospital Stay
Ray Edington, a Woonsocket, R.I., resident and Navy Seabee Veteran of Vietnam, had an infection that required intravenous antibiotics. This would normally mean a hospital stay, but he was offered an alternative.
Leonard Harten, a World War II Veteran, receives the Purple Heart.A Long Time Coming
"We were all lined up," recalled Harten during the presentation ceremony. "And there was a tap on my shoulder, and the guy said, 'We can’t find the paperwork, you won't be getting your medal today.'"
Mental Health Summit participants at the Providence VAMC, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015.It Takes a Community
The third annual Mental Health Summit brought together more than 100 clinicians, Veterans and their family members, and others to explore how the community can work together to enhance the mental health of Veterans.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Veteran getting their blood pressure checkedBlood Pressure Study: Vietnam Era Veterans
Researchers at the Department of Veterans Affairs find both herbicide exposure and military service are associated with high blood pressure (hypertension) among Army Chemical Corps Vietnam era Veterans.
Army Veteran Jeffrey Weinstock meets with Dr. Erica Dombrowsky, audiologist, through Clinical Video Telehealth.VA Telehealth saves Florida Veteran time, travel
Army Veteran Major Jeffrey Weinstock is very thankful this week for VA Telehealth. It saves him a 300-mile round-trip from Key West to Miami for a comprehensive hearing exam and new hearing aids
Veterans sitting around a camp fire.Veterans Deal with Diabetes at Unique Camp
Veterans in Wisconsin spend a weekend at a special camp designed to help them learn about and deal with their diabetes. Veteran Steve Biever lost 56 pounds and thanks a VA nurse for saving his life.
Veterans Day banner, with U.S. Flag as Background“What Veterans Day Means to Me”
All this week, we will be posting articles and blogs by Veterans talking about “What Veterans Day Means to Me.” Kicking off the week with a salute from a former Navy SEAL very proud of his service.
People walkingHonoring those who care for our Veterans
VA has a six-week online interactive workshop that offers training in how to provide better care. It also helps caregivers learn how to manage their own emotions, stress and physical health.
Elderly men, sitting at a table enjoying a cup of coffee while talking to one anotherAre You Ready to Make Your Choices?
Are you ready to make your choices? Advance Care Planning: Your preferences for future health care. Advance Directive: Tell others your preferences and who you have chosen to be your Health Care Agent.
VA nurses Heather Frank (L) and Jill Jefferson along with Simulator SAM during  ICU simulation training at the VA medical center in Des Moines, Iowa.Heather Frank - One of VA’s Top Nurses
Introducing Heather Frank, one of VA's and Iowa's, Top Nurses, whose extra effort has helped Vietnam Veterans in her Iowa Veteran Affairs hospital, receive awards for their service.
Vietnam Marine Corps Veteran Robert Hall and Primary Care Physician Dr. Sabrina FelsonVietnam Marine Corps Veteran - Forever Proud
Vietnam Vet, given grave cancer prognosis, says his top priority is family and his 11-month-old spirited grandson. “When my dad lies down next to him, Jayden just falls asleep.”
Veteran Lewis Taylor in Medical Foster HomeCouples Caring for Veterans in Foster Homes
There is an alternative to a nursing home for eligible Veterans. VA's Medical Foster Home Program is for Veterans no longer able to safely live independently. Here are two couples who participate.
Doctor and Veteran PatientSan Diego VA Doctor Patients’ Best Friend
He reminds his patients of “those doctors from 50 years ago where they sit down and talk to you and are like your best friend. ”Meet Dr. James Michelson of VA San Diego.

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