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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island

Local Features

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.
E&E - American Heroes at Home in Rhode IslandMy World War II Parents
There's a rumor that my parents may be the last Rhode Island married couple who both served in WW II. I tell everyone this and they blush -- they were doing what they were supposed to, they say, and it was an honor...
Robert Erminelli and Antone Monteiro, two Vets in the Community GardenPVAMC Garden to Serve Homeles & At-risk Veterans
PVAMC H-PACT broke ground on a new community garden. The garden will be tended to by Veterans and volunteers and will supply homeless, at-risk, and low-income Veterans with home-grown, fresh vegetables and fruit.

From the Veterans Health Administration

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.
VA Nurse and patient talkingCaring for Veterans at Work and at Home
VA has great employees and some of the best are our nurses. Drema Bratton, a VA nurse for 37 years, was recently named Nurse of the Year at her Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
A parent and Veteran sitting together“They Saved My Son's Life”
Families of Veterans with problems have a remarkable confidential VA program designed to assist them in finding the help they need with compassion, patience and understanding.
Social Add, Be there for a Veteran in CrisisBe There for a Veteran in Crisis
September is Suicide Prevention Month and VA is asking for the entire nation’s help in reducing Veteran suicide and calling on everyone to Be There for Veterans and Service members.
Veterans planking at the GymHealth and Fitness for Older Veterans
VA's Gerofit fitness and health promotion program reduces the risk of the need for nursing home care by developing individually tailored, functionally-based exercise for America's older Veterans.
Dr. Bush and Army Veteran Michael Fuller I am here to help, that is my gift to you.
VA Audiologist Dr. Erica Bush lost her hearing as a child and understands the challenges of Veterans with hearing problems. Read her inspiring story of turning her experiences into helping Veterans.
Army Veteran Michael Owen shaking hands with other volunteersWanted: Half a Million More Veterans to Volunteer
It's called the Million Veteran Program and we're half way there. A Veteran from Alabama became the 500,000th Veteran to voluntarily enroll in the program which may help to prevent and treat diseases.

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