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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island

Local Features

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.
The author, Amber Vaillancourt, front and center, with Providence VA Row Cats members and coaches at 426 Fitness in Warren, R.I., March 10, 2015. (Providence VA Medical Center photo by Sid Petros, WaterRower)Tap, Tap, Row
Providence Veterans Get Oars Wet in New All-Blind Vets' Crew Team by Amber Vaillancourt, blind rehabilitation outpatient specialist, Providence VA Medical Center. It may not be the Providence River or ...

From the Veterans Health Administration

VA Chaplin speaking with Veteran about spiritualityTalking Spiritual about Moral Injury
VA chaplains help Veterans in many ways, including invisible injuries. Read how one New York VA chaplain works with Veterans dealing with moral injury, helping them cope with memories they push away.
Women Veterans Call Center EmployeeVA invites Women Veterans to Chat Online
The Women Veterans Call Center has a new online, one-to-one chat function. Women Veterans can chat online anonymously via text with a trained woman representative, many of whom are Veterans.
Veteran throwing Javelin at Golden Age GamesVeteran Golden Age Games Underway in Detroit
Golden Age Games - it is about the rehabilitation value that wellness and fitness provide in the lives of older Veterans and a good time, competition and fellowship with other Veterans.
Image of Veteran outdoors with friends and his horseDying Veteran Emotional Last Request
Paralyzed by a bullet to his spine in Vietnam combat, Roberto Gonzalez still found many things to enjoy in life. His favorite was his horses. Near the end of his life, he had one last request.
Veteran competeing in Wheelchair games in an Archery match. Wheelchair Games are about Living Healthy Lives
All this week VA and the Paralyzed Veterans of America are hosting the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Veterans will participate in 18 wheelchair sports events in Salt Lake City.
Image of a Monarch butterfly on a flowerButterflies Symbolize Hope for Paralyzed Veterans
In early May about 30 patients and staff gathered on the front patio of the Milwaukee Veteran Affairs Spinal Cord Injury building to witness a special ceremony: the release of hundreds of butterflies.
Male Veteran walking down a rural road surrounded by treesPTSD Help with Cognitive Processing Therapy
After 17 months in Iraq he came home and felt he was drifting through life. After he was diagnosed with PTSD, he entered a VA treatment program called Cognitive Processing Therapy. It worked for him.
Two VA Doctors with their VA Patient after surgery Veteran has Tongue Cancer Surgery Home in 3 Days
Warren, an Army Veteran, had surgery for a cancerous tongue tumor. He spent only three days in the hospital. Read how VA surgeons solve complex problems with minimally invasive procedures.
 Image of a male volunteer handing out clothes to a male Veteran. I was addicted and homeless. The VA took me in.
Vietnam Veteran Mike Doherty was homeless and addicted to pain killers and alcohol. He had hit bottom with no place to turn. But then a good friend drove him to the Pittsburgh VA.
World MS Day, 25 May 2016 - LogoYou get to choose how you will handle MS.
Read the inspirational words of an Air Force Veteran who eloquently describes how he lives every day with Multiple Sclerosis. His courage and resolve serve as a valuable example to us all.

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