Monthly Archives: June 2023

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All-star cast to perform at PBS’ national Independence Day celebration

Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, on July 4th PBS will air and stream the greatest display of fireworks in the country lighting up the capital skyline captured by 20 cameras positioned around the city. A Capitol Fourth, America’s longest-running live national Independence Day TV tradition, will feature an all-star cast in a patriotic extravaganza of all-live musical performances by top stars from pop, country, R&B,

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VA helps Veterans bridge the Digital Divide

Did you know that if you want to use telehealth to make VA care more convenient for you, but don’t have internet service or an internet-connected device, VA’s Digital Divide Consult can help you? Through the Digital Divide Consult process, your VA provider can determine if you are eligible for a discount on your home internet or phone service through two Federal Communications Commission (FCC) programs: the Affordable Connectivity Program and

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Livestreaming and gaming helps address Veteran loneliness

Many Veterans face loneliness as they transition to civilian life and through Wounded Warrior Program’s Stream to Serve program, livestreaming and gaming has become an effective way to address this challenge and help Veterans connect with others. WWP uses livestreaming and gaming to connect warriors and their families to lifesaving programs and services, while also giving them a chance to game and stream what they love. Veterans who participate in WWP’s livestreaming

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Avoid Bug Bites This Summer

Summer is a time for having fun outdoors but unfortunately bugs – and bug bites – increase dramatically in the summer months. So, it’s important to learn how to protect yourself. To help prevent bug bitesOpens health.mil, stay safe with these tips: Use insect repellent Wear appropriate clothes Take steps to control insects inside and outside your home If traveling, pay attention to local risks and outbreaks learn more  

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Veterans can thrive as a result of their VA benefits

In this episode of The BLUF the VA looks at how blood testing may no longer require fasting, VA smartphone apps, and the Stars and Stripes Digital Benefits Guide. learn more   .youtube { overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:60%; position:relative; height:0; } .youtube iframe { left:0; top:0; height:100%; width:100%; position:absolute; }

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The VA helps prevent Veteran suicide

Practical support for Veterans facing a crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts is the VA’s top priority, while validating the thoughts, emotions and needs of both the caregiver and the Veteran. The VA Caregiver Support Program (CSP) supports Veteran suicide prevention by offering VA S.A.V.E. training to its caregivers and family members: Signs of suicide Asking about suicide Validating feelings Encouraging help and expediting treatment learn more  

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Hero’s Bridge Seeks a Better Quality of Life for Older Veterans

Of the 16.5 million Veterans in the country, 50% are seniors, and Hero’s Bridge is a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging our Veterans to a better quality of life through age-specific and innovative programs. Many of our esteemed senior Veterans scars run much deeper, finding life as a civilian challenging and maintaining healthy personal and professional relationships difficult. Hero’s Bridge services are available to our heroes wherever they call home,

A clear vision for the future of Veteran eye care

Having virtual eye care services can make adapting to losing vision due to age-related macular degeneration a little easier, and a virtual doctor for Veterans can provide gap coverage for facilities experiencing staffing shortages. Doctors using this platform can serve Veterans at multiple locations, essentially adding a virtual doctor for Veterans whose closest facility does not have an eye clinic. learn more  

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Mental Health Stigma Campaign Will Be New Hub of Hope

Protecting, optimizing, and defending the mental health of our military force is vital to its well-being and readiness. The Defense Health Agency’s Psychological Health Center of Excellenceo and the Defense Suicide Prevention Office have partnered to enhance and expand a public health awareness campaign in efforts to continue reducing stigma associated with seeking care for mental health. Soon, the award-winning Real Warriors Campaign will include additional emphasis on suicide