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Military working dogs conduct decontamination training

Dover Air Force Base – Members of the Dover Air Force Base Veterinary Treatment Facility held a training session to practice the skills necessary to properly decontaminate MWDs in the aftermath of a nuclear, biological or chemical attack or spill. In the event of an incident or an accident involving CBRN agents, the Warm Zone Team’s military working dogs are responsible for decontaminating patients before they are triaged and treated,

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Lung cancer screening can be a lifesaver

VA News – Lung Cancer affects almost 8,000 Veterans every year and the VA encourages you to discuss lung cancer screening with your VA health care provider today. If you want to talk to your VA provider about lung cancer screening, call your VA care team or visit My HealtheVet. You may qualify for lung cancer screening if you: Are 50- to 80-years old Smoke cigarettes now or quit within the

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Ignite a healthier future with physical fitness

VA News – Supporting overall health and mental well-being, staying physically fit after serving in the military is essential for Veterans and can help with the transition to civilian life. Remember, your fitness journey is unique to you! It’s important to consult with your primary care doctor or health team to develop a personalized fitness plan that accommodates your specific needs and challenges. Get started on the road to a

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National Salute to Veteran Patients Week

VA News – This year’s National Salute to Veteran Patients week is a great time for youth groups, members of the public and Veteran Service Organizations to say thank you to a special group of men and women, the more than 9 million Veterans of the U.S. armed services who are cared for in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers, outpatient clinics, domiciliaries, and nursing homes. The purpose

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Black History Month is A Time of Acknowledgement, Reflection and Inspiration

RallyPoint – VA is celebrating Black Veterans and encouraging all Veterans to tell their stories and share their experiences with the Veterans History Project run by the Library of Congress. For too long, too many Veterans who fought to protect our rights and freedoms have had to fight brutal battles here at home for their own rights and freedoms. VA is celebrating Black Veterans and encouraging all Veterans to tell

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How CHAMPVA can help your family

VA News – If you’re a Veteran with a permanent and total service-connected disability, your family members may have access to VA-covered care through the Civilian Health and Medical Program of VA (CHAMPVA). What is CHAMPVA? CHAMPVA is a health care benefit program for family members of Veterans with a permanent and total service-connected disability, provided they don’t qualify for TRICARE. CHAMPVA is not an insurance policy, but it shares the cost

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What VA disability compensation can do for you

Many Veterans may not be aware of life-changing benefits they’ve earned through military service, and this outreach kit can help them get the health care benefits they deserve. You may qualify for VA disability compensation for physical and mental health conditions that developed before, during or after service. VA offers disability compensation – a monthly tax-free payment – to Veterans who got sick or injured while serving in the military and to Veterans

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Collaborating with VA Chaplain Services

VA Chaplain Services is another tool in your arsenal for helping care for your loved one and there are VA services that can help in the areas where you’re struggling, and your loved ones will do better as a result. Chaplain coverage is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, particularly in urgent situations or emergencies, and every VA Medical Center (VAMC) has a chapel available for use by

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Don’t let winter woes weigh on your wellness

It’s easy to feel like hibernating all winter, when a seasonal change can trigger significant mood shifts. It’s important to continue your health care during the winter months, however, and the VA’s many virtual care options can help. You can have video telehealth visits for physical health concerns or meet with a mental health provider, which can be especially important during winter months. learn more  

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Don’t hesitate to have those difficult conversations about suicide

Suicide behavior is universal, and it knows no boundaries. It is not a personal issue, it’s a societal issue, and it’s everyone’s business and responsibility. If you know someone who is suffering, be there. Be a good human. Put them ahead of yourself. The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline offers 24/7 calls, texts and chat access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing suicidal, substance use, mental health crisis,