serving america's veterans

VA’s Commitment to Veterans Will Never Cease

As the year winds down, the VA is taking a moment to reflect on the work that VA’s public servants have done in 2022 to fulfill its mission to serve Veterans and their families, caregivers and survivors as well as they have served our country. In a new report, “Serving America’s Veterans,” the VA lays out an overview of its major accomplishments for Veterans in 2022, including: Providing more

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Military Family lives with Faith, Hope, Love, and Prayers

As an Officer with the 720th Military Police Battalion, Capt. Luis Avilla served five combat tours throughout Iraq and Afghanistan. Besides relying on a life of service, his family relies on a life of faith and prayers. “We are so grateful to our military family and everything they do. We appreciate military medicine, the pioneers of casualty care, as many of our combat wounded and ill wouldn’t have a life without

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Tiny shelters one solution to Veteran homelessness

Veterans’ requests for VA to host “tiny shelters” has evolved into a new care delivery model offering big potential. The crisis is especially dire in Los Angeles, where there are more Veterans experiencing homelessness than anywhere else in America. VA encourages all Veterans to learn about and be a part of all the programs we have to offer. No matter what a Veteran is going through, we promise to find solutions

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Two Utah National Guard Soldiers to compete in the 2022 Olympics

Spc. Benjamin Loomis and Spc. Jasper Good are two Utah National Guard Soldiers going to China as part of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Nordic Combined Team competing in Beijing in February. This will be both Loomis’ and Good’s second winter Olympic games, having previously competed in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Both athletes have been competing in the 2021-2022 FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Europe leading up to the announcement

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DHA Spearheads Effort for Working Dog Research Collaboration

Military Working Dogs provide a critical force protection capability and are an important force multiplier for the combatant commander, and the Defense Health Agency’s Veterinary Service is at the forefront of the effort to develop and foster working dog knowledge sharing and research. Military working dogs have been a valuable part of the U.S. armed forces and have been officially recognized since WWII. In the past, these dogs could warn troops

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VA doctor perform revolutionary “awake” hand surgeries

VA surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Baker performed the first ever ‘awake’ carpal tunnel surgery at the Charlotte VA Health Care Center, a 10-15 minute procedure that can help a lot of Veterans. Baker, who will operate out of Charlotte one day per month, performed five cases on his opening day in Charlotte and anticipates doing ten each morning going forward. With more than a third of surgical referrals coming from the Charlotte

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Expecting a Baby? Here’s How TRICARE Can Help

You just learned you’re going to be a mom. Congratulations – this is a happy and exciting milestone in your life. But you may also feel nervous about what comes next, and that’s okay. New mothers often have questions about their health care coverage & what they can do to promote a healthy pregnancy. TRICARE provides access to maternity care resources and services to help mothers and their babies get the


Best Practices for Bedside Teaching

Patients who learn about their health and medical care are better at improving their well-being, and well-educated patients can lead to better compliance with treatment plans and improve outcomes. Using best practices will enhance the patient’s comprehension of their condition and prevent or minimize complications from their chronic disease. Respiratory therapists providing bedside care should incorporate patient education during that time. learn more  


Exploring the latest trends for Inhaled Pulmonary Vasodilators

The delivery of inhaled pulmonary vasodilators (iPVD) and its ability to affect pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) without impacting the systemic vasculature has produced improvements in both morbidity and mortality in patients. Today, targeted PVR therapy comes in several forms. To appreciate the current state of iPVDs, we will review the current knowledge of vascular tone modulation and the available pharmacological agents used. Therefore, considerations in providing this service should include the individual

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Combined Noninvasive Respiratory Support Therapies to Treat COVID-19

A recent study evaluated the impact of a noninvasive respiratory support algorithm on clinical outcomes in subjects with COVID-19 and with acute respiratory failure. From June to December 2020, 113 subjects with COVID-19 respiratory failure were admitted to a respiratory intermediate care unit, where a total of 83 subjects (73.45%) were successfully treated with noninvasive respiratory support. This data showed that combined noninvasive respiratory support was feasible, with favorable outcomes.