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VA Rideshare program offers homeless Veterans a lift

Veterans enrolled in VHA’s Homeless Program may be eligible for Rideshare transportation assistance getting to and from their place of employment, healthcare and home following their discharge from care. Rideshare provides expanded transportation to eligible Veterans through a collaborative that uses Uber or Lyft transportation. Rideshare increases employment opportunities, improves access to housing resources and health care, and provides transportation to Veterans being discharged. learn more  

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Take charge of your health – one text at a time

How often do you forget to take your medicine? Do you have an exercise routine? When was the last time you took time for yourself to de-stress and relax? If your answers to those questions made you feel uncomfortable, you’re not alone. Most of us tend to take better care of others than we do ourselves. The VA has a way for #Veterans to take charge of their health – one text


Gerofit – Supervised exercise program for Veterans

Gerofit is a supervised exercise program that promotes health and wellness for Veterans. As a part of Gerofit, Veterans are given a personal exercise program based on their physical profile and goals. Participants have shown improved health, physical function and well-being. Gerofit, which was previously only available to Veterans over the age of 65, is currently open to all Veterans. New research funding empowers VA to extend the program to Veterans


PTSD: Help is Available

PTSD can happen to anyone and the Military Health System can help you get diagnosed and provide evidence-based treatment so you can get your life back. Reach out to your local military hospital or clinic and make an appointment today. learn more  

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National Guard chief details contributions of the force over past year

National Guardsmen more than demonstrated their value to America during 2020, vaccinating 12-million people against COVID-19 while thousands worked throughout the pandemic to care for, feed, transport and help fellow citizens. Twenty-one million refers to the “personnel days” Guardsmen and women served during 2020, including troops deployed around the world in support of the Guard’s primary mission: to fight and win the nation’s wars learn more  

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TRICARE Beneficiaries Ages 12 and Older Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

With emergency use authorization and a 100-percent efficacy rate for this age group, adolescent TRICARE beneficiaries are strongly recommended to get the COVID-19 vaccine and is an important step in ending the pandemic. If you’re a parent with a child who’s now eligible for the vaccine, you may have questions about safety. The FDA has conducted a thorough review of the Pfizer vaccine and determined that its potential benefits outweigh potential

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Reducing the stigma and encouraging mental health care in the military

While the Department of Defense strives to identify and eliminate barriers to care that service members face regarding mental health treatment, stigma remains a significant issue within the military. Eliminating stigma starts with the individual, their immediate network (family, friends, and colleagues), and the broader community understanding that mental health is an element to overall health. Just as you would see your dentist to maintain oral health and a cardiologist to

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Run toward the fire: My journey through mental illness

Air Force Lt. Col. Angelina “Strike” Stephens describes her journey through mental illness and how it has been a part of her Air Force journey. It took a conversation with someone I trust and respect greatly, who also happens to be a mental health professional, to realize that suicide came nearer to defining my own story than I’d been willing to admit. “I’m going to give you one piece of advice,”

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Women Veterans, work and a post-COVID world

The pandemic has changed how we work. It now allows home-based, part-time or more flexible work hours. This new flexibility, however, isn’t without its drawbacks. Even in the best of times, women bear primary responsibility for running their household and managing childcare, schooling and household upkeep along with their jobs. VHA Women’s Health provides a variety of services and resources to help Veterans navigate the range of challenges that can accompany