Friday, March 29, 2019

What's your GI Bill story?

What's your GI Bill story?
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What's Your GI Bill Story?
Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the GI Bill into law, changing the lives of generations of American Veterans and their families. Since 1944, an estimated 25 million American Veterans have used the GI Bill to pay for education, buy a home, and pursue vocational training.
We want to know YOUR GI Bill story!
As we celebrate this historic anniversary and recognize the important impact the GI Bill continues to have in Veterans' lives, we also want to HEAR FROM YOU! Create and share your personal video of how the GI Bill helped you get an education, buy a house, or impacted your life. Videos will be posted daily to VA's 75th Anniversary webpage.
It's easy to provide a video. Just visit and follow the simple instructions. We'll be featuring stories through June 22, 2019 as VA celebrates this important milestone.
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

My HealtheVet Update | March 27, 2019

Get Fit This Spring | Vietnam Veterans Health | Better Lunch | Sleep Better | Understanding Pain | Make Online Appts

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Update: March 27, 2019

Five Tips to Get Fit This Spring

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Hibernation is over – time to get active

Spring's in the air, even in those parts of the country that have seen flooding and snowstorms. There's never a bad time to get into good shape, but there's something about the renewal of spring that really brings out that urge. If you're looking to spring into shape and shed those unwanted pounds, get out your walking shoes. We've got five tips for getting started.
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We Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans

Friday, March 29, is National Vietnam War Veterans Day, when we honor the sacrifices of Veterans who served, as well as their families. If you served during the Vietnam War era, you may be at risk of certain health conditions. Understanding these needs will allow you to receive better care. Learn more.
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Packing a Lunch: Healthy Food to Go

Spring is the perfect season to head outdoors and enjoy lunch. We know it's tempting to have coffee for breakfast and then fast food for lunch. But for those looking to save time, money, and calories during their lunch break, VA has 10 easy tips to power up your meal, so you feel re-energized and fulfilled, without the midday food coma. Learn more.
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Get Back to Sleep

If you're a Veteran and have trouble falling or staying asleep, you're not alone. Almost half of Veterans currently enrolled in VA Health Care have insomnia. It can affect every part of your life, including your physical and mental health. VA created Path to Better Sleep to help you improve your sleep at home. Learn more.
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Understanding Acute and Chronic Pain

Is your pain acute or chronic? Understanding the difference between the two is very important when planning pain-management strategies. How pain is defined can help you learn to control it better. Learn more.
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Scheduling Your Appointment Online

Have you scheduled a health care appointment online through My HealtheVet? Veterans across the country can manage their appointments online. This easy tool allows you to self-schedule or even cancel many types of VA health care appointments. Learn more.

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and (PRESS 1). Learn more.
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Innovative treatment for Vets with Type 2 diabetes

Updates from the Veterans Health Administration
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03/26/2019 10:00 AM EDT
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VA establishes a public-private partnership to help meet the needs of our Veterans with creative and innovative ideas. Here's a new important partnership that will benefit Veterans with Type 2 diabetes.
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Monday, March 18, 2019

VA Canteen and ShopVCS

Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) is excited to announce a new benefit. On November 13 2018, VCS is launched, an online shopping site exclusively available to Veterans and their families.

Veterans enrolled in VA Healthcare are able to shop VCS online at This new exclusive shopping experience offers deals on thousands of products from hundreds of top brands with the ability to easily and securely shop from any device. The site features an expanded catalog of products to include: Veteran-Owned brands, Made-in-USA items, military items, sportswear, jewelry, health and beauty, home goods, electronics, outdoor gear, travel options, event tickets, and much more.

Registration is free and Veterans enrolled in VA and their family members eligible to register at as authorized customers.  Proceeds from your purchases are given back to the Veteran community in support of VA programs such as: National Rehabilitation Adaptive Sports Games, Vets Crisis Suicide Prevention, Fisher House, Women Veteran Programs, National Disaster Relief, Homeless Veterans programs, and much more.

I really appreciate your help!  Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Thank you very much!

Stacy Papachrisanthou
Director, Marketing & Communications
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

My HealtheVet Update | March 13, 2019

Checking for Cancer | Stroke and Age | PTSD App | Diabetics' Meals | Track Allergies | Your X-rays Online | Prepare for Spring

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Five Questions You Should Ask

Being diagnosed with colon cancer, as with any disease, is scary. When detected early, it's highly treatable and preventable with regular colonoscopies starting at age 50. Having open discussions with your health care team is important. Here are five questions to ask your doctor. Learn more.
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Luke Perry: Risk of Stroke at Any Age

Many people were surprised by actor Luke Perry's sudden death at age 52 due to stroke on March 4. While it's not yet clear what type of stroke he had, doctors say 80 percent of strokes are preventable with lifestyle changes. Learn about the types of stroke and how you can reduce your risk.
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Healthy Eating for Diabetics

If you have diabetes, eating healthy can help control your blood sugar. A diabetic-friendly diet means eating nutritious foods in small amounts and sticking to regular mealtimes. A diabetes diet is best for almost everyone. VA has simple ways to build a healthy eating plan. Learn more.
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PTSD Coach App: Help at Your Fingertips

Anyone can get PTSD after living through or seeing a traumatic event, such as combat or a bad accident. Seeking professional treatment is the best thing you can do if you think you have PTSD. To know more about PTSD, available treatments, and ways to manage symptoms, VA offers the PTSD Coach mobile app. Learn more.
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Track Your Seasonal Allergies Online

While many welcome spring's warmer weather, allergy sufferers know all too well that it can bring discomfort. If you're already dreading the return of sneezing, sniffles, and itchy, watery or dry eyes, take steps to keep your symptoms from ruining your spring. My HealtheVet can help you keep track of your allergies and adverse reactions. Learn more.
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X-rays Online with My HealtheVet

Use the VA Medical Images and Reports feature to access your X-rays, MRIs, and more. Instead of traveling to a VA facility to pick up copies of images and reports in-person, access them from the comfort of home. Learn more.
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Springtime is Flood Time. Prepare Now

As we prepare for spring's unpredictable weather, many U.S. states are facing potential floods and tornadoes. It's advised you get all of your health care needs and records ready before you find yourself in an emergency when you have to evacuate. My HealtheVet's online tools can help Veterans stay safe this spring season. Learn more.

Learn where you can get your flu shot today!

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