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James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center - Altoona, PA

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Elderly man and woman on a couch look at a laptopExplore Long Term Services, Supports--Just in Case
Explore your long term care services and supports now, while you don't need them. Personal proactive planning can provide you peace of mind for yourself and those you care about.
ACA Health careHow ACA Affects Vets
Portions of the Affordable Care Act take effect next year. Veterans receiving VA health care will not see any change in benefits or costs. Many Veterans without health insurance are eligible for VA health care.
Sample WebsiteWe've Re-Designed Our Entire Website for One Reaso
Our new look is designed to help you easily and quickly access information with intuitive and easy-to-use navigation. This website our front door, and we want you to feel welcome.
Man Falling Asleep at ComputerGet The Facts About Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which there are one or more pauses in breathing, or shallow breaths while you sleep. These pauses can last from a few seconds to several minutes and can occur 30 times or more an hour.
E-DonateE-Donate Is Simple, Speedy, Safe
E-Donate, a new online donation option at the VAMC provides community members who wish to give back to Veterans at a VA medical center a simple, safe way to pledge their support to the account of their choice.
Heart Shaped Vegetable TrayFood is Good Medicine
Scientific evidence has long proven this concept to be true. Unfortunately, the temptations of soda, cake, candy, snack chips, chocolate and other high calorie foods often steer us towards serious health problems.
Reflection of a Vietnam Veterans of America representative in the Wall that Heals.The Wall that Heals - Restoring the Honor for Future Generations
The Wall that Heals is a half sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The wall has been on permanent display for ten years at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center and is receiving a facelift.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Medical Technologist Dionne Hockett operates the new BioFire Blood Culture Identification system New Blood Culture ID System Improves Care for Vets
VA's Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has a new system that lets doctors find harmful microorganisms in blood samples in just a few hours vs. three days with the old method.
National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.

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