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VA study on whether dogs can heal vets with PTSD has critics

Posted April 22, 2016 by Allen G. Breed

Army veteran Joe Aguirre opens a restaurant door, then steps aside to let his golden retriever take point. “Clear,” Aguirre commands, and 3-year-old Munger pivots right, left, then right again, sweeping the room for potential threats. “`He’s basically looking for … anything that would be out of the ordinary. A bag. A particular weapon. People…

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VA announces new partnerships, collaboration

Posted July 20, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs July 18 announced partnerships and collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, IBM and Bombas. The three, distinct, relationships are a part of the MyVA Strategic Partnership Initiative, which aims to work together with external organizations to improve the delivery and access of care for veterans. The announcement of the three new…

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Bataan Death March survivor, artist Ben Steele dies at 98

Posted September 28, 2016 by

Ben Steele’s hold on his sanity as a prisoner of war after surviving the Bataan Death March relied on hidden scraps of paper, stolen pieces of charcoal and his artist’s memory of scenes from his home in Montana. “I used to dream about Montana more than anything else, more than I did food — and…

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Photograph courtesy of Joe Danyo
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Rarely told Pearl Harbor stories of female military nurses

Posted November 28, 2016 by Katie Lange

Photograph courtesy of Winnie Woll Pearl Harbor nurse Teresa Stauffer in her formal Army attire in the early 1940s. Teresa Stauffer Foster was strolling through a garden near Hawaii’s Tripler Hospital on a quiet Sunday morning when a low-flying plane approached. The pilot waved in her direction, so naturally, the Army nurse waved back. A…

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VA study highlights benefits of enhanced aspirin in preventing certain cancers

Posted March 1, 2017 by

Researchers know of aspirin’s benefits in preventing certain ailments — from cardiovascular disease to most recently colorectal cancer. But while the link to those two conditions was made, researchers also questioned how and if this “wonder drug” could work to ward off other types of cancers.  Thanks to a team led by Dr. Vinod Vijayan…

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VA adopts American Cancer Society mammogram screening guidelines

Posted May 10, 2017 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced May 9 it is adopting American Cancer Society breast cancer screening guidelines that give women a choice to begin screening at age 40. The guidelines also recommend starting yearly mammograms by age 45 and then every other year from age 55. The guidelines apply to women at average risk…

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Marine Corps photograph by Lance Cpl. Charles Plouffe
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U.S., Japan honor lives lost in the Battle of Okinawa

Posted June 27, 2017 by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Charles Plouffe

Marine Corps photograph by Lance Cpl. Charles Plouffe Okinawa residents pay their respects at the Cornerstone of Peace memorial wall during the Okinawa Memorial Day service at Peace Memorial Park, Itoman, Japan, June 23, 2017. The memorial walls are inscribed with more than 240,000 names of people who died in the Battle of Okinawa, regardless…

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Life with Lizzy

Posted November 3, 2017 by Whitney Delbridge Nichels

How a service dog is helping one combat veteran reconnect The saying goes “all dogs go to heaven,” but for many service dogs, their time on Earth is spent helping people who have seen more than the average human being. Such is the case for Army Master Sgt. Leigh Michel and her service dog Lizzy….

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DOD photograph by D. Myles Cullen
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From World War II to Afghanistan: USO Marks 75th Anniversary

Posted February 10, 2016 by Jim Garamone

Talk about the United Service Organizations and people think it is some holding company. But mention USO, and all Americans know it is a way for them to connect with service members.

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Navy photograph by PO2 Mark Andrew Hays
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Mayport, Fla., remembers fallen shipmates at Stark Memorial

Posted May 20, 2016 by Smn. Michael Lopez

Sailors held a ceremony of remembrance at Naval Station Mayport, May 17, to honor Sailors who were killed aboard guided-missile frigate USS Stark (FFG 31) 29 years ago.

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