One of VA's ongoing missions is to provide a positive health care experience for all Veterans. That mission includes focusing on Veterans' needs, working with health care providers who want to make a difference, and providing a safe healing environment.
Below are some stories from both Veterans and VA health care providers that illustrate the many ways VA is committed to creating a positive health care experience:
Rodolfo Barrios-Quiñones is an Army Veteran working for the VA Caribbean Healthcare System, he is the Medical Photographer for Medical Media Production Service. Rodolfo is very active working with Veterans, he is a Facilitator for the Mental Health - Whole Health Program. This year he worked on the “Taking Charge of my Life and Health” course, as well as the “Recreational Therapy Mindful Photography for Veterans”. His role in both courses was as lead instructor. Rodolfo wanted to share his story on what made him quit smoking, hoping this would help other Veterans like him take that important step in their life.
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Air Force Veteran Donald Underwood has pre-diabetes but has learned to manage his condition through one of two courses offered through VA San Diego Healthcare System.
Underwood is part of the Intensive Diabetes Prevention Program that educates Veterans on various topics to help avoid the onset of type 2 diabetes. Some of the topics include eating healthy without giving up favorite foods, making the best choices when dining out, learning how to prepare meals that nourish, physical activity tips, dealing with stress, overcoming barriers, coping with challenges, and much more.