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Read about what's happening in our VA Alaska health care community.

Anchorage, Alaska – March signals the beginning of spring, and brings an opportunity to celebrate Social Work Month to recognize and applaud the dedicated professionals who play a vital role in supporting individuals through various life challenges.

Robyn Claytor, a Social Worker with the Alaska VA Healthcare System Domiciliary on a hike at Barbara Falls, Eagle River, AK.

Anchorage, Alaska - The Department of Veterans Affairs conducts various outreach programs to engage women veterans.

Veterans, employees, and dignitaries gathered in the atrium to celebrate the naming of the Alaska VA Clinic after Col. Mary Louise Rasmuson. (AVAHS)

Anchorage, Alaska – Alaska's breathtaking views and robust veteran support systems are attractive, yet the unique challenges, such as the high cost of living, harsh winters, and limited connectivity, have spurred the Alaska Veterans Healthcare System to focus efforts on solutions for its veterans.

Camille Irvine, Registered Dietitian at the Alaska VA Healthcare System is using VA Video Connect to explain healthy eating choices at the Col. Mary Louise Rasmuson Campus Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023, in Anchorage, AK. (AVAHS)

“I knew for a fact that I couldn’t cook but taking this class and learning the panty, the spices, how to cook healthy instead of doing ready-meals and going out to eat is so easy and fun”

Air Force Veteran Lisa Pugh (left) works with Alaska VA Healthcare’s dietician Camille Irvine (right) to sort through ingredients for Healthy Teaching Kitchen

“I felt for once in my life I could see everything in color,” says Army Veteran Sean Young, “Taking the sunglasses off, I could see life for what it’s worth.” Young is an alumni of the Veteran Justice Outreach program.

Veteran Sean Young with his guitar collection.

Don't wait, make sure you're protected in time for flu season.

Veteran receiving flu shot at drive-thru clinic

“Anytime I wear feminine clothes it makes me feel good, I feel comfortable…it’s like going from a tunnel and into the light,” says Air Force Veteran Marí Lynn.

Veteran Mari Lynn profile

“I couldn’t even lay in my own bed, I had to sleep on the couch,” says Air Force Veteran Robert Snickers, “the care I’ve gotten has been helpful because I’m now able to do activities, whether it’s running the chainsaw or going hunting.”

Chiropractor gives Veteran an adjustment