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VA expands health care eligibility to millions of Veterans

(March 5, 2024) By Leanna Wells BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — To support more veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs expanded their healthcare eligibility.

VA announces largest healthcare expansion

(March 7, 2024) By Joe Thompson Huntingdon Daily News The Veteran’s Administration has announced one of the largest ever expansions of veteran healthcare

Soldier, Van Zandt resident recalls time stationed in Vietnam

Pressler, others receive certificates for National Salute to Veteran Patients Week (Feb. 15, 2024) By William Kibler, Altoona Mirror

Nutrition Courses offered through the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center

(March 13) ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — March is National Nutrition Month, and the food and diet team over at the James E Van Zandt VA Medical Center is here to tell us how they’re celebrating as well as some opportunities and resources that veterans can take advantage of through their programs.

Amanda Hite, Laura Vasbinder, Chef Rubin Collins, standing in Altoona VAMC's Healthy Test Kitchen

James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center to hold enrollment fair at Duncansville VFW

(Feb. 7, 2024) By Morgan Koziar ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — The James E Van Zandt VA Medical Center is hosting an enrollment fair at the Duncansville VFW on Saturday February 10th from 9am-1pm.

James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center helping homeless veterans in the 814

(Jan. 23, 2024) By Rebecca Petner ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — Studio 814’s Rebecca Petner sits down with Jesse Morgret, the homeless veteran case manager at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center to talk about how they are helping homeless veterans across 14 counties in Pennsylvania.

James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center celebrates Veteran Patients Week

(Feb. 14, 2024) By Aaron Marrie ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — The James E. Van Zandt Medical Center is spending the second week of February recognizing veterans in honor of Veteran Patients Week.

Exposure to toxins gives vets free care

(March 6, 2024) By William Kibler, Staff Writer, Altoona Mirror Veterans exposed to hazardous substances during their time in the service became eligible Tuesday to enroll for full and free VA health care coverage without having to demonstrate they were harmed by the exposure.

Just launched: all-new James E. Van Zandt VAMC website

Great news! James E. Van Zandt VAMC has just launched a new website that will give you better service and an easier online experience.

Graphic image of the James E. Van Zandt VANC's new internet homepage

Altoona VA Police Promotes Four Officers


The departments newest Lieutenants Melanie Rininger, Harold Persson, Charles Bassett, and Warren Edward