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The BAT-L uses novel forensic interview techniques to evaluate TBI in post-9/11 Veterans

Mild traumatic brain injuries are not visible, not readily identified, and often overlooked.

Photo: Students in the Army Combat Medic Specialist Training Program at the Medical Education and Training Campus, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, conduct a concussion evaluation. (Photo by Lisa Braun, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston)

Meet Belle

German Shorthaired Pointers typically aren’t the breed you think of when you hear about police dogs.

K9 Belle, VA Boston Healthcare System Police, and Sgt. Sergeant Nathan Dufault, a lead police officer and dog handler for Belle at VA Boston's Brockton campus, Oct. 25, 2022. (VA Boston HCS photo by Deirdre Salvas)

Veteran Profile: Kevin Walker

Navy Veteran Kevin Walker served as a surgical technician.

Photo: Navy Veteran Kevin Walker has been working towards a degree in computer science, but is dependent on hemodialysis treatments three times weekly for his survival. His best chance is to find a living kidney donor. (Photo provided courtesy of Kevin Walker)

Fostering connection: Museum of Fine Arts Access to Art Program

The 2022 Healthcare for Homeless Veterans, or HCHV, Excellence in Advocacy Award was presented to five members of the Museum of Fine Arts’ Access to Art Program during the VA Boston Healthcare System’s sixth annual Community Partners Appreciation Ceremony, June 23, 2022, at the Brockton VA Campus.

Photo: The reflection of Sixto Escobar, an Air Force Veteran, is seen in a mirror that is part of an art installation at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, June 24, 2022, in Boston, Mass. The installation is for the Portraits of Leadership Community Project, which will be on display from Sept. 2 through Oct. 30, 2022. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass.)

Community residential care team helps Veteran residents recover from fire

In the early morning hours of Feb. 22, 2022, a fire broke out at the Acorn Hill Home in Middleboro, Mass., because of an unattended candle in a bedroom.

From left to right: Jason McCall VA Boston Healthcare System social worker, Grishelda Hogan,  VA Boston HCS Peace, Acceptance, Transformation and Honor program coordinator, Sheila Offley, Acorn Hill staff, Olafur Petursson and Margret Gudmundsson, Acorn Hill co-owners, Elena Buckley, assistant director for the VA Boston HCS Brockton campus, James Scannell and Richard Davis, Acorn Hill residents and VA Boston HCS Veteran patients, and Susan Morales, VA Boston HCS social worker.

Rideshare program wins American Spirit Award

Congratulations to Charles Franklin, whose rideshare program received an American Spirit Award at the 76th Annual VAVS National Advisory Committee Meeting and Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Photo of Charles Franklin, innovation project manager at the VA New England Center for Innovation Excellence, who developed a rideshare program for Veterans while at the VA Boston Healthcare System.

VA Health Connect launches at VA Boston -- Get immediate help by calling 800-865-3384

Starting Monday, April 18, 2022, the VA Boston Healthcare System launches a single toll-free number, 1-800-865-3384, to connect Veterans to dedicated and aligned clinical and administrative staff 24/7.

Photo of smiling Veteran with smartphone.