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Army Veteran Receives Innovative Treatment for Severe Emphysema

For U.S. Army Veteran Larry Turner, the symptoms he experienced from emphysema, a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), severely limited his ability to perform even simple physical tasks.

Mr. Turner (center) with members of Truman VA’s Pulmonology team.

Former World War II POW Celebrates 100th Birthday

Veteran’s Service Remembered on National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Portrait of Robert “Bob” Vickers in his dress uniform during World War II along. Photograph of his Stalag Luft 1 prisoner identification card and dog tag as well has his Army Air Corps dog tag.

We’re Here for You - Be Involved in Your VA Health Care

Have you ever thought about what you want to discuss with your health provider before your appointment? Perhaps who had questions about a medication or a particular test, or maybe you wanted information on managing stress? If so, the Veterans Health Library (VHL) can be an important resource to help you be more involved in your health care.

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National Vietnam War Veterans Day

Marion Bales was a high school senior the day a U.S. Marine Corps vehicle pulled up in front of his parents’ house. His mother immediately broke down in anguish, imagining the worst about his older brother, who was serving in Vietnam.

Marion Bales in Vietnam

Celebrating a World of Flavors

March is National Nutrition Month. You can celebrate this year’s theme, “World of Flavors,” by incorporating different herbs and spices from around the globe into your dishes.

National Nutrition Month

The Four Chaplains

Just after midnight on Feb. 3, 1943, four United States Army chaplains ― Rabbi Alexander Goode, Reverend Clark Poling, Reverend George Fox, and Father John Washington ― made the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of others.

The Four Chaplains

The Great American Smokeout: Light to Intermittent Smokers

Almost a year ago, Mackenzie Wilsoncraft, Facilities Management and U.S. Army Veteran, began making some changes to improve her health.

Photo; woman stands in front of Truman VA's flag drive

Getting Help for Excessive Alcohol Use

Recent research has shown an increase in drinking for many Americans, in part because of stress associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It may be time to consider reducing the amount of alcohol you consume.

Limit Alcohol  Consumption