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VA Nurse uses Air Force training, medical background to render first aid to critically injured motorcyclist

OMAHA, Neb. – Wednesday, May 8, was ending pretty much like every other day for Stephanie Kelnhofer, a registered nurse who works as a mental health case manager at the Omaha VA Medical Center: In traffic and in a rush.

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Grand Island Volunteers Honored by VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – Nineteen Grand Island area residents were honored by Grand Island VA Medical Center and VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System leaders, May 7, for achieving significant volunteer milestones.


VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System staff reach out to Veterans following historic tornado outbreak

OMAHA, Neb. – In the aftermath of a catastrophic tornado outbreak that hit multiple communities in and around Omaha, Friday, April 26, 2024, members of VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (VA NWIHCS) reached out to offer aid and support to Veterans affected by the disaster.

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More than 200 Veterans attend Fremont PACT Act Claims Clinic in April

Two-day event gives Veterans opportunity to learn about new law and VA benefits, begin VA claims process

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An Unconquerable Spirit: The Legacy of World War II Veteran Bennie Jones, Sr. and His Family

On April 13, 2024, a local Veteran who has lived a lifetime of service while overcoming numerous challenges was honored on his 102nd birthday at the VA Community Living Center at Midlands Hospital in Papillion, Nebraska, where he was surrounded by family, friends, and lots of love.

Veteran Birthday

VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System kicks off annual National Salute to Veterans Week with music, Valentines and treats

OMAHA, Neb. — Veterans receiving care at the Omaha VA Medical Center received a rare musical treat on Monday, Feb. 12, as VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (VA NWIHCS) kicked off its annual National Salute to Veteran Patients Week in high style.

Offutt Band

Beating Heart Failure: Proactive Measures for a Healthier Life

OMAHA, Neb. - Heart failure, a condition affecting the heart's ability to pump blood effectively, is a concern for many individuals.

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Preying on Patriots: The Growing Threat of Scams Against Veterans

With scams targeting Veterans seeking benefits becoming a serious nationwide problem, Federal law enforcement officials are working tirelessly to shed light on the complexities of these cases while providing crucial advice for Veterans.

Preying on Patriots

From Battles to Benefits: Stand Down's Commitment to Helping Veterans

OMAHA, Neb. – VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (VANWIHCS) joined forces with the University of Nebraska Omaha and other community partners Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, when it hosted its annual Veteran Stand Down at UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center.

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Redefining Healthcare Spaces: The ACC Wins the AIA National Design Award

OMAHA, Neb. -- In the architectural world, few honors are as revered as the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Central States National Design Award. A testament to innovation and pushing the boundaries of design, it's an accolade that truly sets the bar in the industry.

ACC at the Omaha VAMC