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Medal of Honor recipient and poet Major John J. Duffy

Every year, on March 25, the nation comes together to honor the recipients of the Medal of Honor, the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force. We take a moment to recognize the courage and sacrifice of those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Green Beret Veteran, Major John J. Duffy

Remembering one of the oldest surviving Bataan Death March and POW Veterans Andres Bonilla Cudal

On November 2, 1941, Andres Bonilla Cudal enlisted in the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE), a military formation of the United States Army located on the islands of the Philippines that was active from 1941 to 1946.

Andres Bonilla Cudal, one of the oldest surviving Bataan Death March and POW Veterans

Empowering the next generation through VA Palo Alto’s internship initiative

At VA Palo Alto, 2 internship programs are shaping the future of health care research and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Internship students are gaining valuable experience in lab work

Learn how to manage stress and its hidden impacts on your body

We all experience stress ranging from everyday hassles to major life changes. Your body’s response to stress is often designed to protect you.

Woman practicing meditation under a large tree in park

VA Palo Alto partners with local nonprofit for huge donation

Alice Kong recently donated $250,000 worth of PepsiCo products to VA Palo Alto health care.

Alice Kong and Evan Fasbinder with pallets of donations

Veterans VELO Group takes on California Challenge

On the morning of October 17, 2022, Veterans Karie Fuentes, Brian Menorath, Cale Shields, Brian Whitmer, and their Recreational Therapist Joseph Yang started their 64-mile cycle ride from Santa Cruz to Carmel, CA.

Members of the VELO group

Naloxone prescription can save lives, reversing opioid overdoses

The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that more than 1 in 10 Veterans who seek care at VA meet the criteria to be diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder.

Narcan Naloxone Two Pack

Tales from a teenage volunteer

My name is Alexander Bhargava, and I am a 15-year-old student. I had the great chance to volunteer at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto over the course of this summer, and I wanted to share my wonderful experience with others in hopes to interest other students to volunteer in a hospital setting.

Alexander Bhargava spent the summer volunteering at VA Palo Alto and shares his story

Fisher House supports 45 years of endless love

Over the years, Fisher House Foundation has continuously supported military and Veteran families whose loved ones are in the hospital, free of charge. Several hospitals within the Department of Veterans Affairs are fortunate enough to have a Fisher House on their campuses.

Karen Maxey sitting on a bench in front of the VA Palo Alto Fisher House

Air Force Veteran celebrates 105th birthday

Air Force Veteran Roman Johnnie Bridges celebrated his 105th birthday on September 14, 2022, in Modesto, CA, surrounded by family and friends.

Air Force Veteran Roman Johnnie Bridges at his home in Modesto, CA, celebrating his 105th birthday.