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In the spotlight at VA Pittsburgh

VA Pittsburgh Chief of Staff Joins National Veterans’ Research Nonprofit Board

The Board of Directors of the National Association of Veterans' Research and Education Foundations (NAVREF) in September announced the election of VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) Chief of Staff Dr. Ali Sonel to their board of directors.

Dr. Ali Sonel

Care for LGBTQ+ Veterans

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is honored to serve all who served, including LGBTQ+ Veterans.

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Creative Arts Show Goes Virtual

The 2021 VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Creative Arts Show has gone virtual this year.

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New Ways of Managing Cancer – VA Pittsburgh to Open Integrative Oncology Clinic

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System will open an integrative oncology clinic this summer at its University Drive campus.

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The future of medicine is in your genes. We need your help.

Fifteen minutes and a blood draw are all it takes to make a lasting difference.

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A fitting legacy: 3,455 Homeless Veterans Helped – and Counting

During the Veterans Health Administration’s 75th Anniversary, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System looks back on those who pioneered its Homeless Veterans Program and Domiciliary. The Domiciliary’s continued success in helping Veterans shows some problems can be solved without medicine.

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Holly Monahan is Caregiver Proud

Caregiving is tough but rewarding. One Veteran’s mother helps her son thrive with assistance from VA’s Caregiver Support Program.

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Motorcycles and Mechanical Legs – Marine Corps Veteran Walks with New Prosthesis

Marine Corps Veteran and Bethel Park native Jim Mechenbier hopes to ride his motorcycle again with his own two legs – one flesh and one prosthetic.

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A Living Bond – Where Are They Now: Army Veteran and Daughter One Year After Transplant

Army Veteran Timothy Yablonski received a portion of liver from his stepdaughter Alyssa Last in 2020, making history as VA’s first living-donor liver transplant.

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Ompractice: Free Online Yoga and Wellness Therapy for Veterans, Caregivers, Staff and Volunteers

VA Pittsburgh has partnered with Ompractice to provide Veterans, caregivers, staff and volunteers with unlimited access to free livestreamed yoga, tai chi/qigong, Pilates, meditation, children’s classes and more.

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