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Donations Connect Families Via Video Calls

Veterans who receive care at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System can now visit family and loved ones safely using video calls. The video calls were made possible partly thanks to the generosity of a McKees Rocks charity and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Tablet computer.

Sim Educator’s MacGyver-Inspired Training Props Conserve Critical Resources

Though not dodging bullets, bombs or bad guys like Angus “Mac” MacGyver of TV legend before him, Jose Perez saw a need for something and invented it.

Nurse with face mask.

VA Volunteer and Vietnam Veteran Recalls Dog Handling Days

PITTSBURGH -- It’s been more than four years since volunteer and Vietnam Veteran Edward McClouds walked into VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s Oakland hospital and sensed it was where he needed to be.

Vietnam era soldier and dog.

Jake Notovitz going strong at 92

Over at least the last quarter century, volunteer Jacob (Jake) Notovitz of Wilkinsburg has been as much a fixture at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System as the flags flying over each of the medical center's two main campuses.

Veteran posing with his medallion

VA’s End Harassment Campaign Presented at Pitt

A Louisiana-based Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) physician spoke to private health care providers in September at Montefiore Hospital about VA’s campaign to end gender-based harassment in health care.

A female presenter shows images on a screen to a room of participants.

Stroke Survivor:'Time is Brain'

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and the Veterans Research Foundation of Pittsburgh hosted stroke survivor, author and advocate Ted Baxter to celebrate World Stroke Day.

veteran meets stroke survivor and author

Battlefield Acupuncture comes to VA Pittsburgh

Veteran Nadine Stanford was in excruciating pain. Twenty minutes later, after a series of 10 small needles were placed in her ear, the pain was gone. Battlefield acupuncture is how it happens.

Battlefield Accupuncture

102-year-old WWII Woman Veteran Served in WAVES

When the Navy called on women to volunteer for shore service during World War II to free up men for duty at sea, 102-year-old Melva Dolan Simon was among the first to raise her hand and take the oath.

Melva waves

A simple gift for a WWII Veteran and his family

A WWII Veteran’s family has never seen a formal picture of him in uniform from his service in the Navy. VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System staff recently banded together to accomplish a seemingly impossible and very special good deed for a Veteran and his family.

U.S. Navy Veteran Mager Ely