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Read about what's happening in our VA Pittsburgh health care community.

Healing the Wounds of Suicide

Even when every preventive effort is made, not every suicide can be stopped. When a Veteran dies by suicide, VA Pittsburgh’s postvention team helps survivors heal.

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High Standards for Low Vision Health – VA Pittsburgh Expands Virtual Care Services for Veterans

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) now uses telehealth to provide Veterans with close-to-home low-vision rehabilitation, a service many have found to be invaluable during COVID-19. It allows Veterans who cannot travel to Pittsburgh to receive care in their own homes or at nearby VA clinics.

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VA Pittsburgh Helps LGBT MST Survivors

The care VA provides for LGBT Veterans who experienced military sexual trauma while serving is very different from the care they may have received from their service branch. A Veteran who receives care at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System tells her story.

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VA Pittsburgh Chaplains Continue Care during COVID-19

Veteran care always comes first at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). Despite many pandemic-related changes, staff in all services, including chaplains, adapted creatively by finding innovative and meaningful ways to continue providing care.

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Mantram Practice Offered for Vets

Mantram repetition practice can help Veterans manage their stress, improve their sleep and manage trauma and anger issues. It’s another facet of Whole Health designed to offer ways for Veterans to practice self-healing.

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A Living Bond – Transplant Between Army Veteran and Daughter is VA’s First

When others were thinking about staying safe from the coronavirus in March, Army Veteran Timothy Yablonski was thinking about staying alive.

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VA Pittsburgh Participates in COVID-19 Plasma Study

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is participating in a nationwide study testing whether antibodies from the plasma of patients who fully recovered from COVID-19 can be used to treat others with the infection.

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‘Everything Usually Comes Back to Respect’ for LGBT+ Veteran Care

As we say goodbye to Pride Month 2020, we’d like to share this in-depth Q&A with our outgoing* LGBT Veteran care coordinator (VCC), Sarah Merlina.

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VAPHS Foreman Fights COVID-19 in New Jersey

Navy Veteran Mary Johnson faced one of the biggest challenges of her six-year career with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) when she volunteered to help a demoralized nursing home staff get back on its feet and save Veterans' lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

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