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

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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VA Pittsburgh To Open New Outpatient Clinic in Monroeville

On April 16, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) awarded a $92 million build-to-suit lease for a VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) near the Monroeville Mall Macy’s department store on Mall Circle Drive in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

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VA Pittsburgh Doctors Supporting One Another - 2021 Outstanding Physicians of the Year

Drs. Gaetan Sgro and Elizabeth Hakas are VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s 2021 Outstanding Physicians of the Year.

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“Take two apps and call me in the morning” - Mobile Mental Health Apps for Veterans

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System staff are working to reach more Veterans using mobile mental health apps.

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