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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

New Program Empowers Community Providers

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System staff are now training community health care providers to help Vietnam-era Veterans on hospice who may be struggling with PTSD, moral injury or thoughts of suicide.

Community providers receive VA Pittsburgh training  to help Vietnam-era Veterans on hospice who may be struggling with PTSD, moral injury or thoughts of suicide.

New Sim Center Improves Veterans Health Care

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's new state-of-the-art simulation center serves a critical role in improving Veterans health care.

Grand opening guests view an emergence delirium simulation.

3D Printing Longtime Staple of VAPHS Research Lab

Last week, VA engineers at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) participated in North America's most influential 3D printing event in Detroit.

An engineer retrieves a 3D-printed object from a 3D printer.

VA nurse gives a family the chance to say goodbye

Swift action taken by VA nurse Karen Brodlo prolonged the life of an elderly woman.

VA nurse gives family a chance to say goodbye

All In one breath

Veterans scheduled for compensation and pension (C&P) exams at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's H.J. Heinz III campus can literally breathe a sigh of relief with the addition of same-day pulmonary function tests (PFTs).

VA Pittsburgh respiratory therapists demonstrate how a pulmonary function test is given.

Loss is common human experience

"You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair." -- Old Chinese Proverb

Photo of a white heart and a placeholder in the sand in the shape of a heart

Great reasons to connect with friends

Socializing can provide many benefits to your physical and mental health.

Photo of three middle aged women, multicultural, laughing together

Team provides health care for transgender Veterans

At VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, an all-volunteer team of experts provides medical and psychological care to transgender Veterans throughout the VISN 4 service area.

Shown are some members of the VA Pittsburgh Health Care system Interdisciplinary Transgender Treatment Team