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National Cholesterol Education Month

September is National Cholesterol Education Month and the Washington DC VA Medical Center is spreading awareness about the importance of monitoring your cholesterol levels.

Wellness Wednesday graphic with a photo of Washington DC VA Medical Center’s Clinical Nutrition Manager, Shraddha Pawar next to her quote that reads: “We all slip up on our journey to a healthier lifestyle. The important thing is that you pick yourself up and keep going.”

Music Unites Staff and Veterans At Washington DC VA Medical Center

The Washington DC VA Medical Center’s Chaplain Service offers many ways for Veterans to connect with spiritual care, staff and other Veterans.

On this week’s Wellness Wednesday, Chaplain Cheryl Jones shares how music has united Veterans and staff at the Washington DC VA Medical Center through the Spirituality and the Arts Players.

VA Responds to Monkeypox: DC VA Medical Center Offers Vaccine by Appointment

VA Responds to Monkeypox: DC VA Medical Center Offers Vaccine by Appointment

Monkeypox virus test vials marked positive

101 Year-Old Veteran Shares Memories Of WWII And Returning To Normandy 78 Years Later

WWII Army Veteran, Buddy Reynolds, recently shared his life story with the Washington DC VA Medical Center's Office of Public Affairs. These are his memories that were recorded as a part of the VA's "My Life, My Story" campaign.

WWII Army Veteran Buddy Reynolds smiles for a photo with a Delta Airlines Volunteer in Normandy, France during the 78th Anniversary of D-Day. Reynolds and 28 other WWII Veterans were flown to Normandy for the anniversary of D-Day by the Best Defense Foundation.

Suicide Prevention and Awareness Includes Postvention Efforts

September is designated as Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. The Washington DC VA Medical Center is dedicated to preventing the estimated 22 Veteran deaths caused by suicide every day.

On this week's Wellness Wednesday, Rev. Dr. Cindy Wallace, Co-Lead of the Washington DC VA Medical Center's Suicide Postvention Team, discusses the important role postvention plays in suicide prevention.

Knights of Columbus Keep Veterans Moving with Donation

The Knights of Columbus, Disabled American Veterans chapter, delivered 25 wheelchairs to the Washington DC VA Medical Center on Aug. 23, 2022.

A photo showing 25 wheelchairs that were donated by the DC Knights of Columbus, who are also in the picture. Washington DC VA Medical Center Staff, also pictured, were on hand to receive the donation.

Department of Veterans Affairs Teams Up With Students To Host Blood Drive

The Student Leadership Council partnered with the Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD) to host a blood drive on Aug. 19, 2022, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office in Washington DC.

Mahitha Anumola, a member of the Student Leadership Council, donates blood at the Department of Veteran Affairs Central Office in Washington, DC.

National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and a great reminder to make sure you are up to date on all your vaccinations.

On this week's Wellness Wednesday, Dr. Richard Brooks discusses the importance of vaccines during National Immunization Awareness Month.

Washington DC VA Medical Center Earns Gold Seal of Approval

The Washington DC VA Medical Center earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.

A burgundy border surrounds the words Wellness Wednesday, Motivating and partnering with Veterans to Live Whole Health. A photo of Dr. Katharine Harper, the director of adult reconstruction at the DC VA Medical Center, sits next to her quote which reads:

Adventure Buddies: Sammie and Sofie

In honor of National Service Dog Appreciation week, Sofie the guide dog and her owner, Air Force Veteran Sammie Clay, share their story.

A photograph of Air Force Veteran Sammie Clay talking to her standard poodle guide dog, Sofie, during a visit to the Women's Health Clinic at the Washington DC VA Medical Center on August 9, 2022.