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08/15/2022 04:00 PM EDT

As a health coach, a common concern I hear is that "my life isn’t balanced.” People refer to a poor "work-life balance,” finding themselves spending more time doing chores than going fishing, noticing that they can’t figure out the "right mix” of exercise to relaxation, and so on. [From VA News]

08/08/2022 04:01 PM EDT

Are you looking for an activity that improves your physical and mental health? Tai Chi, sometimes called a moving meditation, is a simple mind body practice. Tai Chi warm-ups enhance relaxation, calm and focus the mind, improve pain, sleep, posture, strength, flexibility and balance. [From VA News]
08/06/2022 09:01 AM EDT

This month’s author is Navy Veteran Valerie Ormond, who served from 1984 to 2009. Ormond wrote the "Believing In Horses” book series, including "Believing In Horses,” "Believing In Horses, Too,” and "Believing In Horses Out West." She shared career lessons learned to tell fictional stories in her inspirational and motivational Young Adult novels. [From VA News]
08/05/2022 04:01 PM EDT

VA’s Intermediate Care Technician (ICT) program gives Veterans like Mackenzie Beeman the chance to put their military medical training to use. After serving for five years as a healthcare specialist in the U.S. Army, and obtaining an associate’s degree in health sciences, Beeman wasn’t sure she’d be able to find a civilian role that used her skills. [From VA News]
08/04/2022 04:00 PM EDT

As we settle into our summer routines, splashing around at pools and sipping on lemonade, it is important for Veterans and VA employees to remember to stay safe. Summer months can be fun, but historically they have also led to a higher rate of sexual assault. A report issued by the Department of Justice noted that the rates of rape and sexual assault in the summer, on average, were 9% higher than in winter and 10% higher than in fall. [From VA News]
08/04/2022 10:00 AM EDT

Time is a precious commodity for Navy Veteran Rosie Glenn. Telehealth helps. Glenn is the primary caregiver and home-school teacher for her teenage son, who has a disability. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Glenn started meeting with her VA providers through VA Video Connect, VA’s secure videoconferencing app. She then realized just how much time it saved her family. [From VA News]
08/03/2022 09:00 AM EDT

In this episode of PTSD Bytes, host Pearl McGee-Vincent discusses military sexual trauma with Dr. Amy Street, the deputy director of the National Center for PTSD Women’s Health Science Division at Boston VA. [From VA News]
08/02/2022 09:51 AM EDT

You stay on top of your to-do list, but what about your preventive health checklist? Things like regular checkups, screenings and immunizations can help you stay healthy. Common health conditions among women Veterans, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and some cancers, can be more easily treated when caught early. [From VA News]
08/02/2022 05:00 AM EDT

Get the Recruitment & Retention, Employment & Integration, Well Being & Treatment, Servicwomen in the News, Women Veterans, and Upcoming Events DACOWITS news from 07/2022. [From DACOWITS]

08/01/2022 04:01 PM EDT

Close your eyes and picture yourself at a younger age. What kind of music did you like? Did you dance with your sweetheart and your friends? Or maybe you were just a foot tapping kind of person. Regardless, music is a gift that we can enjoy in so many ways. [From VA News]
 

07/28/2022 10:01 AM EDT

The Veterans Crisis Line’s new number—Dial 988 then Press 1—gives Veterans in crisis a shorter, easier-to-remember way to get support as quickly as possible. You don’t need to be an expert to make a difference in the life of a Veteran. Anyone can spread the word. Start by making sure all the Veterans in your life know about this new number. [From VA News]
07/28/2022 09:00 AM EDT

Lenah S. Higbee was one of the Sacred Twenty, or first group of women to serve in the Navy Nurse Corps. She became instrumental in expanding the Navy Nurse Corps' roles and was the first living women to receive a Navy Cross. [From VA News]
07/25/2022 04:00 PM EDT

When was the last time you stopped to think about and thank your body? It’s easy to be critical, annoyed or bothered by your perception of your body’s limitations. Whether from aches and pains or movements that you used to be able to do with ease—but now struggle with—we tend to notice our body’s limitations more than we notice its abilities. [From VA News]

 


07/18/2022 10:00 AM EDT

If you’re a Veteran having thoughts of suicide or concerned about one, reach 24/7 crisis support through the new Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) number: Dial 988, then Press 1. This shorter, three-digit number provides an easier-to-remember way to access the VCL. We’re working to make sure all Veterans and their supporters know about the new number. Below are answers to some questions you might have about this change. [From VAntage Point]
07/15/2022 04:02 PM EDT

These are the first women of each military service: twin sisters Genevieve and Lucille Baker, and Myrtle Hazard, U.S. Coast Guard; Deborah Sampson, U.S. Army; Opha May Johnson, Marine Corps; Esther McGowin Blake, U.S. Air Force; and Loretta Walsh, U.S. Navy (Defense Department). [From Military.com]
07/14/2022 10:05 AM EDT

Dr. Jill Biden surprised Mrs. Cresencia Garcia via FaceTime to thank her for her service, and applaud her granddaughter Tara for her continued efforts to ensure the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion received the recognition it deserved. [From Twitter]
07/13/2022 10:00 AM EDT

VA has diagnosed more than 620,000 Veterans with COVID-19. Of this group, between 4% and 7% may have developed Long COVID symptoms. While there is no universally agreed-upon definition of Long COVID, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines it as long-term health problems following infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. [From VAntage Point]