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U.S. Air Force Veteran John Kasica stands outside building 1 at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical CenterRecovery is an ongoing journey
Air Force Veteran John Kasica walked into the doors of the PRRC for the first time. He was on edge, depressed, and in his own words “...lost with no direction or hope for the future.” That would soon change.
Photo of U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Arthur HogueMarine Vet Starts Fresh After Stand Down Court
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Arthur Hogue was relieved of over $9,000 of fines and legal fees during a special court held at the annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event on April 8.
Photo of U.S. Army Combat Veteran and Bay Pines VA Social Worker Ilya BerlerBay Pines Social Worker and Vet Shares Unique Past
U.S. Army Combat Veteran and Bay Pines VA Social Worker Ilya Berler’s unique path to employment with VA started more than 17 years ago when he left Eastern Europe with his father and immigrated to the United States.
WiFi is HereComplimentary Wi-Fi is Here!
The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) now offers complimentary wireless internet or “Wi-Fi” for Veterans and visitors at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center (building 100) located in Bay Pines, Fla.
Bay Pines VAHCS employees Dr. Theresa Buck (pictured third from left in blue), Pulmonologist, and Deborah Stratton (pictured center in white and pink), Licensed Practical Nurse, pose for a picture with other VA employees at a mobile clinic site in Laurinburg, N.C.Employees Reflect on Storm Response Mission
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System employees Dr. Theresa Buck and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Deborah Stratton reflect on their deployment to North Carolina in support of the Hurricane Matthew response.
Former U.S. Navy rescue diver Peter Harbachuck and his wife Annie visit with Dr. Joseph Hong, Hepatology Pharmacy Program Manager, at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center.Hep C Treatment Gives Veteran New Lease on Life
Navy Veteran Peter Harbachuck shares his story about how he was cured from Hep C using new treatments available through VA. He is one of about 1,000 Veterans treated by Bay Pines who have been cured of the disease.
Pharmacist discusses medication with patientAsk A Pharmacist Mobile App
Veterans: Do you have questions about your VA medications or pharmacies? The new Ask A Pharmacist mobile app can help! It answers basic pharmacy/medication questions and Veterans can access the app on any mobile device.
U.S. Army Veteran Nelson Newby meets with Dr. Cynthia Fisher, Chief Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center.Fighting the Good Fight
U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran recalls the day he was diagnosed with cancer. He said it was an ugly day, but is now cancer free with help from the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System's Cancer Program.
Photo of a patient wearing a knee braceImproving the Veteran Experience
Starting September 1, Veterans assigned to the St. Petersburg CBOC who require fitting and receipt of select durable medical equipment will now be able to do so directly at the clinic.
Photo of Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VAHCSAccessible, safe, high-quality VA health care
We are committed to maintaining and improving the trust and confidence Veterans have in the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System and our ability to provide care that is grounded in VA’s core values.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Wheelchair basketball gameVeterans Compete in National Wheelchair Games
For Veterans with physical disabilities, the National Wheelchair Games help Veterans become aware of their abilities and potential. And there is a great spirit of healthy activity and camaraderie.
A member of the VA Central California Health Care Systems Hepatitis C Clinic approaches a      homeless persons tent in Fresno, Calif. Getting homeless Veterans tested for Hepatitis C
Jennifer Siilata is a VA clinical pharmacist and she knows how dangerous the Hep C virus is if left untreated. She knows it is curable. Her goal? Find high-risk homeless Veterans and get them tested.
Golden Triangle Performance Ensemble entertains Pittsburgh Veterans after parade around campusPittsburgh Veterans Celebrate the Fourth of July
Independence Day parade at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center honors Veterans living in the Community Living Center. Third year for performers who call it the “highlight of their year.”
Illustration of back musclesVeterans with Back Pain Have Treatment Options
In a survey of more than 3,500 back pain sufferers, 80% said that yoga, tai chi, massage therapy or a chiropractor helped them. Those options can help as much as surgery or drugs, with fewer risks.
Doca Merdjanoska, surgical department nurse at the VA Central California HealthFresno VA Medical Center's Nurse of the Year
Meet Doca Merdjanoska from Macedonia, one of VA's top nurses. Our continuing series of outstanding VA employees features a surgical department nurse at the Fresno VA Medical Center.
Putting sunblock on your skinVeterans: Protect Your Skin and Your Hearing
Veterans: Do you know the difference in Ultraviolet B and Ultraviolet A sun's rays? And what is a safe decibel (dB) level of noise? Here are a few quick handy answers just in time for summer.
Portrait of the Graves family.A Veteran's Final Hours at a VA Hospital
Carol Graves, wife of Army Veteran C.A. Graves, said her 76-year-old husband received the utmost respect and kindness during the last few days of his life at the VA hospital in Shreveport, La.
People KayakingVA and Healing Powers of Nature Rescue Vet
When the transition to civilian life left an Air Force Veteran in a dark place, he turned to VA and nature for help. There is so much healing that goes on when you are alone surrounded by nature.
Male Veteran standing beside a horse.Veterans Conquer Depression with Equine Therapy
For some Veterans coping with depression, post-traumatic stress and even physical pain, spending some quality time with a horse (also known as equine therapy) might just be the perfect remedy.
Postpartum Depression Affects One-in-Seven New MothersWomen Veterans: Help for Postpartum Depression
Pregnant Women Veterans have an increased likelihood of a mental health issue and a higher risk for postpartum depression. Learn the symptoms and treatment options from VA's Women's Health Services.

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