ICYMI - Yoga for Whole Health, #BeThere to help prevent suicide, and other VA Top Stories - April 19, 2019

"This Week at VA" is a digital newsletter with top news and stories from across the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

041819 Top Photo
TOP PHOTO: Marine Corps Veteran Lohrke Armstrong (right) participates in a yoga class held at the Fort Worth VA Outpatient Clinic. Yoga is just one of many programs offered to our Veterans through recreation therapy at several VA medical facilities. (Photo by Jennifer Roy for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) READ MORE ABOUT YOGA FOR WHOLE HEALTH


Be There

Preventing Veteran suicide begins when you are willing to #BeThere

You don't need to have special training to support the Veterans in your life, and we can all do something to help a Veteran who is going through a difficult time.

AL Aux

American Legion Auxiliary partners with VA to help Veterans find their way around VA hospitals

The VA is proud to have this continued partnership with the ALA to support the VA's Red Coat Ambassador and volunteer programs.

Borne the Battle #140
Are you a fan of podcasts? Borne the Battle is our weekly #podcast where we interview Veterans and share their stories with you.
This week, we talk to Veteran and chief of staff for military affairs at Microsoft, Danny Chung. LISTEN HERE

CogSMART image of two veterans looking at a tablet

CogSMART program improves Veterans' cognitive functions

CogSMART — a program developed in part by VA researchers — is helping Veterans improve their cognitive functioning through learning new strategies to work around cognitive difficulties.


OT Month
April is Occupational Therapist Month

Occupational therapists are part of a vitally important profession that help people across their lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Their holistic and customized approach to evaluations, interventions, and outcomes help Veterans engage in social situations, assist in recovering from injuries to regain skills and offer the specialized support and services to Veterans that only occupational therapy can provide. VA is proud of our team of Occupational Therapy professionals who work hard everyday to enrich the lives of Veterans.