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San Francisco VA Health Care System


Local Features

Could you have Hepatitis C?New, Better Treatments Available for Hepatitis C
Many people don’t know they have Hepatitis C because they have no symptoms. There are new medications available for Hepatitis C that are far better than previous treatments, with cure rates of over 90% for most people.
Integrated Pain TeamIntegrated Pain Team
In the midst of a nationwide opioid epidemic, how can health care providers give effective pain treatment? Researchers at the SFVAMC believe that a fully integrated approach to pain management is the answer.
Physical therapy vs. occupational therapyOccupational Therapy vs. Physical Therapy
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between occupational and physical therapy? Read this article to learn more and to find out how to connect with VA occupational and physical therapy.
Suzanne GordonSuzanne Gordon Visits SFVAMC
The San Francisco VA Medical Center was happy to welcome award-winning author and journalist Suzanne Gordon for a talk about her new book The Battle for Veterans' Healthcare on April 10.
Farmers marketMarch is National Nutrition Month
March is National Nutrition Month! Check out these tips to eat better, get enough exercise, and live a happier, healthier lifestyle. Talk to your VA provider to learn more, and check out the Nutrition programs at SFVAMC!
The Downtown Clinic serves our Homeless VeteransSFVAHCS Homeless Program Recognized by VA
The San Francisco VA Health Care System was recently recognized by VA Central Office for its participation in the 25 Cities Initiative to end Veteran homelessness. Read the story to learn more.
Gregory King working at The Cake GalleryVeterans Find Healing Through Work
Through an exciting SFVAMC program, Veterans like Gregory King are finding healing and improved quality of life through meaningful work experiences. Read this article to learn more about the VIP-STAR Program.
VA is reducing out-of-pocket costs for Veterans’ outpatient prescriptionsNew Medication Copays Starting Feb. 27
VA is reducing out-of-pocket costs for Veterans’ outpatient prescriptions — new, lower copays begin February 27, 2017. Read the article to find out about how you may be affected.
Introducing the VAR AppIntroducing the Veteran Appointment Request App
As part of VA’s focus on ensuring that Veterans receive timely access to health care, the Veteran Appointment Request (VAR) mobile app is now available at the San Francisco VA Health Care System.
Social Work and Voluntary Service staff celebrate the new clothes closet for Veterans.Generous Donation Gives New Clothes to Vets
Thanks to a generous donation from our friends at Glassybaby, our Veterans can now receive a fresh set of clothes when they discharge from the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

From the Veterans Health Administration

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.
Nurse Deb Lamberton provides relief during family members most stressful time. VA Nurse Helps Veterans Families, in Her Free Time
VA nurse Deb Lamberton knows how stressful it is for families during a Veteran's final days so she volunteers on her own time to provide them with stress relieving massages.
Two male veterans, seated, having a conversation.AF Veteran Helping Veterans Out of Addiction
Air Force Veteran Willie DeWayne Raulerson had been drinking for 50 years. But when he finally decided to ask VA for help he found not only sobriety, but a purpose in life.
Dave Miller assists homeless VeteransMarine Veteran is VA's Male Volunteer of the Year
Marine Corps Veteran David Miller has been volunteering at VA for over 25 years and has been named the 2017 National Male Volunteer of the Year. Miller served in Vietnam during the TET II offensive.
An elderly male Veteran in a wheelchair, entering a van.VA Helps Vietnam Veteran Get His Life Back
Dale Herb's life came to a grinding halt about a year ago when he lost the use of his legs and couldn't leave his home. Today, thanks to a little help from the VA, he's completely mobile again.
FC Vincent Savarino, bottom right corner, with members of the 8th Field Artillery, Battery A on a beach in Oahu, Hawaii in 1935Veteran Volunteer to Celebrate 100th Birthday
Woodrow Wilson was President when Veteran Volunteer Vincent Savarino was born. This month he will celebrate birthday number 100 during National Volunteer Week at the Wilkes-Barre VA medical center.
Male patient resting in bed following surgeryWith VA's Help, Waco Veteran Gets a Second Chance
Thirty-year-old Stephen Jacinto survived two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. It was only after he returned home to Waco, Texas, that the Air Force Veteran discovered his own mortality.
Veteran Brandon Myers removes his shoes from a wheelchair he used to harness an exoskeleton walking deviceRobotic Brace for Veterans of Spinal Cord Injury
It's called an Exoskeleton and it uses motion sensors and a computer control system to allow Veterans with spinal cord injuries to stand and take steps, with a little help.
A male wearing a BDU jacket speaking with a male counselor.Can Spiritual Therapy Ease Your PTSD Symptoms?
A researcher associated with the Augusta VA in Georgia is conducting a survey to see if Veterans coping with PTSD might be interested in having spirituality introduced into their therapy.

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