VA researcher receives career award for contributions in hearing loss

A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researcher was recently recognized by the American Academy of Audiology for his work in improving the lives of Veterans and others affected by hearing loss. Dr. Patrick Feeney was presented the 2019 Jerger Career Award for research in audiology at the American Academy of Audiology’s annual meeting March 29. The Jerger Award […]

Navy Veteran among first participants in Pharmacogenetic Testing program for cancer survivors

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in partnership with Sanford Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health care systems, recently announced it will soon provide free genetic testing to cancer survivors cared for by VA. Patrick McGuire, 45, a Navy Veteran and stage 4 lung cancer survivor, is encouraged that he will be […]

Veterans’ Family, Caregiver and Survivor Advisory Committee provides recommendations to VA Secretary

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie commended the Veterans’ Family, Caregiver and Survivor Federal Advisory Committee on March 27 for recommendations that will assist in the department meeting its commitment to improve the experiences of all those it serves. The committee, chaired by former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, a noted advocate for military caregivers, offered cross-cutting recommendations […]

VA continues community suicide-prevention challenge

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) convened seven teams March 27-29 in Arlington, Virginia, for the Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans and their Families. With the goal of eliminating suicide by promoting a comprehensive […]

VA researcher links flu to heart-failure hospitalizations

Influenza significantly increased the risk of hospitalization for heart failure, according to a study of more than 450,000 adults, which was published in the March 27 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)/Cardiology, and headed by a Minneapolis Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researcher. Senior author Dr. Orly Vardeny, a clinical pharmacist and researcher at […]

Forgotten Victory

Written with Korean War Veterans Association President, Larry Kinard. Larry told us of his desire to change the common name for that conflict from the Forgotten War to the Forgotten Victory. With Operation Song writers George Teren and Bob Regan. HEAR THE FULL SONG AT: FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: Operation Song is partnered […]

New study finds rising VA employee engagement key to increased success at nearly 150 medical centers

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) received high marks from an independent March 25 study showing a significant relationship between employee engagement and work performance by VA medical center staff. The rankings reveal engaged employees perform better, resulting in higher patient satisfaction and increased retention of nurses and mission-critical staff. The Partnership for Public […]

VA 3D printing proves more useful for shoulder-surgery planning than current visualization methods

In keeping with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to improve health care services for Veterans, Baltimore VA Medical Center (VAMC) doctors recently demonstrated how 3D printing at VA is more useful for orthopedic surgeons in planning shoulder replacement surgery than current approaches. In an article, published in the Journal of Digital Imaging on Feb. […]