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February 20 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.Coming Soon - Veterans Town Hall
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Portland Regional Office Director and VA Portland Health Care System Director are hosting a VETERANS TOWN HALL February 28. Everyone is welcome.
VAPORHCS Doctors stand next to a CT scanner.Lung Cancer - new research
VAPORHCS research finds new low-dose CT scan program may help save lives. Portland is one of eight VA facilities chosen to develop a comprehensive a lung cancer screening system aimed at high-risk Veterans.
Veterans & Family Advisory BoardVeterans wanted for Board
VAPORHCS is presently seeking Veterans (non-employees) and family members for the Veteran & Family Advisory Board (VFAB). If you know someone who is a good candidate, please ask if they might be interested.
A sample of the new redesign.We've Re-Designed Our Entire Website for You!
Our new look is designed to help you easily and quickly access information with intuitive and easy-to-use navigation. This redesign is based on feedback from Veterans and VA facilities around the country.
Nurses Week 2013Nurses Week 2013--May 6-12
Portland VA Medical Center nurses care for Veterans in a variety of ways with a passion for the profession and a strong commitment to patient safety.
Bend CBOC Ribbon CuttingBend Clinic Expands to Serve Veterans
The Bend Community Based Outpatient Clinic held a Grand Opening of the new expanded facility Jan. 20, 2013.
Move! to lose weightWant Help Losing Weight? Join Move!
Are you interested in losing a few pounds? Need help? Portland VA Medical Center Move! Weight Loss Program can help Veterans lose weight, keep it off, and improve their health.
National HIV Testing DayNational HIV Testing Day
What is HIV? HIV is a virus. HIV stands for the human immunodeficiency virus: H - Human. This virus infects human beings. I - Immunodeficiency. This virus attacks a person's immune system. The immune system is the body's defense against infections, such as bacteria and viruses. Once attacked by HIV, the immune system becomes deficient and doesn't work properly. V - Virus. A virus is a type of germ too small to be seen even with a microscope. Some viruses, such as the ones that cause colds or flu, stay in the body for only a few days. HIV, however, never goes away. A person who is infected with HIV is said to be "HIV positive." Once a person is HIV positive, that person will always be HIV positive.
National HIV Testing Day is June 27, 2012National HIV Testing Day
What is HIV? HIV is a virus. H - Human. This virus infects human beings. I - Immunodeficiency. This virus attacks a person's immune system. The immune system is the body's defense against infections, such as bacteria and viruses. Once attacked by HIV, the immune system becomes deficient and doesn't work properly. V - Virus. A virus is a type of germ too small to be seen even with a microscope. Some viruses, such as the ones that cause colds or flu, stay in the body for only a few days. HIV, however, never goes away. A person who is infected with HIV is said to be "HIV positive." Once a person is HIV positive, that person will always be HIV positive. Read more about HIV Testing Day
Celebrating Nurses Week 2012Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring
Nurses work in many areas of practice. They have many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher – and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Civil War era soldier's hospital Roots of VA Health Care Started 150 Years Ago
On March 3, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed a law establishing a national soldiers and sailors asylum. Today's VA evolved from that facility established for Civil War Veterans of the Union Army.
Veteran participating in physical therapy81-Year-Old Veteran Chooses Rehab Over Surgery
Korean War Veteran Victor Ferentino, 81, was a runner for 60 years. After a spill in Manhattan he did his research and chose rehab at his VA Physical Therapy clinic over surgery.
A Veteran wearing the medal of honor stands between a man and a womanA Veteran Who Was on Iwo Jima 70 Years Ago Today
This week is the 70th anniversary of the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima. "Woody" Williams, 91, was there and received the Medal of Honor for his courageous action on that memorable day.
Responders work on a call in a call centerVA's Veterans Crisis Line Saves Lives Every Day
We've answered more than a million-and-a-half calls from Veterans in crisis. And helped with 45,000 rescues. The Veterans Crisis Line helps prevent suicides by providing immediate crisis intervention.
Portrait of George WashingtonList of Presidents who were Veterans
Do you know how many of our Presidents served in the military? As we celebrate President's Day, here is a list of Presidents who are Veterans. From George Washington to George Bush.
a soldier in profile by a U.S. flagAmerican Sniper Highlights Veterans' Readjustments
The recent box-office hit American Sniper sheds light on how difficult the transition to civilian life can be. VA has in-person, online and telephone-based services that can help.
Portrait of Lee GreenwoodA Day of Caring and Sharing with America's Veteran
At VA medical centers across the country, thousands of Americans will express their Valentine's wishes of love and gratitude to Veteran patients during VA's annual National Salute to Veteran Patients.
Hands forming clay on a potter's wheelShe Knew Something was Wrong with Her Heart
VA is joining the American Heart Association to fight heart disease in women Veterans. Here's the story of one woman Veteran who received life-saving treatment at a VA Medical Center.
Doctor shows a Veteran a model of the heartVeterans: Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?
Did they pick February to be Heart Month because of Valentine's Day and all those heart shapes? Whatever. It's a great time to remind Veterans of the everyday things you can do to stay heart healthy.
Woman volunteer sits with a Veteran patientWest Va. Woman Finds Joy Volunteering at VA
Over the last nine years Joan Chambers, 67, has racked up over 6,000 hours of volunteer work at Huntington VA Medical Center in West Virginia. 'I like keeping busy,' she explained.

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