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OEF / OIF / OND Welcome Home event on Sept. 13Welcome Home event on Sept. 13
OEF / OIF / OND Welcome Home event on Sept. 13- free admission to the zoo for Veterans and their families. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 RSVP email to Welcomehome@va.gov; (503) 273-5075 or 1-800-949-1004, ext. 53062
VA Veterans Town Hall Aug. 5, 2015Veterans Town Hall Aug 5, 2015
Please join VAPORHCS Director and Veterans Benefits Administration Portland Regional Office Director for a Town Hall meeting and VBA Claims Clinic. You can also join the conversation at six of VAPORHCS CBOCS.
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? VA Portland Health Care System- Portland Division 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

From the Veterans Health Administration

A woman with graying hair smilesI Served in the Active Military. Yes, I'm One!
Know this: If you are a woman who served in the active military service, you are a Veteran. People may think your military experience was less challenging than that of male Veterans. They're wrong.
A man points to his gardenCombat Veteran, Doctor and Now Gardener
Wesley McFarland, combat Veteran, doctor for 55 years, charged his patients $3.00. Wiped out by Hurricane Katrina, he now lives in a VA Community Living Center ... and he loves it.
An older man with a sporting competitor's numbered bib on his shirt leans on a golf cart carrying his clubs on a golf courseGolden Age Games Underway in Omaha
Golden Age Games — it's all about the rehabilitation value that wellness and fitness provide in the lives of older Veterans ... and yes, a good time, competition and fellowship with other Veterans.
A red rash on a person's elbowMy skin itches. Is it psoriasis? What is that?
Veterans who have psoriasis can easily describe the symptoms for you. It's ugly, itchy and painful. VA doctors can help Veterans treat psoriasis. Here's information on this chronic skin disease.
A Veteran wearing a sea captain's hat salutes while rolling his motorized wheelchair among others walking around him2015 VA Walk & Roll Sees Growth
It's called the Walk and Roll when over 23,000 Veterans, VA Employees and American citizens walk a mile for homeless Veterans, raising more than $325,000 worth of donations this year.
A male patient seated on an exam table in an exam room shakes hands with a female doctorTen Things to Know About the Choice Program
If you are enrolled in VA health care, the Choice Program allows you to get health care from non-VA doctors. Here are the answers to ten of the most asked questions about the program.
Woman with a clipboard and pen looks at a man speaking to herHelping Your Provider Understand Military Culture
VA is offering a free online course to private sector health care professionals to help them better serve Veterans and Servicemembers. Hear from a social worker who thinks the course is a good idea.
Two women talk and smile in an exercise roomSummer! Time to swim and picnic ... and volunteer!
Across America, thousands of Americans are pitching in to help our Veterans. Learn about the “Summer of Service” and how you can volunteer at your local VA medical center ... no sunblock needed!
A wife smiles at her husband seated facing her. Relationship a Little Rocky? Time to Retreat
About 20 couples learned how to strengthen their relationship during a two-day Warrior to Soul Mate retreat sponsored recently at the Salisbury VA Medical Center in North Carolina.
man lifting barbellWheelchair Vets Roll into Dallas for Annual Games
Since 1981, co-presented by the VA and PVA, the goal of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games is to empower Veterans with disabilities to live more healthy and active lives through sports.

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