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Syracuse VA Medical Center

Local Features

Photo of Veteran Mike Smithson wheelchair racing in Utica, NYVeteran Adapts and Overcomes
Michael Smithson, a 59 year-old Camillus, NY Navy Veteran adapts and overcomes his disability by participating in the Syracuse VA 's Recreational Therapy program using adaptive sports.
Image of three people talking.Free Therapy for Veterans and Families
Syracuse VA Medical Center offers free mental health education and support for Veterans and their families. Veterans and their family members have several options to choose from.
Operation Salute bannerOperation Salute Event
OEF/OIF/OND Era Veterans are invited to join Syracuse VA Medical Center for a 2016 OPERATION SALUTE event at the SYRACUSE NATIONALS being held at the NYS Fair Grounds in Syracuse, NY on Saturday July 16, 2016.
Image of Harvey R. LasnerPatient Escorts Needed
The Syracuse VA Medical Center is in need of patient escort volunteers. Patient escort volunteers transport patients in wheelchairs to appointments and activities within the medical center.
Image of Roy BatesBecome an In-Home Respite Volunteer
Syracuse VA’s In-Home Respite Caregiver Support Program is in need of volunteers. Volunteers in this program visit with a Veteran in their home while their caregiver gets some “worry free time away”.
Leader in LGBT Health Care Equality BannerSyracuse VA "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality"
Syracuse VA has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the HRC Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.
2016 Komen CNY Race for the CureVA Komen Race Event
Be part of the Syracuse VA Medical Center team "Vets are the Answer to Cancer" at the 2016 Komen CNY Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 14, 2016 held at the NY State Fairgrounds and Expo Center.
6th Annual VA2K Walk and Roll6th Annual VA2K Walk and Roll
Syracuse VA Medical Center invites Veterans and their families and VA staff to participate in the 6th Annual VA2K Walk and Roll event taking place on May 18, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
photo of fresh fruit and vegetables.Diabetes Education & Awareness Event
Visit the Syracuse VA Medical Center on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and learn how to manage your diabetes. Dr. Rajeev Sharma. VA Endocrinologist will speak at noon.
Graphic of a red dress and text that says Go Red for Women's heart health.Go Red for Women's Heart Health
Join the Syracuse VA for Go Red for Women Veterans heart health on Thursday, February 4, 2016 in the Auditorium on the ground floor from 11am – 1pm. the public is welcome to attend.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Illustration of back musclesVeterans with Back Pain Have Treatment Options
In a survey of more than 3,500 back pain sufferers, 80% said that yoga, tai chi, massage therapy or a chiropractor helped them. Those options can help as much as surgery or drugs, with fewer risks.
Doca Merdjanoska, surgical department nurse at the VA Central California HealthFresno VA Medical Center's Nurse of the Year
Meet Doca Merdjanoska from Macedonia, one of VA's top nurses. Our continuing series of outstanding VA employees features a surgical department nurse at the Fresno VA Medical Center.
Putting sunblock on your skinVeterans: Protect Your Skin and Your Hearing
Veterans: Do you know the difference in Ultraviolet B and Ultraviolet A sun's rays? And what is a safe decibel (dB) level of noise? Here are a few quick handy answers just in time for summer.
Portrait of the Graves family.A Veteran's Final Hours at a VA Hospital
Carol Graves, wife of Army Veteran C.A. Graves, said her 76-year-old husband received the utmost respect and kindness during the last few days of his life at the VA hospital in Shreveport, La.
People KayakingVA and Healing Powers of Nature Rescue Vet
When the transition to civilian life left an Air Force Veteran in a dark place, he turned to VA and nature for help. There is so much healing that goes on when you are alone surrounded by nature.
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.

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