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One study found that Loving Kindness meditation reduced depression & PTSD symptoms

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US Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Health Care 

December 30, 2021

Providing health care to America’s Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is home to America’s largest integrated health care system, serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year. Join your fellow Veterans. Here are some of their stories.

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Try Loving Kindness in the new year

Studies have shown that practicing Loving Kindness meditation increases social connection and decreases chronic pain, anger, and emotional distress. One study found that a 12-week course significantly reduced depression and PTSD symptoms among Veterans diagnosed with PTSD.

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Veterans receive holiday cheer

At VA medical centers around the country, VA employees and local community members went out of their way to make sure Veteran patients had a happy holiday.

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Self-cleaning mat zaps germs

By the end of a 30-day test at VA Pittsburgh,  the most common infection-causing germs were gone.

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Help for Veterans experiencing intimate partner violence

About one in three women and one in four men report that they experienced intimate partner violence. Veterans may be at even greater risk. VA has started a pilot program to improve services for those Veterans. 

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