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10/17/2022 04:00 PM EDT

How often do you think about your spine? If you have had a spinal injury, then likely you think about it a lot, but if you haven’t then you might not think about it so much. The spine is an important and supportive structure in the body that helps you sit, stand, twist, bend, walk, or do other movement. [From VA News]

10/17/2022 02:00 PM EDT

Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Fisher spent 37 years serving his country. He began his tour as a West Point Cadet in 1981 and spent 14 years on active duty in the Army. He then served 23 years in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve. [From VA News]

10/14/2022 04:01 PM EDT

When it comes to women’s health at VA, we’re focused on accelerating research and providing vital support every way we can, all year round. Every October, people all over the world show their support for everyone affected by breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and VA is no different. [From VA News]

10/13/2022 09:55 AM EDT

Today, VA announced that it is closing a gap in survivor benefits for certain survivors of LGBTQ+ Veterans—specifically, for those who were unable to wed until the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision, and who, therefore, were not married to their now-deceased Veteran spouses for long enough to qualify for survivor benefits. “VA is closing a gap in benefits for surviving spouses of LGBTQ+ Veterans, righting a wrong that is a legacy of the discriminatory federal ban on same-sex marriages,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “It is VA’s mission to serve all Veterans—including LGTBQ+ Veterans—as they’ve served our country, and this decision is a key part of that effort.” [From VA News]

10/10/2022 04:00 PM EDT

Just as the sun rises every morning to give us light and warm our earth, sun salutations are a beautiful way to start our day. Sun salutations are a sequence of yoga poses that can be done as one movement and one breath while honoring the sun (the provider of all energy on earth). This type of free movement allows our body to have greater strength, stamina and flexibility when done consistently. [From VA News]

10/07/2022 10:00 AM EDT

From the Tea Party to Tom Brady, the only thing Boston loves more than a win is a good comeback story. When Army Veteran Cynthia Perkins moved to Boston in 2018, she set out to join the city’s tradition. Perkins served in the Army for four years as a telecommunications specialist and administrative specialist, separating in 1994 to raise her young children in Georgia. [From VA News]

10/07/2022 05:00 AM EDT

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