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Things aren’t always as they appear...and some things don’t appear at all.

A friend of mine, former Marine, Vietnam Vet, has an unusual medical condition. He finds any materials against his skin cause him great pain. It is a peculiar and disabling situation that, as you might imagine, affects every aspect of his life. He has no outward signs of injury, but he has been injured and his condition is deemed service-connected. The fellow has trouble sleeping, because even sheets on a bed cause him pain, and he cannot wear most fabrics. No matter the weather, he dresses in…See More
Apr 19, 2013
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VA Care Close to Home

Despite it's name, the VA Medical Center, represents a system of care - not just a hospital.  The hospital is the hub of the system and the spokes are community clinics located around the beltway in locations close to your home.  For example, the VA Community Clinic in Southern Prince George's County is right across the street from Joint Base Andrews on Allentown Road.  It's a small, welcoming environment, where everybody knows your name. You can get a variety of services right there without…See More
Feb 11, 2013
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One Homeless Vet is One Too Many

Why are there still homeless Veterans?  The answers are as individual as the Vets.  Sometimes homelessness is short term, due to job loss or problems keeping up with bills, divorce, or other family changes.  Other times homelessness is chronic - as substance abuse and mental illness go untreated.  Many Veterans have burned their support bridges and no longer have a couch to crash on or a friend willing to buy them groceries. VA has made a significant dent in reducing the number of homeless…See More
Jan 14, 2013
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A New Year and a New "Leaf" on Life

Do you recall the phrase "Turning Over A New Leaf"?  My Mom used to say it often in regard to my rebellioius childhood behavior. "It's time for you to turn over a new leaf, young lady."In these early days of January, when we're all considering our new year's resolutions, I think of that saying.  My new year's resolution (once again) this year is to exercise more.  Once I was very athletic.  Now my busy life gives me the perfect excuses to avoid exercise - too busy and too tired.  Does that…See More
Jan 7, 2013
Michelle Spivak posted a blog post

No American Veteran is Alone

I'm back, talking about Veterans' issues in the National Capital area.  It's the day before Christmas and today I'm at the VA Medical Center thinking about all of those Vets in our community who do not have families nearby and, because of the way life has rolled out for them may not even have homes.As long as there's a VA - the Department of Veterans Affairs - no Veteran is alone.  We are here working 24/7 to be sure Veterans get the benefits they've earned and they deserve.  At this time of…See More
Dec 24, 2012
Michelle Spivak posted a blog post

Send Birthday Greetings to 105 year old Veteran!

Ms. Alyce Dixon, one of the first African-American women to serve in the Army during WWII and a resident of the Washington DC VA Medical Center’s Community Living Center (CLC) will turn 105 years old on September 11.Although memories of the tragic attacks on our country by terrorists now take hold when we think about September 11, we can also celebrate the men and women who for over 200 years have served in the armed forces and fought for our treasured freedoms. Ms. Dixon is one of them.She…See More
Aug 28, 2012
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Exercise Saves Diabetics Lives

We’ve all heard about the epidemic of diabetes in America. Well it turns out that there’s a significant problem of diabetes among Veterans too. And even though this sounds like a broken record, exercise is a crucial weapon in attacking the disease.A study by Washington DC VA Medical Center (DCVAMC) investigators indicates you don’t need to be a marathon man or woman to reap the rewards.Dr. Peter Kokkinos, Director of the DCVAMC Exercise Testing Lab and lead investigator says all diabetic…See More
Aug 23, 2012
Michelle Spivak posted a blog post

The Courage to Ask for Help

Thousands of Veterans seek treatment for mental health issues each year but many others don’t reach out for help. It takes courage to overcome the old perceptions about mental health services and seek out a professional. The Washington DC VA Medical Center has an outreach team that actively seeks to engage Veterans about VA health services. That’s why the VA Medical Center will be at the National’s game hosting an information table on Friday evening, July 20. Why a baseball game? Well, the Nats…See More
Jul 17, 2012
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"Please take this wonderful opportunity to reconnect with your partner. Space is limited. It's an entirely free getaway!"
Jul 10, 2012
Michelle Spivak posted a blog post

Helping Couples to Connect

“Pairings” Retreat for Military CouplesThe Washington DC VA Medical Center (DCVAMC) wants to help couples heal. Military couples have incredible challenges to their relationships - long periods apart, multiple moves, role reversals, and financial stressors – just to name a few. It’s so tough.VA’s patient-centered care philosophy takes into account the whole person - body, soul and spirit – when creating a treatment plan. Mental Health professionals have always recognized the importance of a…See More
Jul 10, 2012
Michelle Spivak posted a blog post

VA Medical Center Loses Its High-Flying Volunteer - A Tribute to Julius Fleishman

World War WWII Veteran, Julius Fleishman, passed away on April 2, 2012. Like so many of his generation, his life reflected the American value of hard work and adventurism combined with a “never say never” attitude. To the end, this 89-year-young volunteer for the VA Medical Center, was challenging himself and others to grab all of the joy from life you can and give some of it back. Legally blind, but still active in numerous sports, Fleishman died while on a Colorado ski trip. Fleishman,…See More
May 22, 2012
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May 7, 2012
Michelle Spivak posted a blog post

Seven Myths and Truths about VA Health Care

As you and your family make plans for a new life after active duty, think about your Veteran's health care options. Read on and unravel some myths you may have heard about VA health care.1. Myth - A government-run health system can’t be as good as private health care.Fact - By all standards - quality care, patient safety, and low rates of infection and medication error -VA tops the pack. VA outperforms community hospitals in managing patients with diabetes, hypertension, pneumonia, and heart…See More
May 7, 2012
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Apr 23, 2012

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Things aren’t always as they appear...and some things don’t appear at all.

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 12:05pm 0 Comments

A friend of mine, former Marine, Vietnam Vet, has an unusual medical condition. He finds any materials against his skin cause him great pain. It is a peculiar and disabling situation that, as you might imagine, affects every aspect of his life. He has no outward signs of injury, but he has been injured and his condition is deemed service-connected. The fellow has trouble sleeping, because even sheets on a bed cause him pain, and he cannot wear most fabrics. No matter the weather, he dresses…

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VA Care Close to Home

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 6:02pm 0 Comments

Despite it's name, the VA Medical Center, represents a system of care - not just a hospital.  The hospital is the hub of the system and the spokes are community clinics located around the beltway in locations close to your home.  For example, the VA Community Clinic in Southern Prince George's County is right across the street from Joint Base Andrews on Allentown Road.  It's a small, welcoming environment, where everybody knows your name. You can get a variety of services right there without…

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One Homeless Vet is One Too Many

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 4:05pm 0 Comments

Why are there still homeless Veterans?  The answers are as individual as the Vets.  Sometimes homelessness is short term, due to job loss or problems keeping up with bills, divorce, or other family changes.  Other times homelessness is chronic - as substance abuse and mental illness go untreated.  Many Veterans have burned their support bridges and no longer have a couch to crash on or a friend willing to buy them groceries. 

VA has made a significant dent in reducing the number of…

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A New Year and a New "Leaf" on Life

Posted on January 7, 2013 at 12:01pm 0 Comments

Do you recall the phrase "Turning Over A New Leaf"?  My Mom used to say it often in regard to my rebellioius childhood behavior. "It's time for you to turn over a new leaf, young lady."

In these early days of January, when we're all considering our new year's resolutions, I think of that saying.  My new year's resolution (once again) this year is to exercise more.  Once I was very athletic.  Now my busy life gives me the perfect excuses to avoid exercise - too busy and too tired. …

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