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Army Veteran Aaron Griffin is happy to get the Moderna vaccine since COVID-19 has had a personal effect on him and his familyHomer Veterans Vaccinated Despite Snowstorm
Homer Veterans got vaccinated at a clinic last February despite a snowstorm delaying the delivery flight of the Moderna vaccine. Alaska VA Healthcare are targeting rural areas to help vaccinate Veterans in the state.
Army Veteran Robert Andrus uses a magnifier to help him complete puzzles with the sight he still has left in his left eye.Alaska VA Supports Low-Vision Veteran
“A lot of times I wouldn’t watch how much I ate…when you’re twenty, thirty years old, you’re invincible,” says Army Veteran Robert Andrus. He lost most of his eyesight due to his diabetes.
Rebecca Young, LCSW, ADC, a therapist in specialty mental health, takes great joy in helping Veterans understand their emotions. Her father’s military medal cabinet above her desk serves as a reminder of the importance of her mission.Understanding Anger and its Place in Your Life
When we are overwhelmed by our feelings, we can do things we later regret. The first step towards change is understanding. The Understanding Anger class helps many understand their anger and what they can do about it.
Coast Guard Veteran Opal Oliver receives her first dose of the COVID Moderna vaccine from Alaska VA staff at KANA clinic in KodiakVA and KANA Vaccinate Kodiak Veterans At Clinic
Veterans on Kodiak Island received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine at a clinic held Feb. 18 through an Alaska VA Healthcare and Kodiak Area Native Association partnership.
Veteran Michael Riordan says he always goes to his yearly check-ups just in case there is a problem with his healthNumb Arm? A Stroke Should Have You Dialing 911
“My whole right side was useless…it was literally right down the middle of me,” says Veteran Michael Riordan about his stroke. Responding quickly to signs of a stroke could make all the difference.
Army Veteran Celeste Dipatri dreams of becoming a peer support specialist and is using the Alaska VA’s Job Club to ready herself for it.Alaska VA Job Club: Jump Start Your Career
Army Veteran Celeste Dipatri goes to Job Club every week for help with building her resume, doing mock interviews, and meeting employers in the community. This weekly class remains open virtually to all Veterans.
Veteran John Leaf enjoys cooking and baking as a relaxing activity, here he finishes making a batch of crabapple jellyMoving Forward with Stress Management
“It’s very, very difficult to say, ‘I need help,’ and in many times it was unmanly to say,” says Veteran John Leaf while talking about how he manages his stress. He encourages all Veterans to get help.
Veteran Jeremiah Williams (center) stretches his back at a yoga class back in FebruaryHome Yoga For Veteran Health
Air Force Veteran Jeremiah Williams was skeptical of yoga but he decided to give it a shot. “I realized just how stiff I was and I started to connect that with some of the pain that I was having,” he says.
Veteran Keith Montgomery enjoys hiking in places like Artic Valley after quitting tobaccoQuitting Tobacco For A Happy Heart
Quitting smoking is tough. Smoking while doing other things, like driving or drinking coffee, can make quitting even tougher. Find out what you can do to break free from smoking to enjoy a healthier life.
Navy Veteran Ashley Cramsey taking care of her tomatoes in her greenhouseA Green Thumb for Great Health
When Navy Veteran Ashley Cramsey started gardening, her lifestyle started to change. She began to eat healthier and really started to think about the food she put on the table.

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