Representatives from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) came to share information about how they are helping veteran’s thrive! Sandra Robertson, Patient Centered Care Coordinator, talked about Patient Centered Care, the new focus that the DVA has taken to provide veterans with the health related support they need, and a variety of healing modalities that compliment western medicine, such as Tai Chi Classes, pet therapy, mindfulness based stress reduction, yoga, drum circles etc. Alisa Donner, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Manager discussed Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT), a new health care delivery system that provides veterans with their own “team” for health promotion. Callie Wight, Women Veterans Program Manager highlighted the issues that women vets experience and the services offered to this fast growing population of veterans.

When it comes to the health of veterans, it has never been more important than it is now. Transitioning from the military back to normal, everyday life can wreak havoc on their mental wellbeing. But the possibility of them coming across financial hardships along the way is also very likely, and without receiving the relevant support, their health is only going to continue to suffer. They shouldn’t worry though. By visiting sites similar to, you can find out what types of financial support are on offer for veterans returning from combat, and this is based on whether they have been wounded, are disabled, or if they’re homeless, amongst other things. This type of help can take the pressure off them when returning to civilian life, and if this is controlled, it could improve their health as a result. But sometimes this is not the case, and learning about what type of services are offered to returning veterans is a step in the right direction.

For more information about today’s topics visit:

Greater Los Angeles Health Care System (DVA)

Patient Centered Care

Patient Aligned Care Teams

VA Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Women Veteran’s Issues