Top Ten VA Health Stories of 2012

Top Ten VA Health Stories of 2012


Of the more than 100 feature articles which appeared on this page in 2012, Veterans and their families found these to be the most popular, and we hope, the most helpful.

1. Health Benefits

An easy guide to VA’s comprehensive medical benefits package and how to apply. Read more about Health Benefits.

2. Vet Centers

There are 300 Vet Centers across the U.S. and its territories for Veterans who served in any combat zone with a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services. Read more about Vet Centers.

3. Relationship Bonding Retreats

Helping wounded Veterans repair their crumbling intimate relationships. Retreats conducted by VA chaplains, social workers, psychologists, and nurses. Read more about Relationship Bonding Retreats.

4. 13 Top Links to VA Services

A quick list of links to the many health support services available to Veterans. With a suggestion to print the list and hand it out to Vets everywhere. Get the 13 Top Links.


Brave Veterans with PTSD tell their stories, hoping it will help other Vets, on AboutFace, a compelling new VA online resource. Read more about PTSD.

6. Homelessness

VA’s goal of ending Veteran homelessness by 2015 is on track. Veteran homelessness was reduced by approximately 7 percent between January 2011 and January 2012. Read more about Homelessness.

7. E-mail Updates

Veterans and their families can sign up for email updates from their VA Medical Center and the numerous Veterans Health Administration program offices. Quick and easy. Get E-mail Updates.

8. 20 New Mobile Vet Centers

Early in 2012, VA deployed 20 new Mobile Vet Centers to increase access to readjustment counseling services for Veterans and their families in rural and underserved communities. Read more about Mobile Vet Centers

9. Women Veterans

Women’s Health initiative makes tremendous progress improving services for women by redesigning the delivery of comprehensive primary care for women and training VA care providers in women’s health. Read more about Women’s Health

10. Horses for Heroes

VA Medical Center partners with therapeutic riding center to offer Veterans an alternative rehabilitation program — therapy that focuses on the close bond between horse and rider. Read more about Horses for Heroes

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