VA Photos of the Week highlights the connections made between our employees and the Veterans they serve every day at VA medical centers, regional offices, and national cemeteries across the country.

This week, photographers from Texas, Arkansas, Florida and Pennsylvania shared their best images with us.

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In honor of National Yoga Awareness Month in September, Veterans who completed four or more yoga classes in August were invited to attend the second annual Whole Health Goat Yoga private class at the Amish Farm and House in Lancaster, PA. Yoga classes are currently held four times per week at the Coatesville VA Medical Center, and they are incorporated into inpatient programming on various units (goats not included). Photo via Coatesville VA staff.


Veteran Richard Craft participates in a round of golf with Occupational Therapist Assistant Katrina Stringer as part of his therapy at the VA North Texas Health Care System Community Living Center. The round of Wii Golf is part of the Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (CIIRP) conducted the Dallas VAMC. Craft is a 9 handicap golfer and is looking forward to returning to the game he loves once his rehabilitation, after suffering a stroke, is complete. Photo via Michael Cole, public affairs specialist at the
VA North Texas Health Care System.


The James A. Haley Veterans Hospital recently held its Annual National Fall and Prevention and Safe Patent Handling and Mobility Day on Sept. 25. The purpose of the event is to enhance knowledge on the clinical definition of falls and to provide education on the fall interventions that are used throughout the facility. The event’s guest speaker, Dr. Tatjana Bulat, Director of the Tampa Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, presented evidence-based research on falls and fall interventions. Subject-matter-experts and event spokespersons addressed a variety of questions and concerns on patient falls. Vendors were also on hand to educate attendees on safe patient handling equipment that’s used throughout the facility. The event also served as an opportunity to celebrate the work of frontline staff who continuously implement practices that prevent fall injuries from happening to Veterans. Photo via the James A. Haley VA staff.


Daniel R. Sitterly, VA’s assistant secretary for Human Resources and Administration/Operations, Security, and Preparedness, gets his flu shot while visiting Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock, Arkansas. CAVHS’ four-week drive-through flu clinic began operations at John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital September 26. Photo via Jeff Bowen, medical photographer at the Little Rock VA.

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One Comment

  1. Rachel Fitzmaurice September 30, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Why is the woman in the last photo giving an injection with bare hands??

    As an organization we should be careful that we are utilizing best practices, such as wearing gloves when giving an injection, especially when the image will be shared nationally or beyond. Throughout flu season each year I see many pictures of health care workers giving injections without proper PPE (personal protective equipment). We always make veteran patient health and safety a priority – but prioritizing our own health and safety is important too, so that we can continue to care for others.

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