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May 3, 2012:  Seattle Times article about our award-winning researchers being recognized during a research presentation.


November 21, 2011
Seattle classes teaching meditation based stress reduction were featured in this 
mini-documentary. (Seattle Channel)

November 15, 2011
KING 5 story on how VA Puget Sound and other local hospitals are dealing with the national prescription drug shortage. (KING 5)

November 11, 2011
A recently returned Marine comes back from Afghanistan to face testicular cancer. KING 5 covers his story and his treatment in our cancer care unit.

November 5, 2011
An hour-long special, "Help on the Homefront" on issues faced by Veterans the modern solutions used to help them including our homeless program and prosthetics engineering. (KOMO)

November 1, 2011
A look at alternative therapies and assistance for those with Post-traumatic stress disorder including fly-fishing and mediation-based stress reduction at VA Puget Sound. (Seattle Magazine)

September 12, 2011
Research has found more promise with inhaled insulin improving memory for those with Alzheimer's disease. The New York Times and CNN printed the study's findings and interviews with the principal investigator were broadcasted on NBC Nightly News and PBS Newshour.

August 30, 2011
Courts in Seattle and King County will set up Veterans Courts to assist the justice system and Veterans. Our Veterans Justice Outreach program will advise both courts on issue facing Veterans and offer support. (Seattle Times)

July 16, 2011
A childcare program pilot site will open at American Lake in 2012. Eligible Veterans with healthcare appointments will be able to have their children watched free of charge. (Tacoma News Tribune)

June 13, 2011
How much fat you have in your diet could effect your risk of developmint Alzheimer's Disease. See our article here and follow the link to the WebMD article.

May 25, 2011
Rock musician and Seattleite Duff McKagan devotes his weekly ESPN column to remembering and acknowledging Veterans in honor of Memorial Day. (ESPN)

May 18, 2011
We were actively involved in a county-wide disaster drill simulating a terrorist attack in Pierce County. King 5 covered the operations behind the scenes (KING 5*)

May 9, 2011
VA is now offering support to caregivers of Veterans in their homes to those who qualify. The announcement was covered on KUOW radio and the Kitsap Navy News.

May 5, 2011
The prosthetics research lab in Seattle is the home of groundbreaking use of groundbreaking technology. Will Silva is profiled here with his prototype leg. (KCPQ 13 News*) 

April 27, 2011
Dr. Murray Raskind is quoted in this article about Veterans who use mountain climbing as a form of therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Raskind is a nationally respected expert in PTSD. (Seattle Times*)

April 14, 2011
The Patient Fund will receive proceeds from a silent auction of music and sports memorabilia at Duff McKagan's Loaded show on April 23rd in Seattle. The band visited the Seattle division in November 2010. (Blabbermouth.net*) 

March 9, 2011
VA Puget Sound Fisher House was highlighted in a Seattle Times "Pacific Magazine" article. The house's healing garden is a collaboration between the house, VA Puget Sound and the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington.

March 2, 2011
The Center for Polytrauma Care is featured in this VA.gov article on treating TBI and getting Veterans back on track with school and work.

February 16, 2011
Tim Medvetz trains disabled Veterans to climb some of the world's highest peaks. ESPN columnist and rock legend Duff McKagan writes about Mr. Medvetz* and his own inspiration to help Veterans at VA Puget Sound.

February 6, 2011
Several news outlets published this story* on Senator Patty Murray's selection to head the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Senator Murray interned at VA Puget Sound prior to her political career. (Bellingham Herald)


December 8, 2010
Newsday* and many other outlets covered research led by VA Puget Sound into the integration of mental health treatment and smoking cessation and its positive effects for patients. View the press release here.

November 7, 2010
In observance of Veterans Day, ESPN's "Outside the Lines"* featured the American Lake Veterans Golf Course and the intergenerational connections made between veterans the coure's accessibility.

November 5, 2010
Rock and Roll legend Duff McKagan (Guns 'n Roses, Velvet Revolver, Loaded) talks about supporting VA Puget Sound through his music in these articles from ESPN*, AOL News* and Blabbermouth*. Mr. McKagan also wrote about it in his Seattle Weekly* column. Mr. McKagan also gave a radio interview on KJR-AM Sports Radio. Listen to it here*.

October 18, 2010
Alzheimer's research*: Hope for insulin as a treatment for memory loss. Dr. Suzanne Craft is interviewed about a breakthrough treatment. (ABC World News Tonight)

October 13, 2010
Disabled vets golf at course in Lakewood*: The American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Lakewood encourages vets of all ages and disabilities to get back in the game. (Q13 Fox Television)

September 16, 2010
Doctor: Popular blood pressure med may help battle PTSD*: Dr. Murray Raskind has seen promising results from prazosin's effects on nightmares experienced by those diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (KOMO Television)

September 11, 2010
Vets with PTSD learn to fly fish*: Project Healing Waters gets vets outdoors and gets a fishing rod in their hands. (Q13 Fox Television) 

August 15, 2010
Parkinson's disease linked to gene mutation*: Dr. Cyrus Zabetian, research study co-author, says that the body's immunse system may play an important role in susceptibilty to Parkinson's disease. (The Guardian)

July 15, 2010
Sniffing insulin may help memory lost to Alzheimer's*: Dr. Suzanne Craft's research has shown that insulin doses can help the brain function better. (Reuters)

June 13, 2010
Troops suffer from long-term brain impacts from shock waves, Seattle study finds*: Dr. Elaine Peskind's study of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans show that some may be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's and other dementia in later years. (Seattle Times)

April 11, 2010
Father and Son have mountains to climb*: The director of our Center for Polytrauma Care talks about the effects of traumatic brain injury this article about a Veteran and his family. (Tacoma News Tribune)


December 17, 2009
Local VA hospitals get ready for renovations*: About $21 million in initial improvements will prepare the sites in Seattle and American Lake for $500 million in renovation projects. (Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce -subscription required to read full story)

November 26 , 2009
Jack Nicklaus designs golf course for physically challenged Veterans*: The Golf Channel covers the involvement of the "Golden Bear" Jack Nicklaus in raising funds and awarenes for the "back 9" at the American Lake Veterans golf course. (The Golf Channel)

November 11 , 2009
Veterans-only golf course a place for therapy*: The American Lake Veterans golf course is featured in this story of three Veterans who find healing through golf. (KING 5 Television)

November 10 , 2009
Federal Way clinic treats ailments specific to veterans*:  The Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Federal Way is featured in this article published in honor of Veterans Day. (Federal Way Mirror)

June 27, 2009
Wall of Heroes Dedicated*:  On June 27, the "Wall of Heroes" was dedicated at the Seattle Division and its first honoree was inducted. (KING 5 Television)

May 17, 2009
Seattle Hospital teaches meditation*: Veterans with chronic pain, PTSD and other ailments are participating in a mindfulness-based stress reduction class. (Seattle Times)

April 21, 2009
Fisher House featured on public television*:   The "Full Focus" program tells the story of Fisher House and one board member's brother who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.(KBTC)

April 15, 2009
NOVA features Puget Sound doctor*: “Doctor Diaries” features American Lakeemergency room physician Tom Tarter. NOVA has followed Dr. Tarter and colleagues for 21 years since their graduation from Harvard Medical School. The two-part episode aired April 7 and 14. (PBS)

February 27, 2009
Local VA researcher seek volunteers for separate PTSD and Alzheimer's studies*: Veteran volunteers are being sought to participate. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)


November 17, 2008
Mentor Might Come In a Box*: Technology assist users in organzing their daily routines. (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

November 11, 2008 (Veterans Day)
Housing Voucher Bring Vets Home*: Housing program assists homeless Veterans with stable housing.  (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Veterans Find Lots of Support at Fisher House*: Families create community at VA Puget Sound Fisher House.  (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

November 9, 2008
For Local Iraq Vet and His Mom, The Healing Never Ends*: Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). (Seattle Times)

October 8, 2008
Veteran Brings Home Gold From Beijing Paralympic Games*: Spinal cord injury patient wins gold in the wheelchair rugby competition. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

September 10, 2008
Fisher House Offers Military Families A Home Away From Home*: VA Puget Sound Fisher House offers lodging to families of Veterans receiving long-term care. (KOMO 4)

August 28, 2008
Golf course provides special place for Veterans*: Veterans bond over their share love of golf at the American Lake Veterans Golf Course. (ESPN.com)

May 5, 2008
Rallying around the flagstick*: The volunteers at American Lake Veterans Golf Course volunteer for the game of golf but also for camaraderie. (Seattle Times)

March 19, 2008
Veterans Tell Stories In A Patchwork of Memories*: A unique project helps Vietnam Veterans cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

March 18, 2008
Even on home front, war is a daily battle*: The Center for Polytrauma Care specializes in treating multiple wounds including Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

February 4, 2008
Robots help rehabilitate stroke victims at VA*: Robotic devices assist Veterans in the stroke recovery. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

January 2, 2008
Shock Wave: Troops who served in Iraq may have undiagnosed brain injuries*: Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder often go hand in hand for recently returned Veterans. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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