VA News – February 11, 2020
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VA News – February 11, 2020

Hello everyone. I’m Marine Corps Veteran
Matt Webb, this is VA News. Decorated World War two Veteran Jim Peewee Martin
made jumps into Normandy, Holland and fought in the Battle of the Bulge as a
member of the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division, and at 98 years old he’s still
jumping out of airplanes. Martin credits the team at the Dayton VA
Medical Center for helping him achieve his inspirational goals. Martin is
considering jumping again and has some advice for those inspired by his story. “You know just because I’m 98 doesn’t mean a thing. Don’t run your life by a
clock. Your attitude will help your physical condition, and no matter what
your age”. Sir, thank you for your service to our nation and for continuing to be
such an inspiration to us all. VA has found that more than 900,000 Veterans
used VA telehealth services in fiscal year 2019. The 17% increase over the
prior fiscal year contributed to VA’s delivery of more than 2.6 million episodes of
telehealth care in that time period. The telehealth program allows VA health care
teams to treat Veterans regardless of their location including and across
state lines. By the end of FY 2020 all primary care and mental health providers
will be able to deliver care to patients both in person and via mobile or
web-based device. To learn more about VA’s telehealth programs visit While robotic surgery may sound like something out of a science
fiction story it’s actually something being done today, a lot, at the James A.
Haley Veteran’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Surgeons there recently
completed their 1,000th robot-assisted surgery using the Da Vinci Surgical
System. The Da Vinci system uses a four-armed bedside cart operated through
a remote console by the surgeon to perform minimally invasive surgical
procedures. Each arm controls surgical instruments with four being in use
any given time. That flexibility makes the system ideal for a wide variety of
procedures. For more information on this story or others like it, go to That’s it for this edition of VA News. I’m Matt Webb, thank you for your service, and thank you for watching.

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