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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS KICKS OFF RESEARCH WEEK 2010 ON APRIL 22nd

Thursday, April 22, 2010 General News J E 4
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Stephen Cochran- County Singer and Veteran Helps Spread Message of HopeThrough VA Health Research

April 26 through April 30 2010 is National VA Research Week. VA Researchhas improved Veterans' lives and advanced the practice of medicine for thepast 8-1/2 decades. From effective therapies for tuberculosis, to implantablecardiac pacemakers, to the first successful liver transplants, thedevelopment of the nicotine patch, advances in the treatment of posttraumaticstress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and neurologicaldegeneration, innovations in prosthetics, and women's health, VA's legacy oftrailblazing accomplishments is a source of great pride.

VA is collaborating with Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) and otherkey stakeholders in kickoff events on April 22 that are geared towardVeterans, their families and caregivers, VSOs, research and medical industryleaders and the media. A highlight of this year's festivities is the debut ofa music video for the song "Hope," written and recorded by popular countrymusician Stephen Cochran especially for VA Research. The video featuresCochran, his band, the New Country Outlaws, and Veteran choir andcommunicates VA Research's message of hope through health investigation.Cochran himself was severely injured while he bravely served this country asa Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan and credits the VA for his recovery-he is aninspiring partner for VA. The VA Office of Research and Development andresearch offices at VA medical centers across the Nation observe ResearchWeek each year to recognize Veterans for their participation in VA researchstudies and to give VA investigators and administrators the opportunity topresent the discoveries and innovations that are improving Veterans' lives.Across the country, VA facilities have planned open houses and otheractivities to commemorate the week. The Hunter Homes McGuire VA MedicalCenter, as example, is sponsoring a program and lunch for over 550 Veteranson April 23rd. Cochran will convey his story of hope through research duringthe program and perform his new song "Hope" and others written from hisexperience in service and during recovery.

NEWS: The Department of Veterans Affairs' Marks VA Research Week 2010.Stephen Cochran-Veteran and County singer/songwriter-works with VA Researchto spread the message of hope for a brighter future through VA healthresearch.

FORMAT: B-roll and Soundbites

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Video, contact information and more available at:http://multivu.prnewswire.com/broadcast/43135/press.html

VIDEO PROVIDED BY: The Department of Veterans Affairs

Contact: FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: MultiVu Media Relations,1-800-653-5313 EXT. 3SATELLITE FEEDS: Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 Friday, April 23rd, 2010 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET AMC 3 AMC 3 C-Band C-Band Transponder 3 Transponder 3 Downlink Freq. 3760 Horizontal Downlink Freq. 3760 Horizontal

SOURCE The Department of Veterans Affairs
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