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Manchester VA and Nashua YMCA to Offer Whole Health Programs to Vets

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Marine Corps veteran Bill Post and his wife June Post at a ceremony in Nashua on May 21, 2018 celebrating the partnership between the Manchester VA and Nashua YMCA.

The Manchester VA Medical Center and the Nashua YMCA are partnering to expand yoga, tai chi, nutrition, reiki meditation and other whole health programs to veterans.

The partnership is funded by a $360,000 grant from the VA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation.

Dr. Romy Valdez is a VA Clinical Psychologist. He says it's part of an effort to change the way doctors think bout treating the whole veteran, "not just the parts of them that are diseased and in pain, but looking at how we can service the veteran so that they can feel self-empowered."

The programs will be rolled out at the Nashua Y within the next month. In late June, the yoga and whole health coaching for veterans will expand to select locations in Portsmouth and Concord.

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