VA Awards Nearly $350,000 to Alabama Veterans Home


Alexander City Facility Targeted for Federal Grant

WASHINGTON (Feb. 27, 2012) – To ensure the Alabama Veterans home in Alexander City remains a comfortable and safe residence for Veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding nearly $350,000 for improvements to the kitchen at the state-run facility.

“Our federal-state partnership helps provide comfortable and safe housing in a caring community for Alabama Veterans who have served their country,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.

VA’s grant will cover 65 percent of the project’s cost, which carries a $535,000 price tag.

Last year, VA spent nearly $2.5 billion in Alabama to serve the state’s 406,000 Veterans.  VA operates major medical centers in Birmingham, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and Tuskegee, with outpatient clinics and Vet Centers across the state, plus three national cemeteries.

For more information about the Alabama Veterans homes in Alexander City, Huntsville and Bay Minette, and related state services for Veterans, visit

Back from the dead.(FLEX MR.O SECTION)

Flex July 1, 2008 | Yates, Dorian Q I have wide lats and fairly good upper-back detail, but my lower back seems puny by comparison. It’s not thick. What can I do to correct that?

A Complete back development requires there types of movement: vertical pulls, horizontal pulls and lower-back movements. Vertical pulls (Pulldowns and pullups) widen the lats, and horizontal pulls (rows) widen the lower lats and thicken the middle back and upper and back (traps and rhomboids).

But with your current shape, what you need most is the third type of movement, the lower-back movement, which anchor the whole works but which, unfortunately, are arguably the most-ignored exercises in bodybuilding.

Many times, pros explain in detail how to use vertical and horizontal pulls, but they neglect how to mention the lower-back lifts. Why? Usually, it’s because they don’t do them themselves, a fact that’s manifest when they step onstage: their lats might be wide, but they have no lower-back thickness, no Christmas tree striations and no protuberant, tree-trunk erectors. in our site lower back exercises

By lower-back exercises, I mean deadlifts and stiff-leg deadlifts, which call upon your lower back to lift or support enormous weight, as if you are a erane or a derrick. They contract or stress your spinal erectors to their max, creating those rate but invaluable crevices and ridges of muscularity that have been known to win to win shows.

The most important point to remember in a lower-back lift is to always do it in free-weight and freestanding fashion, so that your body is unsupported at any point. This forces your lower back to accept its maximum weightlifting responsibility. If you use a Smith machine or other machines, your back’s stabilizing and support musculature will not need to become optimally involved, and development will thus be limited.

Do not try to isolate your lower back during these exercises. Maximum stress on all of the muscles that constitute. that area is a synergistic product of lifting heavy and challenging weight, which can be accomplished only by the coordinated efforts of all muscles in the back of your body–your traps, rear delts, upper and lower lats, middle back, teres, erectors, obliques, glutes and harmstrings, to name a few. The geometric principle here is to have the weight (barbell) pull downward as hard as possible on the upper lever of your body, which is attached to the fulcrum of your waist, which in turn is anchored into your glutes and hamstrings. As the weight pulls on your upper back, it pulls on all of the other muscles, with development in all. site lower back exercises

For deadlifts and stiff-leg deadlifts, life the weight off the floor, not off a rack; this will provide a full range of motion. Keep your weights high, your reps low, your body tight and your pace smooth. With that, I’ve provided a sample workout for beginners and intermediates seeking to pack size onto the lower back.

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