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Honoring VA’s Compassionate Professionals – Veterans Health Administration

Dr. Melissa Gonzales Lloyd and Air Force Veteran Charles Childress

By Hans Petersen

Thursday, May 7, 2015

VA nurses are a dynamic, diverse group of honored, respected, and compassionate professionals.

Meet three of the hundreds of VA nurses who embody all those qualities … and more.

Melissa Gonzales Lloyd: “I am privileged to be a VA Nurse.”

At VA, excellence in nursing is valued as essential for quality health care for those who served America. Dr. Melissa Gonzales Lloyd represents that excellence.

Lloyd is the Associate Director for Patient Care Services and Nursing at VA Loma Linda Healthcare System. She served as a nurse in the U.S. Army Reserves for eight years.

“As an Army Veteran, I find my VA position to be rewarding and inspirational. I oversee all patient care services,…

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David Berteau: DoD to verify how contractors control unclassified data

The Pentagon last year started asking contractors to update their policies and procedures for how they handle controlled, unclassified government data on their own computers. Now contractors are asking what their obligations are this year, and the Defense Department is even going to verify compliance. David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Women Veterans Can Be Role Models for Health

A woman’s behavior is emulated by young people.

By Hans Petersen

Monday, May 11, 2015

“This week, let us renew our commitment to empowering all women with the chance to live strong, healthy lives.”President Barack Obama

National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 10, and is celebrated until May 16, 2015. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. VA takes this opportunity to help women Veterans understand what steps they can take to improve their health and to encourage them to serve as role models for health.

Women can be important role models.

As role models, a woman’s behavior, example, or success is emulated by others, especially by younger people. In general, a role model helps to guide others through life as they develop, to make important…

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Medal of Honor Recipient and POW Whose Valor Was ‘Hard To Keep Secret’

This blog is part of a weekly series called “Medal of Honor Monday,” in which we’ll highlight one of the more than 3,500 Medal of Honor recipients who have earned the U.S. military’s highest medal for valor.

By Alex Snyder, Defense Media Activity

Air Force Col. Leo K. Thorsness is one of the most highly decorated American airmen of the Vietnam War and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his heroism on a mission that took place just over a week before he was shot down and taken prisoner for nearly six years. He is pictured above with President Richard Nixon, who presented Thorsness with the Medal of Honor in 1973. Air Force photo

Air Force Col. Leo Thorsness is a former state senator and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for the courage he displayed on a mission during the Vietnam War, just over a week before he was taken prisoner.

Thorsness was born Feb. 14, 1932, in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, where he attended school and earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts. He attended South Dakota State College in 1950. A year later, he enlisted in the Air Force and went on to graduate from the Aviation Cadet Program with a commission as a 2nd lieutenant.

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He Was Given Two Years to Live…23 Years Ago

Liver Donor Rev. Elise Brown and Roy Jeffers

Photos by Nancy Jeffers

By Hans Petersen

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Army Veteran Herbert “Roy” Jeffers knew what jet lag felt like so he decided to wait a few days after his last trip to Germany to see if his energy perked back up.

It didn’t.

“I thought if I rested a day or two, I would be back on my game. I wasn’t, so I went to see my doctor. At that time, they had a new test for hepatitis C, so I had the test and it showed I had abnormal liver functions. I had hepatitis C. I had never heard of it before.”

Millions of Americans have chronic hepatitis, and most of them do not know they are infected. If left untreated, hepatitis is life threatening. It can lead to liver disease, the tenth leading…

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90 Years of VA Research Improves Veterans’ Lives

In 2015, 3,400 VA researchers will work on 2,200 projects


Monday, May 18, 2015

VA will highlight 90 years of improving the lives of Veterans and other Americans through medical and prosthetics research when it celebrates National VA Research Week May 18-22, 2015.

During fiscal year 2015, nearly 3,400 VA researchers will work on more than 2,200 projects.

VA medical centers across the nation will mark VA Research Week with special events such as tours of their research facilities, lectures, and luncheons to honor the Veterans who voluntarily participate in VA studies.

The week-long activities will highlight current research, much of it focusing on Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, and using new technology in fields such as brain imaging, DNA sequencing and cell therapy.

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VA Remembers America’s Fallen on Memorial Day

Honor the brave Memorial Day, May 30, 1917.

Library of Congress

By Hans Petersen

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Memorial Day originally honored the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. It was extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.

It is a day when people visit cemeteries and memorials to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

And I’m proud to be an American
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died
who gave that right to me. Lee Greenwood

One of VA’s many special ceremonies scheduled for Memorial Day will take place in West Virginia. The Martinsburg VA Medical Center and the Winchester National…

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Biloxi VA in Most Beautiful Hospital Competition


All photos by Wayne Alley

By Mary Kay Gominger
Chief of Community &amp Public Affairs

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

VA’s Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi, Mississippi, has been nominated in an annual search to find the Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in America.

Here’s one reason why:

aerial view of the Biloxi VA campus with Mullet Lake in the background

The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System is the only VA hospital chosen in the final group of hospitals nominated from across America. Anyone can vote for the hospital of their choice. Voting takes less than one minute. Biloxi has a beautiful facility with a noble mission, so let’s spread the word.

The annual competition is sponsored by Soliant Health, one of the largest health care staffing companies in America.

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Designing Clothes for Veterans with Prosthetics

Erika Morales-Hernandez, a senior student in clothing engineering, consults with Air Force Veteran Judy McCombs

Photo by Claudie Benjamin

By Claudie Benjamin, Public Affairs Specialist
VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

Thursday, May 28, 2015

She was asked the question, “How do you put on pants?” Air Force Veteran Judy McCombs answered with a laugh, “In bed with a lot of wiggling. It’s like putting on skinny jeans.”

The question was actually quite serious and her response was significant to Erika Morales-Hernandez, a senior student in clothing engineering, completing her capstone project at SUNY‘s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

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The Most Peaceful Place on Earth

This is where I get my energy to go out and help other Veterans.

By George Decker and Victoria Bippart

Monday, June 1, 2015

Army Veteran Ron Whitcomb thought the Viet Cong were surrounding his house — many years after he came home from Vietnam. Treatment helped him turn a threatening place into a sanctuary.

In observance of PTSD Awareness Month this June, VA’s National Center for PTSD introduces a Veteran who is living with PTSD and is turning his life around with treatment.

“I built my own home — I built it for me,” Whitcomb said. “This is my place to come and rejuvenate. It’s the most peaceful place I know on Earth. This is where I get my energy to go out and help other Veterans.”

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