Monthly Archives: October 2011

Vet Centers: Borne of Conflict

War, despite its vicious and ugly nature, has a way of advancing both technology and medicine. The battles of World War II spurred the creation of antibiotics still used today, and out of the ashes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nuclear …

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A Rallying Point for Student Veterans

When Veterans return from deployments and get out of the military, the campus can be an attractive place to start the next chapter of life. It can also be a place with unique challenges of reintegration, like a younger peer …

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Blue Button for All Americans Contest Winner Announced–So What?

Special Assistant to the VA Chief Technology Officer

The Blue Button allows Veterans to access and download their information into a very simple text file (or an enhanced PDF) that can be read, printed, or saved on any computer.

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The Quiet Warrior from Birdtown: Charles George

My HealtheVet Coordinator

Charles George, a full-blooded Cherokee and member of the Bird Clan, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions on November 30, 1952.

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The Definition of a Veteran

U.S. Navy Veteran

There are very few words that catch me quite like “Veteran.” It’s such a short word, but in today’s world, it means so much and identifies a person in just seven letters.

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That’s a Wrap: The 2011 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

Public Affairs Officer, Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks

It has been an incredible week here in Northwest Arkansas as we conclude the 2011 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. As in years past, the Festival was nothing short of amazing.

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Vets Face Increased Danger Behind the Wheel

I was home from Iraq only days before the concept of driving rattled me. My Stryker armored vehicle rarely exceeded 35 miles an hour in combat, so highway speeds felt like the downward surge on a rollercoaster. My hands clenched …

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A Good Idea is a Terrible Thing to Waste

If there is one word in the English language that could be a four-letter word, it’s “claims.” From a Veteran’s standpoint, that six-letter word can be as cringe-worthy as any four-letter word heard while wearing the uniform.  At VA, we …

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VA Partners with Alaska Native Community

Tribal Government Relations Specialist for the Western Region

I recently had the opportunity to witness first-hand the close partnering that is occurring between VA and Alaska Natives—On September 29, VA Alaska Healthcare System and the Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Health Clinic signed the first Memorandum of Understanding.

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Circling the Lot: Problems and Solutions With Parking at VA

Your appointment starts in a few minutes but you’re still racing toward the VA medical center. Even if you manage to hit every green light, you’ll barely make the scheduled time. Luckily, the building comes into view and you breathe …

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