Noah Galloway is 32 years old and a former Army Sergeant. The Birmingham, Alabama, native enlisted in October 2001, joining the 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division.
He deployed to Iraq in 2003.
“I loved my job as an infantry soldier,” says Galloway. “In the first year I was there, I saw the difference and progress we were making. I could not wait to return. Just the thought of going back thrilled me.”
Galloway’s world changed on Dec. 19, 2005, when he was injured in an IED attack in Yusafiah, Iraq. He lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee. His road to recovery began in Germany, and continued at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Noah Galloway at the 2013 Midwest Valor Games
While Galloway’s journey wasn’t an easy one, he has worked to overcome his injuries, including the invisible ones. The Army Veteran participated in the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon and a host of extreme sport challenges. In 2013, Galloway shared his story with more than 150 Veterans at the VA-sponsored Midwest Valor Games. He challenged fellow Veterans not to let their disability define them.
Noah Galloway’s determination is one of the reasons he was just selected to grace the cover of the November 2014 Men’s Health magazine.
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The dedication ceremony included remarks from President Barack Obama, VA Secretary Bob McDonald, former Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell, and Gary Sinise, who is the national spokesman for the Disabled Veterans Life Memorial Foundation.
On August 17, 2014, I blogged in response to media reports alleging the mishandling of VA enrollment applications. In the short time since my first blog, the staff at the Health Eligibility Center (HEC) in Atlanta, GA, has continued the important task of analyzing our Enrollment System to identify potential issues and to improve the delivery of this critical service to America’s Veterans.
Caring for our nation’s Veterans is the highest honor and privilege for the men and women who serve them at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Our mission is to provide timely access to earned health care and benefits for millions of Veterans. That is a responsibility that we do not take lightly. It is important that we openly discuss how we intend to improve.
While hundreds of millions of dollars in private scholarships and education benefits exist for families of fallen military service members, many of these families struggle because they do not know these benefits exist.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors also known as TAPS, recently stood up their new Military Survivor Education Support Services Program in an effort to provide one-on-one counseling to bereaved military families who may be eligible for education benefits.
VA is one of several partners in this program committed to informing military families of their earned benefits.
TAPS founder Bonnie Carroll (right) and Malia Fry (middle) present VA Senior Advisor for Veterans employment Rosye Cloud with an award recognizing VA for its contribution to education for military survivors.
“I think it is very important to note that government can’t do this alone,” said Rosye Cloud, senior advisor for Veteran employment at Veteran Affairs. “We are going to work together to ensure that every surviving spouse and child understands all of the benefits their parent or spouse earned for them.”
VA has a tradition of supporting private-public partnerships. The Fry Scholarship was founded by Malia Fry, the surviving spouse of U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry. Due to her tireless effort and many supporting partners, the scholarship was made law. It amended the Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33) to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001. Read More »
VA Secretary Bob McDonald learns more about VA’s scheduling system from Michael Logie, a medical support assistant at the Phoenix VA Medical Center. (REYNALDO LEAL/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
We know how important it is to get a modern scheduling system in the hands of our employees so they can better meet the needs of Veterans in getting access to care they deserve. We have tried to be as open and transparent about this effort as possible. To continue that openness, I wanted to take a moment to provide an update to the timeline laid out in our recent press release and correct the record on an important aspect of the deployment plan.
On Sept. 17, VA posted a Scheduling Performance Work Statement and business requirements documentation for industry review and comment. We did this so that we could receive industry feedback on our requirements (in addition to feedback already received through constant engagement with vendors over the last year or so), and also identify any inconsistencies or errors.
The comments were due on Sept. 26, and we’re going through an extensive amount of industry feedback at this time.
Last year, VA launched several pilots of secure mobile applications to help Veterans, caregivers and VA clinical teams provide unprecedented opportunities and become active partners in health care through mobile technology. The driving force behind those initiatives is VA’s co-director of Connected Health, Kathleen L. Frisbee, MPH, Ph.D., who was recently named as one of the Top-10 influential women in health IT by FierceHealthIT for 2014.
Kathleen L. Frisbee was recently named as one of the Top-10 influential women in health IT by FierceHealthIT for 2014.
With more than 25 years in health IT leadership roles across VA, Frisbee’s work to bring health technology to Veterans is impressive. FierceHealthIT recognized Frisbee specifically for leading VA’s Mobile Health initiative, where she oversees the development of mobile health apps for Veterans and providers, and for shaping the vision of how VA can use mobile technology in the future. Frisbee was integral in the establishment of the initiative and execution of the field tests, such as the Family Caregiver Pilot.
“These tools increase access to health care and further demonstrate VA’s commitment to improving the Veteran and caregiver experience,” Frisbee said during the launch of the pilot program that provided iPads to more than 1,000 caregivers of seriously injured Post-9/11 Veterans. The mobile devices featured a suite of apps that allow Veterans and caregivers to access and share information about health conditions and treatment options directly with health care providers, creating closer partnerships. Read More »
My name is Michael Marshall. I am a 49-year-old U.S. Air Force Veteran who has been diagnosed with PTSD. I had a promising career with the Air Force until an unfortunate incident occurred, one in which I was too embarrassed to ever speak of again. So I self-medicated. That proved to be the beginning of a series of extremely bad choices and a downward spiral that eventually lead me to prison. I went on to using and selling all types of drugs for the next 20 years of my life.
I come from a very close-knit family that goes to church faithfully and is very involved within the church. One day in a moment of clarity, I saw my family and myself deteriorating to the point of certain death. I had lost my brother and father to the disease of addiction, yet I self-medicated even more than them just to cover up how I really felt about what was going within me. I had gotten to the point where I found myself on the streets of Chicago, without a home for roughly 10 years. I found myself living in and out of abandoned houseAs Ajust to stay warm on winter nights. Read More »
The annual award ceremony, presented by the Partnership for Public Service in Washington, D.C., showcased the best and brightest employees the federal government has to offer.
Bauman and Spungen’s research focused on understanding the effects spinal cord injuries have on the human body. Eventually, they were able to attribute illnesses, like increased heart disease and asthma-like lung conditions, to high levels of paralysis. Once they were able to find the root causes of the conditions affecting their patients, Bauman and Spungen were able to create treatment plans for Veterans across VA’s healthcare system.
“Return with Honor” is a touching exhibit that brings to life experiences of those held as Prisoners of War during the Vietnam War through their personal artifacts, clothing, images, writing and artwork.
Freelance filmmaker When I’m at White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center and I look around, I see happy employees and happy patients. I see smiling caregivers who spend time with their patients.
Every frazzled soccer mom knows that a box of pasta will cook in about 10 minutes. It’s a survival skill. But mothers aren’t the only ones who are savvy to this. My own mom was an Army nurse in Vietnam, and she said every Thursday was spaghetti night in her mess hall, so the military has been in on the secret of pasta since at least 1970. Pasta is an inexpensive and filling food that makes a quick, tasty meal. But pasta has gotten a bad reputation in the last few years. You can prove this by engaging in casual …
The following is cross-posted from Joining Forces. On Tuesday, October 7, Redbook unveiled their November issue, which features First Lady Michelle Obama and is dedicated to helping female veterans get jobs. The issue highlights five female veterans who visited the White House to speak with the First Lady about the Joining Forces initiative and their experiences transitioning into civilian life. The November issue also highlights how all Americans can help support women veterans, and provides resources for women veterans seeking employment. Learn more about the November issue and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #HireWomenVets. Editor’s Note: VA’s Center for …
As a registered dietitian working in the field of bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery), I have seen veterans transform their lives and regain their independence by losing a massive amount of weight. Although by most definitions the majority of patients are successful, unfortunately, I have also worked with patients who regained a substantial amount of or all of the weight they had lost. This is why, when discussing these procedures, we use the analogy of a strong tool. No matter how powerful a tool is, the owner must use it skillfully in order to see a good outcome. Ray, a …
Recently, VA Secretary Bob McDonald met with leaders of 23 non-governmental organizations, his first official discussion with this group since becoming Secretary. In the Sept. 29 meeting, McDonald thanked the organizations for their service to Veterans and updated the group on his Road to Veterans Day plan, accountability and mission focus at VA, and a number of other topics. He also asked for their assistance in recruiting the best and brightest medical professionals to serve Veterans at VA medical facilities nationwide. The non-governmental organizations who attended the meeting are working with VA in serving Veterans through grant programs or other …
Special assistant and youth liaison in the Office of Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education How do we as a country provide supports on college campuses for veterans and ensure they have access to high-quality education at an affordable price? This question helped focus a Student Voices Session that recently took place with Secretary Duncan in Washington, D.C.
Politically speaking, firearms are a divisive topic in this country. Practically speaking, they are the most lethal method of attempted suicide; about 85 percent of suicide attempts using guns end in death, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. As a nation, we need to talk about guns in terms of keeping people safe during times of personal crisis. September is Suicide Prevention Month, and I can think of no better time than now to have this conversation. I oversee suicide prevention at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a program that includes the Veterans Crisis Line and a …