VA Photos of the Week – March 22, 2019

The best images from across the Department of Veterans Affairs


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“VA Photos of the Week” highlight the connections made between our employees and the Veterans they serve every day at VA medical centers, regional offices, and national cemeteries across the country.
This week, photographers from Dallas, San Antonio, Mississippi, and Alabama shared their best images with us.
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IMAGE of Veteran saluting the flag during a ceremony

A Veteran salutes the flag during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new VA Outpatient Clinic in Mobile, Alabama on March 18, 2019.

The new 65,000-square foot clinic is scheduled to open on March 25, 2019, and will feature Primary Care/Women’s Health, Behavioral Health, Audiology, Home-Based Primary Care, Neurology, Podiatry, Optometry, Orthopedics and Telehealth.

Photo by Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System medical media office.



IMAGE of Wedding party at Jackson VA

Alexandra Rager wanted her dad to walk her down the aisle. After learning that his health was failing, Alexandra and her fiancé, Philip Duncan, decided to get married on Friday, March 15, 2019, at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center, in Jackson, Mississippi.  Medical staff from the MICU organized a wedding, complete with flowers and a cake, in just a few hours.

Family members arrived with the rings while medical staff accompanied Army and Vietnam era Veteran, Harold Albert Rager, to the Chapel. After the ceremony, Medical Center Director, Dr. David Walker presented Harold with a Commemorative Vietnam Pin. There wasn’t a dry eye in the Chapel.

Photo by Susan Varcie.

 


IMAGE of balloon drop in celebration of PTE announcement

 

The Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital (ALMMVH) recently achieved designation as a Pathway to Excellence organization by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). It is the first VA in Texas to be designated and the fifth VA in the nation.

For an organization to earn this honor, it must successfully undergo a thorough review documenting foundational quality initiatives in creating a positive work environment — as defined by nurses and supported by research. Out of 28 categories within the survey, the ALMMVH exceeded scores in 27! Congratulations, ALMMVH nurses and staff!

Photo by Lupe Hernandez.

 


IMAGE of Pharmacy employee scanning medication

 

Cassandra Hughes, Outpatient Technician Supervisor, conducts inventory on the pharmacy robot, Optifill, at the pharmacy at Dallas VA Medical Center.

More than 225,000 prescriptions are processed and filled each month at the VA North Texas Healthcare System pharmacy. VA North Texas pharmacy professionals strive for quality patient interactions–an essential component of medication adherence and creating an experience that the patient is unlikely to get in the community.

Photo by Jennifer Roy.

 


IMAGE of Members of the Patriot Guard Riders

Members of the Patriot Guard Riders, Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery Staff, friends and Veterans paid tribute to Unaccompanied Veterans March 20, 2019 at Pavilion C of the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

The third Wednesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. in Shelter C, the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, in partnership with Patriot Guard Riders, holds a memorial service for Veterans who were previously laid to rest without honors or with no family in attendance.

These Veterans, referred to as Unaccompanied Veterans, are former service members whose next of kin is unknown or loved ones cannot attend their service. Many times, burial arrangements have been made by a public administrator, a VA medical center, or some other authorized entity.

Photo by Michael Cole.

Author

Emily Ma

Emily Ma is graduating senior with a BA in Political Science from CUNY Hunter College. She is the project manager for social media and Instagram content under the VSFS intern program with the Digital Media Engagement (DME) team in Washington, D.C.