U.S. Army Veteran Chris Hull (left) makes a play to steal the ball from U.S. Army Veteran Mason Symons during the National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG), July 11 in Louisville, Kentucky. The NVWG is co-presented annually between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America. The NVWGs serve Veterans with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, amputations and other central neurological impairments with the goal to increase their independence, healthy activity and quality of life through wheelchair sports and recreation. Photo by Erika Ruthman.
Darion Price, Medical Instrument Technician (EKG) and U.S. Navy Veteran, conducts an echocardiography stress test for Johnnie Dorsey, a U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Veteran, at the Dallas VA Medical Center. The test is used to determine how well the heart and blood vessels are working. Ultrasound images were taken of Dorsey’s heart while resting and after running on the treadmill to determine how much blood and oxygen his heart muscles are getting while exercising. Photo by Jennifer Roy.
U.S. Marine Corps Veterans W.L. Harris (left) and Greg Suarez (right) share a quick hello and laugh. Harris and Suarez first met in the VAMC’s long term living center following the surgery that removed their right legs as a result of diabetes. They now both receive care and therapy at at the Dallas VA Medical Center Amputee Clinic. Photo by Michael Cole.
– Reynaldo Leal is a public affairs officer for VA’s office of Digital Media Engagement and member for the VAntage Point’s staff. He is a proud Marine Corps Veteran who deployed to the Al Anbar Province with 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment in 2004 and 2006. He also took part in some of the heaviest fighting during Operation Phantom Fury in 2004.