VA Photos of the Week highlights 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 Texas, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Arizona and Utah shared their best images with us.
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At the West Texas VA, Veteran John C. Bates was chosen to be one of the #FacesofVA. A WWII Veteran from the 2nd Armored Division, Bates was among the first Allied forces to push into Berlin following fighting in Belgium. Bates was one of the many Texas Veterans to enjoy the Lighting of the Tree celebration. Photo via West Texas VA staff.
It looks like this group of Veterans from the Tomah VA Medical Center had a great time learning to make real wreaths for the upcoming holidays. Photo via Tomah VA staff.
@usairforce #Veteran George Pointer holds a bag of his old items to donate to a local thrift store after going through the Clutter Buster and Treasure Seekers class offered at Dallas #VA Medical Center. The 16-week class is a self-help group for Veterans to develop different strategies and skills to deal with compulsive acquiring, saving, and hoarding. Photo via Jennifer Roy, public affairs specialist at the VA North Texas Health Care System.
The National Society of the Daughters of the Revolution delivered gifts to the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System patients at the Eugene J. Towbin Medical Center. The group is delivering approximately 1,800 gifts to VA patients at the Little Rock, North Little Rock, Mena and Hot Springs Arkansas VA facilities. Photo via Arkansas VA staff.
The Sierra Vista Lutheran Church donated blankets to Veterans at the Southern Arizona VA. Thank you to the members of the Sierra Vista Lutheran Church for uplifting the spirits of our Veterans during the holiday season! Photo via Arizona VA staff.
Drawing blood can be an anxious task for some patients. Luckily, Georgie (the elf) was there for a little holiday joy! Georgie visited the blood draw at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. While there, she also learned a new word: “phlebotomist.” Phlebotomists are people trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research. Photo via Salt Lake City VA staff.
Sandra Hernandez, a four year Veteran at West Texas VA Health Care System and head chef, prepares a traditional West Texas BBQ meal for the West Texas VA Community Living Center and Domiciliary Veterans. “I’ve been with VA for nearly five years and I love it – I enjoy what I do helping to heal our Veterans,” said Hernandez. The BBQ dinner was provided by the San Angelo Elks Lodge, Post 1880 as part of their annual tradition to feed and provide holiday gift bags to all the West Texas VA CLC and Dom Veterans. Photo via Michael Cole, chief of communications at the West Texas VA Health Care System.