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Marine Veteran Vernon Waters
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Marine Veteran Vernon Waters

By all accounts, Vernon J.H. Waters was a giant of a man.  Author Bryan Mark Rigg writes in his book “Flamethrower” about Iwo Jima: “He was a Marine everyone looked up to literally and figuratively.”  He stood 6’6” and weighed around 245 pounds.  He had hands that were bigger than most people’s heads. Waters grew...

Army Veteran George H. Rhea
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Army Veteran George H. Rhea

George Rhea was born in Lee County, Virginia., on May 7, 1920. He enlisted in the Army in 1941, heading to Fort Slocum in New York for five weeks of training. After basic training, Rhea went to San Francisco, where he boarded the USS San Miguel for Hawaii. He continued his training at the Schofield...

VA genetics program aims to increase mental health treatments for Veterans
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VA genetics program aims to increase mental health treatments for Veterans

VA’s Million Veteran Program, one of the world’s largest databases of health and genetic information, has published influential papers on genetic risk for a number of mental health conditions, including PTSD, anxiety, and substance use disorders. Some mental illnesses, such as opioid use disorder, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, have not been as well-represented among MVP volunteers. Leaders of...

Mexican American hero of WWI up for Texas’ highest military honor
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Mexican American hero of WWI up for Texas’ highest military honor

Deprived for years of full recognition for his bravery in World War I, Marcelino Serna, a former Army private, was chosen by a Texas legislative committee on Friday to be posthumously awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor. Serna, a Mexican immigrant, is often considered Texas’ most decorated WWI veteran. He is credited with singlehandedly charging and...

Navy Veteran Raymond Albert Brittain
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Navy Veteran Raymond Albert Brittain

Raymond A. Brittain was born in February 1921 in San Diego, California, to a family of veterans. After graduating from high school in Torrance, California, Brittain received a four-year scholarship to UC Davis School, where he attended the college of agriculture and environmental studies. In the summer 1940, Brittain and several of his friends decided...

WWII Veteran recalls V-E Day meaning 76 years later
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WWII Veteran recalls V-E Day meaning 76 years later

Then-Army Air Forces pilot Warren Halstead flew missions daily out of Coulommiers, France, during World War II. On May 8, 1945, he was at his duty station, on break from dropping supplies and transporting wounded to hospitals in England. The news came in: the war in Europe was over. Seventy-six years later, the retired Air...

Military OneSource: Resources and tools for Veterans
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Military OneSource: Resources and tools for Veterans

Military OneSource is a website that provides various tools and resources for Veterans, service members, their families, military academy cadets and designated Department of Defense expeditionary civilians.  The resources they provide are free and vetted by the Department of Defense. Their mission is to be a single place for service members to be able to...

US Army Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday
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US Army Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

U.S Army veteran William Keyes is celebrating a special birthday. 100 years of life. “I enjoyed every bit of it and I still enjoy it, I was a teacher for 75 years. At least 75 years,” Keyes said. 78 years after joining the military, he’s still kicking and never looked so good. Which gives a...

Mobile mental health apps for Veterans aim to reduce suicide risk
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Mobile mental health apps for Veterans aim to reduce suicide risk

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System staff are working to reach more Veterans using mobile mental health apps. VA’s National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) received funding to roll out a project seeking to increase Veterans’ access to mobile apps to improve mental health coping and reduce suicide risk. One medical center in every VA network...

Female Veterans wanted for leadership trainee program
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Female Veterans wanted for leadership trainee program

While women have made important strides in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, research has shown that these fields remain predominantly male. This is rapidly changing at VA, where diversity and inclusion aren’t merely a box to be checked but essential to our organization. Along with meeting the needs of women Veterans by providing them access...

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