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Sheri Swokowski: American Hero
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Sheri Swokowski: American Hero

Growing up in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Sheri Swokowski knew that she wanted to continue her family’s military legacy of protecting and serving others. Within two years of graduating from Lincoln High School in Manitowoc in 1968, she joined the Manitowoc County sheriff’s department as a reserve deputy. She later served in the Wisconsin National Guard in...

Serving Veterans in the time of COVID-19: OIT tools to the rescue
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Serving Veterans in the time of COVID-19: OIT tools to the rescue

In the time of COVID-19, Veterans especially need to be able to count on VA. That’s why an important goal of VA’s Office of Information and Technology (OIT) is to use technology in ways that make accessing VA services increasingly more seamless, effective, efficient and easy for Veterans. During the COVID-19 pandemic, with the extra...

PTSD Awareness Month: Make a difference in the lives of Veterans in crisis
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PTSD Awareness Month: Make a difference in the lives of Veterans in crisis

Mental health is a cornerstone of medical care at VA. We’re committed to treating the whole patient – helping Veterans across the country heal their minds as well as their bodies. With the expertise of numerous professionals – including psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers and crisis line operators – we provide crucial mental health services that millions of Veterans...

US Navy Veteran: Why I get my health care at VA
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US Navy Veteran: Why I get my health care at VA

After retirement, Dick, a former Navy Chaplain, gained some weight, enough that it was restricting his activities and making him miserable. His VA doctor helped him meet his weight loss goals with a comprehensive program. VA helped you with a specific medical issue. Can you talk about that? I didn’t realize it but as time...

LGBT Veteran care evolves, continues to improve
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LGBT Veteran care evolves, continues to improve

Lorry Luscri is one of VA’s many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Veteran Care Coordinators (each VA medical center has one). She has a very straightforward message for Veterans with LGBT and related identities: “You do not have to be afraid to come to VA for care,” she said. “You are and have always been...

Army Veteran takes rehabilitation to another level
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Army Veteran takes rehabilitation to another level

Army Veteran Billy Connel has proven to himself that he can make big life changes in a short amount of time, both physically and mentally. Connel is a first-time athlete participating in the National Veterans Golden Age Games “At Home” 2021. Just making the age requirement this year at 55 years young, he competed in...

Veterans: Share what you can do now that you’re vaccinated!
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Veterans: Share what you can do now that you’re vaccinated!

So you’re a Veteran, family member or caregiver and you’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Congratulations! There are so many things that so many of us haven’t been able to do in the last year and a half because of this virus. Now that you’re vaccinated, how has your life changed as a result? How will...

Bridge My Return: Veteran Voices in the Workplace
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Bridge My Return: Veteran Voices in the Workplace

Businesses come in all shapes and sizes, and while many provide varied services in different industries, many also share one similar view: they want to hire Veterans. This is what I know, but as the founder of Bridge My Return (BMR), a free, military hiring platform, I asked several of our employer partners why they hire...

Veterans honor the fallen at Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery
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Veterans honor the fallen at Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery

The origins of Memorial Day in the United States are not clear, and various groups claim to have held the first one shortly after the end of the Civil War. But the origin is less important than the fact that the tradition has continued to remember and honor those military personnel who died in the...

SecVA: Remembering fallen means honoring unfinished work
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SecVA: Remembering fallen means honoring unfinished work

Remembering the fallen means honoring the nation’s unfinished work, VA Secretary Denis McDonough said at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia May 28. McDonough said speaking at a national cemetery was a somber reminder of the true meaning of Memorial Day. “This day reminds us that we must never forget those men and women who stood...

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