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Four-legged therapist brightens day of
former pilot recovering from TBI
Much of Gabe Gonzalez’s day at the James A.
Haley Veterans’ Hospital Polytrauma Clinic is spent working with therapists
helping him regain some of the skills and abilities he lost after suffering
a major traumatic brain injury in Iraq. But there’s one therapist in
particular that puts a smile on his face every time he visits.
ln March, AMVETS presented its Silver
Helmet Award to Dr. Megan McCarthy, deputy director for VA’s Suicide Prevention Program. McCarthy
received the inaugural Riders Guardian Award in recognition of her work in
educating mental health professionals about topics relevant to service
members and Veterans, including firearms safety.
[Video] “Prescribed to Death”
opioid memorial raises awareness of prescription drug crisis
Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie visited the
Prescribed to Death Memorial. The memorial is currently on display on the
Ellipse near the White House. It displays 22,000 pills, each with a face
etched into it, representing the 22,000 deaths per year from prescription
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OF THE WEEK
This week we honor Marine Veteran R. Lee Ermey.
He is best known as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the iconic
military film Full Metal Jacket. His performance as Gunny Hartman earned
him a Golden Globe nomination and the adoration of many aspiring to become
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