This Week at the VA

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TOP PHOTO: Social worker Donna McCollum leads a self-defense demonstration at the Veterans Recovery Center (VRC) during a whole health workshop at the Dallas VA Medical Center. McCollum is a 3rd-degree blackbelt and taught a 16-week self-defense class to Veterans at the VRC. The workshop had guest speakers to education Veterans on whole health and pain management. It also offered breakout sessions for both Veterans and their friends and family members.

Photo by Jennifer Roy

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Remembering the Navajo Code Talkers

U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Thomas H. Begay recently shared his story about the Navajo Code Talker program and his experiences during the Battle of Iwo Jima. READ MORE

Stop Harassment

It’s our responsibility to end harassment

One in four women Veterans report experiencing harassment from other Veterans when they visit VA health care facilities. It’s our responsibility to end it. READ MORE

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Johnny come home: a Purple Heart returned

The story of John Efstis' Purple Heart started when the medal was found outside Overton Brooks VA, and was handed over to a volunteer at the information desk. READ MORE

Borne the Battle 

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This week’s Borne the Battle interview is with Army Iraq War Veteran, David Gowel, a West Point and Ranger School graduate who later became an assistant professor at MIT’s ROTC program. David is currently the CEO of RallyPoint, a military-themed social media network.

Listen to the entire episode here: Borne the Battle #158

Doris “Dorie” Miller: The Hero of Pearl Harbor

Doris “Dorie” Miller's actions during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor helped save many lives and served as an inspiration to countless others. READ MORE


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