This Week at the VA


Woman surfing

TOP PHOTO: 2019 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic - VA, in collaboration with Wounded Warrior Project, Veterans Canteen Service and dozens of other partners, hosts nearly 130 Veterans from across the nation at the 12th annual National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic, Sept. 15-20 in San Diego, California.

The week-long rehabilitation sports and recreation clinic for Veterans with disabilities features instruction in adaptive CrossFit, cycling, kayaking, sailing and surfing. VA photo by Reynaldo Leal.




Medical mannequin lying in a hospital bed.

Unveiling shows VA’s simulation work to provide better Veteran care

As a crowd of people gathered around Jonathan Nguyen, he spoke to a mannequin lying in a hospital bed. This one talked back. As its eyes blinked and chest cavity moved from breathing in and out, it told Nguyen about its pain. This interaction displayed the latest simulation center for improving Veteran care, unveiled Sept. 17 at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. READ MORE

Melva Dolan Simon


102-year-old WWII Woman Veteran Served in WAVES

102-year-old Melva Dolan Simon was among the first to raise her hand and take the oath to serve with the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, or WAVES. READ MORE

VA recognizes September as Suicide Prevention Month

In observance of Suicide Prevention Month, VA encourages Veterans, community leaders, co-workers, families and friends to #BeThere for Veterans. READ MORE


VA recognizes September as Suicide Prevention Month

Vittles for Vets: Bill McCann


Vittles for Vets: Bill McCann

Vietnam Veteran Bill McCann started the Vittles for Vets charity to combat hunger among Veterans by providing them the means to buy groceries. READ MORE

Borne the Battle 

Born the Battle #163: Nathan Goncalves: Army Veteran, Equal Justice Works, UCLA Law School

On this week’s episode, Borne the Battle features guest Nathan Goncalves, an Army Veteran and UCLA Law School graduate who shares his story of struggle and perseverance.

After a bitter divorce, during which his PTSD was used against him, Nathan realized that there was no advocacy for situations like his own. He decided to sacrifice a potentially lucrative corporate law career and switched to family law to offer services to homeless and low-income Veterans.

Listen to the entire episode here: Borne the Battle #163



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