Veterans Health Care
July 8, 2021
Providing health care to America’s Veterans
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is home to America's largest
integrated health care system, serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each
year. Join your fellow Veterans. Here are some of their stories.
After nearly 600 combat operations, a Veteran faced
He had a feeling of invincibility. He was the best of the best and could do anything
he wanted. A year later he was lost and felt useless. He had hit rock bottom and
wanted to go away forever.
Read how Chris VanSant found the courage to work hard, keep pushing forward
Army Veteran finds purpose in Adaptive Sports – and a new career
a spinal injury left her in a wheelchair, Army Veteran Desiree
Emilio-Duverge reinvented herself by embracing change, learning to use
adaptive equipment and finding a new passion in adaptive sports. “It
changed me to my core,” she said. “I needed adrenaline, not pity."
She also embraced possibilities for a new career, which is what led her to
Compensated Work Therapy.
Cancer patient’s final treatment ends with a victory bell
eight weeks of radiation treatments and chemotherapies for throat
cancer, Veteran Anthony Thomas received his last radiation dose but
still had one final step before recovery: ring the victory bell.
ring that bell, you’ve earned it. I’ve earned it. I really have,” said
Thomas. “To me, it’s a glorious feeling because that bell means it’s
Veteran reclaims his confidence through Whole Health
Corps Veteran Christopher Young, a former athlete, became immobile due
to migraines and other health issues. “It messes with your spirit,” he
says. “I know what good shape is and I knew I wasn’t in good shape.”
thanks to his work with Whole Health at Orlando VA, Young has lost 23
pounds and kept it off through healthy eating and exercise. “I just feel
happy to be alive and I feel much more outgoing now,” he says.