#BorneTheBattle 61: Benefits Breakdown – Social media across VA


I know what some of you are thinking: social media isn’t a benefit. You’re right, but social media is a way that VA communicates its benefits and news to our Veterans and their caregivers.

At an event at the Washington Post last Thursday, someone asked Secretary Shulkin, “how is VA using contemporary media to reach their audience.” The secretary mentioned Vets.gov and other digital platforms, but I wanted to showcase all of the ways you can connect with VA administrations, medical centers, program offices, and more on social media.

The easiest way to find your local medical center on social media is by using our directory, which can be found at VA.gov.

Many medical centers are active on Facebook, and will respond to comments and questions you leave on their page. You can even follow Veterans Benefits Administration, Veterans Health Administration, and National Cemetery Administration, and program offices like Post 9/11 GI Bill, which is very active on Facebook.

Look through the directory linked above and listen to this week’s Benefits Breakdown to learn more about engaging with your local facility through social media.

The #VApodcast is now available in iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and Spotify. Search “Borne the Battle” in your podcast app of choice to subscribe.


Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.


  1. Marietta    

    Even though not at war, we still have to fight for everything that is deserved or promised to us by our government.

    Sir, If VA does not address your issues and give you resolve, get yourself a good attorney.

  2. Vern Steven Saxton    

    Can you explain why the VA has determined the health issues I have aren’t service related? While serving in Vietnam with the USMC in 2/7 I was air lifted to the 85th Evacuation Hospital in Qui Nhahn . I was then sent to the NAHOSP in Guam for 2 months. From there I was evacuated to the NAHOP in Great Lakes for two additional months.

    It is difficult for me to understand a couple things: How can I go from a war criminal to a war hero after 30 years? Why as a war hero aren’t the problems I’m having service related?

    Thank you:
    Vern Steven Saxton

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