VA Photos of the Week highlights the connections made between our employees and the Veterans they serve every day at VA medical centers, regional offices, and national cemeteries across the country.
This week, photographers from Arizona, Florida, Texas, New York and Georgia shared their best images with us.
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“Now you’re all in big trouble!” A Veteran channels his inner Billy Madison at the Northern Arizona VA Healthcare System’s Annual Veterans Sports Day Event. Embry-Riddle students volunteered and spent the day with our Veterans. NAVAHCS has a beautiful Sports Court located at the main hospital that Veterans, volunteers and staff can use to play basketball, pickleball, dodge ball and so much more. Photo via NAVAHCS staff.
The Orlando VA Medical Center has a new way for Veterans to celebrate being cancer-free. The Liberty Bell is made from the same material found in France, and ringing the bell signifies the completion of cancer treatment. The special moment offers Veterans to reflect on their journey and to announce their freedom again to take on the world. “I will remember this forever. Thank you for listening to my poor jokes and helping me get to where I am today,” said Victor Martinez-Estrada, an Army Veteran.
Christopher Bell, the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series race leader, gives his thanks to Veterans for their service at the Phoenix VA Healthcare System’s Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center on Oct. 31. Bell, born in Charlotte, will race at the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 200 in Avondale, Arizona, Nov. 9, on Veterans Day weekend. The 2017 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series champion said his experience meeting the Veterans was “eye-opening,” and he thanked them for their sacrifice that allows Americans like him to pursue their dreams in a safe and secure country. Photo via Phoenix VA staff.
Registered Nurse Rosie West prepares an endoscope for a procedure that is about to be performed on a Navy Veteran to help determine the best course of action to resolve his irritated throat. “I love working with the Vets,” says Rosie. “We really get to know our Veterans, and I love their stories.” Photo via Michael Cole, public affairs specialist, VA North Texas Health Care System.
Hudson Valley VA’s Interim Director, Dawn Schaal, hosted Orange County Choppers and joined them in the unveiling of a new motorcycle built to honor the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day on November 11th. The bike will be donated to S.A.V.E. Home Front (#SHF), an organization that provides Veterans with tools to help returning Veterans integrate into their communities. SHF plans to bring the bike on a nationwide tour before settling in Tennessee. Photo via Hudson Valley VA staff.
The staff and Veterans of the North Florida/South Georgia #Veterans Healthcare System participated in the 2019 LGBT Pride Festival and parade in downtown Gainesville on Oct. 26. NF/SGVHS hosted a table that was visited by hundreds of attendees, as well as many Veterans. While participating in the parade, NF/SGVHS made a strong showing with more than 30 staff, Veterans and family members marching to show support for our LGBT Veterans. Photos via NF/SG VA staff.