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 Arkansas, Florida, Colorado, Tennessee, New York and Missouri shared their best images with us.
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Meet 98-year-old WWII Veteran, Dr. Theodore Elliott. He served in the Army in the Pacific campaigns of New Guinea, Guadalcanal, and Luzon, Philippines. After the war, Dr. Elliott received his Ph.D. in psychology and served as principal of Lafayette School in Camden and Dean of Psychology at Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal School (AM&N), now known as University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff. Dr. Elliott was given a VA coin from the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) in honor of his service. Photo via Central Arkansas VA staff.
Morning Outreach: VBA employees–led by Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits Margarita Devlin (not pictured)–participated in the Pinellas County, Florida, Point-In-Time (PIT) count. The PIT count helps determine where our homeless citizens live, the cause of their situation and also documents if they’re Veterans. Photo via VBA staff.
Army National Guard Veteran Tony Diec (left, front) checks out business suits at the Suits For Warriors at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center. “I’m in between jobs right now and am grateful for services that provide business suits like this, so I can dress the part at interviews,” Diec said. Photo via Eastern Colorado VA HCS staff.
The National Cemetery Administration (NCA) continues to celebrate the signing of H.R. 2385 into law late last week. Since 2016, the Veterans Legacy Program (VLP) has empowered thousands of young Americans in researching the contributions of hometown Veterans interred in VA cemeteries. This new law will allow VLP to simplify the process of supporting this research and ultimately to celebrate the service and sacrifice of more Veterans. Photo via NCA staff.
VHA’s Executive in Charge, Dr. Richard Stone, visited the James J. Peters VA Medical Center (Bronx, NY) to receive briefings, tour the facility, and to honor some staff with special Executive in Charge Challenge Coins to recognize their special contributions. Congratulations to Army Veterans and Challenge Coin recipients, Maxine Lindsay-Shillingford, RN, MS, Director of Nursing for Perioperative Service; Mr. Clarence Edwards, EMS; and Deputy Chief Robert Hetner, VA Police. Photos via Yang Zhao, Medical Media.
The Greater Kansas City Federal Executive Board Veterans Affairs Committee met for their monthly meeting. They discussed the new Fisher House coming to the Kansas City VA and then handed out blankets to Veterans and family members in the waiting area. Photo via Kansas City VA staff.
The VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System implemented a canine program for narcotics detection to keep Veterans and visitors safe. The two Labrador retriever dogs–Sampson (4-years old) and George (18-months old) are narcotics detection certified. They receive ongoing monthly training and annual certification. Canines have been used by police in narcotics detection because the psychological deterrent of a dog’s sense of smell can help scan a room for illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia quicker than the police can search a room for these items. Photos via VA Finger Lakes staff.