Each weekday, VA shares a Veteran’s story and you are invited to listen in.
“Story a Day” is a daily call that features Veteran stories from the My Life, My Story program. VA staff, interns, and volunteers have interviewed more than 5,000 Veterans since 2013. 53 VA hospitals across the country use these interviews to improve the patient experience. The interviews are available to doctors, clinicians, and primary care teams along with medical records so that VA employees can learn more about the Veteran’s story and build a stronger relationship while providing care and services.
At 12:11 PM Eastern Time (11:11 AM Central) call in to 1-425-436-6313 and use access code 331095# to join. You may also join online using a Google Chrome browser: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/story-a-day
Calls last no more than 10 minutes.
You will hear stories like Bert’s, below, who was interviewed at the Madison, Wis., VA Medical Center.
“My dad couldn’t stand bananas, his buddy couldn’t stand chocolate. The reason for it? They were both in WWI and when the war was over they went to Paris. I don’t know how many pies they bought there, but it sickened them for life. Dad was in the infantry and got wounded in France, he didn’t talk about it but I know he got wounded from a grenade… I was born in East Troy Wisconsin in 1923, a few years back. When the depression came my grandma and grandpa lost the farm and we all lived in town… I spent 4 years in the army, I was drafted in ’42, right out of high school….”
Though the stories aren’t archived for replay, the program is working on a podcast. The live calls have become the highlight of the day for those who dial in.
“I love these stories because they are so real and they anchor me in the lives of those we serve,” said Barbara Morton, Deputy Chief Veterans Experience Officer at VA. “Every story is different and so compelling, and it gives listeners the opportunity to connect with Veterans and understand how their military service is one rich dimension in their life journeys. I have always admired those who serve a cause greater than themselves, and My Life, My Story gives me the opportunity to get to know these heroes a little bit deeper.”