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Volunteers clean national cemeteries for National Day of Service Sept. 10

September 10th, 2021|

Volunteers from across the U.S. gathered in 65 VA national cemeteries for a National Day of Service Sept. 10. The cleaning efforts included thousands of volunteers cleaning tens of thousands of graves, including 47 killed Sept. 11, 2001.

Volunteers can clean national cemeteries on National Day of Service

September 4th, 2021|

Volunteers interested in cleaning headstones in national cemeteries can sign up for a National Day of Service to be held in 65 locations Sept. 10. All volunteers interested in participating in the “National Day of Service” should sign up at Carry the Load register.

U.S. pullout from Afghanistan: VA psychologist, post-9/11 combat Veteran on impact to Vets, service members

September 1st, 2021|

“We as post-9/11 Veterans are very resilient and can make significant and positive contributions to society. But at the same time, our military service and the difficulties we face reintegrating to civilian life make us one of the highest-risk Veteran populations.”

WWII Army Veteran reflects on V-J day, offers advice on remembering

August 31st, 2021|

When then-Army 1st Lt. Jim Riffe was preparing for the invasion of Okinawa in April 1945, he kept a small, black book. In it were the names of the 29 men he commanded. Seven would be dead within weeks. Fourteen wounded. When the now 100-year-old retired colonel prepares to celebrate the 76th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day Sept. 2, he said the names in that small, black book are what he will remember. He said remembering those names is what honors those heroes, something he advised Afghanistan Veterans to do as they deal with the news of the pullout. “Remember the individuals you served with,” Riffe said.

Transforming Veteran digital experiences: Achievements so far in 2021

August 9th, 2021|

DigitalVA’s Midyear Review video “To Win 21” highlights VA’s technological agility and commitment to serving Veterans during unprecedented challenges.

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COVID-19 testing: VA studying 3D-printed nasal swabs to guard against future declines in traditional swabs

August 6th, 2021|

VA researchers are studying the safety and effectiveness of 3D-printed nasal swabs, in case of another urgent nationwide need to test patients for COVID-19 or other infectious diseases.

New scanning technology could help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease using light

August 4th, 2021|

This scanning method could become a simple, completely non-invasive method of early Alzheimer’s detection, according to the researchers, and also has potential as a way to assess the effectiveness of treatment.

Afghanistan: How Veterans can reconcile service

August 3rd, 2021|

Major news outlets for the past few months have focused on the nation’s longest war: Afghanistan. With a high of more than 100,000 U.S. troops in 2010, the number of troops continued to shrink over the past decade. While news coverage debates the decision to cease combat operations, the highest-ranking enlisted service member in the military said Veterans from the war should remember the positive to help reconcile their service.

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