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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.

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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.

Morovis National Cemetery inters first Veterans

July 14th, 2021|

In Puerto Rico, it is rare for a burial to be a lonely affair. Family ties run deep, and families of the deceased will gather from near and far for wakes and to accompany their loved one to their final resting place. So it was on July 12 at Morovis National Cemetery, when the first two of what will be tens of thousands of future Veteran interments took place under the warm Puerto Rican sun.

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Extreme heat assistance available for Veterans experiencing homelessness

July 14th, 2021|

As the nation grapples with record setting heat waves, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reminds Veterans and communities of various resources available to Veterans experiencing homelessness during the extreme heat.

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