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Navy Veteran chief of nuclear medicine at the Truman VA

My grandfather, Thomas Purinton, enlisted in the Navy at age 16 in 1899 and was assigned to the square-rigger USS Essex, and my Massachusetts ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War, so I was favorably disposed to military service. When I was a second-year medical student in 1971, one of my colleagues was accepted into the Medical Osteopathic Scholarship Program, which is the Department of Defense program to recruit future physicians.

By |February 10th, 2022|Health, Research|Comments Off on Navy Veteran chief of nuclear medicine at the Truman VA

JAVA to Commemorate 75th anniversary of President Truman’s salute to WWII Nisei soldiers

On July 15, 2021, at 12 noon (EST), the Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) will commemorate the second annual Day of Affirmation at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. This date marks the 75th anniversary of President Harry S. Truman’s review of the returning 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) on the White House Ellipse on July 15, 1946.

By |July 12th, 2021|Guest Posts, Honoring Vets|2 Comments

We Shall Build an Outstanding Medical Service

75 years ago, on Jan. 3,1946, President Harry Truman signed a law establishing VHA’s predecessor, the Department of Medicine and Surgery within VA, ushering in a new era of Veteran’s health care.

By |January 5th, 2021|Health, VHA 75th Anniversary|Comments Off on We Shall Build an Outstanding Medical Service

Post WWII commitment to blind Veterans

Director of VA’s Blind Rehabilitation Service Harry Truman signed a presidential order in 1947 turning the military’s blind rehabilitation training of Servicemembers over to the VA, as a part of preparing the nation for post-war adjustment. Hines VA Hospital in Chicago was selected as the first center. Today, VA supports 13 inpatient blind rehabilitation centers across the US. These centers provide a breadth and depth of intensive and supportive care that restores abilities of Veterans and Servicemembers to achieve their independence, support their families, care for their homes, and integrate into their communities.

By |August 29th, 2014|Guest Posts|2 Comments
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