Celebrating 100 years of health care for women Veterans

It wasn’t until after World War I that women Veterans were granted access to government health care. Since those humble days, VA has evolved to meet the unique health care needs of women who have served in the military. Over the years, women Veterans have increasingly served a more active role in our Armed Forces. With more women actively serving and returning from deployments, it became evident that a gender-specific approach


Honoring those who served, sacrificed in the wake of 9/11

Dedicating themselves to volunteering in under-resourced communities, lending a hand during natural disasters and serving in food banks to combat food insecurity, Veterans have consistently risen to the occasion, ensuring that we “never forget” the spirit of unity that defined the nation on 9/11. The Mission Continues’ Veteran-led platoons serve across the country, organizing community projects for Veterans and volunteers to make a tangible community impact and pay tribute to those

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Defense Health Agency Marks Women’s Equality Day

To recognize Women’s Equality Day, in celebration of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, the Defense Health Agency created a virtual presentation about the history of women in military medicine. Addressing the changing role of women in military medicine from the Civil War to the modern era, DHA Director U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Telita Crosland acknowledged, “We should celebrate how far we’ve come but we can’t rest on

Veteran-led organizations assist in Hawaii wildfires relief operations

Veteran-led organizations like Project DYNAMO and Team Rubicon are among the organizations assisting in relief operations on the fire-stricken island of Hawaii, with crews on-site in neighborhoods devastated by the deadliest wildfire in the U.S. in more than a century. VA has created a resource page for Veterans affected by the wildfires, and Veterans who need assistance can also call 1-800-214-1306 to speak with someone about resources

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Donation shortfall may impact blood supply

By making an appointment to give blood or platelets in August – especially type O negative, type O positive, type B negative and type A negative – donors can keep the national blood supply from falling to shortage levels. For those who don’t know their blood type, making a donation is an easy way to find out this important personal health information. All who come to give throughout the month of

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Big Red One Noncommissioned Officers Build esprit de corps

Starting with three different games of “Duraball” – a unique team-building experience in which ultimate football, soccer and rugby – the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley recently hosted a “Big Red One Year of the Noncommissioned Officer” team-building event at Camp Forsyth Soccer Complex on Fort Riley, KS. “We are out here doing a team building event,” said Sgt. Maj. R. Terry Woods Jr., “bringing the NCOs together to strengthen

Antiterrorism Month

August is Antiterrorism Month

August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month, an annual observance to recognize risks associated with terrorist threats and an opportunity to provide education to our community in order to increase awareness and vigilance. The Army antiterrorism and protection programs (including insider threat) are an integrated effort to deter, detect and mitigate risk to Army readiness and support mission assurance. learn more  

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2023 Veterans Day poster contest winner

For the 2023 Veterans Day Poster Contest, the Veterans Day National Committee (VDNC) called on professional and amateur artists to create picture-perfect designs that reflect the theme of this year’s Veterans Day observance: service. When all ballots were tallied, the VDNC selected “The Bugler” by Gene Russell, a service-connected disabled Army Infantry Veteran and VA employee, as this year’s winning submission. learn more  

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Honoring Facility Dogs Across the Military Health System

Part of a growing number of specially trained facility dogs who boost staff and patient mental health while reducing stress every day at hospitals and clinics across the Military Health System, McAfee ‘Mac’, a Golden Retriever, recently joined the ranks of honorarily commissioned or enlisted military facility dogs. Facility dogs have been around the MHS for nearly two decades working full-time at their assigned locations with virtually free range to visit