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Veteran of the Day – VAntage Point Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Operation Song – VAntage Point Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • #OperationSong Daniel Maderic: Why am I here?
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on August 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    This #OperationSong spotlight features “Why Am I Here” by Veteran Daniel Maderic, who served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. The post #OperationSong Daniel Maderic: Why am I here? appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • #OperationSong: Zach and Kassie Peterson
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on April 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    In their song “The Same War,” Army Captain Zach Peterson and his wife Kassie wrote about the strain couples face throughout deployments and their pursuit toward the same goal: a happy life together as a family. The post #OperationSong: Zach and Kassie Peterson appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • #OperationSong: No Cinderella by Army Veteran Lory Gatter
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on March 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    This #OperationSong spotlights “No Cinderella” by Army Veteran Lory Gatter and Jenn Franklin. Gatter wrote about overcoming traumatic experiences. The post #OperationSong: No Cinderella by Army Veteran Lory Gatter appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • #OperationSong: “I Fly” by Sam French
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on February 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Army Veteran Sam French co-wrote “I Fly” with Don Goodman and Matt Dame. The song opens with French remembering that, like most males of his generation, he was drafted into service. French was just 21 in 1969, and he “wanted to have a choice, didn't want to be one of those front line-boys." The post #OperationSong: “I Fly” by Sam French appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • #OperationSong: “Still Over There” by Franklin Tootle
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on February 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    In his song “Still Over There,” Air Force and Navy Veteran Franklin Tootle sings about his fight with PTSD. The post #OperationSong: “Still Over There” by Franklin Tootle appeared first on VAntage Point.

Veteran Story – VAntage Point Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • George Paris Davis III: Eyes in the Sky
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on July 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    In his 20-year career with the Army, George Paris Davis III flew clandestine missions at the end of the Vietnam War and later worked in intelligence. The post George Paris Davis III: Eyes in the Sky appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Charles Beckwith: The Father of Delta Force
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on January 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Colonel Charles Beckwith was a Special Forces officer who founded the secretive special operations unit known as Delta Force. The post Charles Beckwith: The Father of Delta Force appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Clifton Arnesen: Love against hate
    by Nathan Giacalone on December 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Clifton Arnesen enlisted to escape his troubled childhood but was discharged due to his sexuality. Later he became an advocate for LGBT troops. The post Clifton Arnesen: Love against hate appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Richard DeLeon: Return from the Edge
    by Nathan Giacalone on November 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Richard DeLeon thought that his upbringing in New York had toughened him up, but everything he saw on those streets could not compare with the battlefields of Vietnam. The post Richard DeLeon: Return from the Edge appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • The Ambulance Driver: Elliot Hugh Lee
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on November 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    The factors that decide fate can rarely, if ever, be identified. In the case of Elliott Hugh Lee, the factor of one half-inch is what changed his life. In 1915, Lee was a recent graduate of Princeton eager to do his part for his country. Though things beyond his control altered his original path, Lee never lost sight of his goal to serve his country. Lee served both France—a country he came to care about genuinely—and his own country in the war on the Western Front. He continued his service long after the end of the war. Lee was born … The post The Ambulance Driver: Elliot Hugh Lee appeared first on VAntage Point.

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VAntage Point Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • 3 things Veterans should know about VA’s new electronic health record
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on October 22, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    VA is implementing its new electronic health record (EHR) system on Oct. 24 at initial sites in the Pacific Northwest. The implementation improves how clinicians store and manage patient information, including visits, test results, prescriptions and more. This will also mean some changes to how Veterans access their own health data online if their VA facility has changed to the new EHR. The post 3 things Veterans should know about VA’s new electronic health record appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Felix Garcia: Honor the Purple Hearts
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on October 22, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Felix Garcia joined the Marine Corps and deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Shrapnel wounds from an attack in November 2005 led to his medical discharge. After service, Garcia became active in the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes. The post Felix Garcia: Honor the Purple Hearts appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • #VeteranOfTheDay Navy Veteran John Olexa
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on October 22, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran John Olexa, who served aboard USS Boise in the Pacific Theater during World War II. The post #VeteranOfTheDay Navy Veteran John Olexa appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Oklahoma City VA pedals new therapeutic bike
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on October 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Air Force Veteran Susan Hiler struggles with arthritis but she doesn’t let her disabilities get in her way of enjoying life. She achieves that with a new recumbent therapeutic tricycle. The post Oklahoma City VA pedals new therapeutic bike appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • New Veteran electronic health record system completes transfer of patient data
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on October 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Veterans at select sites in the Pacific Northwest are one step closer to the rollout of VA's new electronic health record (EHR) system later this month, following the successful and secure transfer of patient data Oct. 1. The post New Veteran electronic health record system completes transfer of patient data appeared first on VAntage Point.

Note:  Not all blog posts are by our interns, but we contribute to these blogs.