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

  • #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 turns his story into song
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on October 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Army Veteran Michael Peterson from Richmond VA Medical Center and nine other Veterans turned their military experiences into songs at a workshop in Nashville presented by nonprofit Operation Song. The post Veteran turns his story into song appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Veterans go to Nashville for songwriting retreat
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on September 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Operation Song empowers Veterans to tell their stories through songwriting. The post Veterans go to Nashville for songwriting retreat appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • The Last Monday in May
    by Dominique Ramirez on May 27, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    "The Last Monday in May," written by Bob Regan and Don Goodman with Veterans from Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, is a tribute to the spirit of Memorial Day. The post The Last Monday in May appeared first on VAntage Point.

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

  • 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.

  • Giles McCoy: Surviving adrift in the Philippine Sea
    by Nicholas Rogers-Dillon on October 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Marine Corps Private Giles McCoy survived for nearly four days after he sinking of the USS Indianapolis in the shark-infested Philippine Sea. The post Giles McCoy: Surviving adrift in the Philippine Sea appeared first on VAntage Point.

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  • Research improves tele-eye screening for Veterans
    by Erica Sprey on February 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    In 2015, VA launched the Technology-based Eye Care Services program. It now serves 22 sites, and researchers are helping to ensure optimal effectiveness. The post Research improves tele-eye screening for Veterans 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.

  • #VeteranOfTheDay Air Force Veteran Gerald J. Scoville
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on February 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Veteran Gerald J. Scoville, who retired from the Air Force and Pearl Harbor naval police. The post #VeteranOfTheDay Air Force Veteran Gerald J. Scoville appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Clinical Decision Unit opens at Dallas VA Medical Center
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on February 20, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    New clinical decision unit (CDU) is a specialized unit for Veterans seen in the emergency department requiring further observation and management to determine their need for inpatient admission. The post Clinical Decision Unit opens at Dallas VA Medical Center appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • The Battle of Iwo Jima and the unbreakable Navajo Code
    by Reynaldo Leal on February 19, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    The Code Talkers used native languages to send military messages before World War II. Navajo, which was unwritten and known by few outside the tribe, seemed to fit the Corps’ requirements. They took their language and developed a “Type One Code” that assigned a Navajo word to each English letter. In addition to being unbreakable, the new code also reduced the amount of time it took to transmit and receive secret messages. The post The Battle of Iwo Jima and the unbreakable Navajo Code appeared first on VAntage Point.

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