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

  • #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 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.

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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  • Families find comfort in bereavement support after Veteran death
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on June 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    COVID Bereavement Response seeks to help families cope with grief and bereavement or when general support is needed. “We treat the whole Veteran, which includes the family.” The post Families find comfort in bereavement support after Veteran death appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • #VeteranOfTheDay Army Air Forces Veteran George R. Scanlon
    by Nicholas Rogers-Dillon on June 5, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Air Forces Veteran George R. Scanlon, who served during World War II and fought in Operation Torch in Morocco and Algeria. The post #VeteranOfTheDay Army Air Forces Veteran George R. Scanlon appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Mediterranean diet, one step at a time
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on June 5, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    A Veteran has lost weight and improved his cholesterol numbers on the Mediterranean diet. From fast food every day to yogurt and fruit for breakfast, his health goals are on target. Here's his dietitian's story. The post Mediterranean diet, one step at a time appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Veterans Treatment Courts go online to support Veterans during COVID-19 pandemic
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on June 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    To continue serving Veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic, Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs) across the country have moved to services online. VA’s Homeless Programs Office supports VTCs through the participation of its Veterans Justice Outreach Specialists. These VJO specialists assess Veteran defendants’ treatment needs and link them with the appropriate VA treatment services. They also provide regular updates to the court on the Veteran’s progress throughout their treatment. To make it happen, VTCs and VJO specialists throughout the country set up daily remote options to schedule court appearances. On any given call, there can be 25 to 30 people. This includes … The post Veterans Treatment Courts go online to support Veterans during COVID-19 pandemic appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Pride Month: celebrating all who served
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on June 4, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    VA is committed to providing high-quality, respectful care for Veterans with LGBT and related identities, as well as their families. June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. The post Pride Month: celebrating all who served appeared first on VAntage Point.

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