“VA Photos of the Week” highlight the connections made between our employees and the Veterans they serve every day at VA medical centers, regional offices, and national cemeteries across the country.
This week, we’re showcasing work created by photographers in Phoenix, Sacramento, Milwaukee, and the Twin Cities. From the groundbreaking of a new outpatient clinic that will serve thousands of Veterans to a flashback to the 1950s, these images represent the art of service and commitment.
On March 11, VSO leaders from Arizona joined VA leadership, including VA Chief of Staff Pamela Powers and VHA Chief of Staff Larry Connell, to break ground on a new outpatient clinic in the Phoenix area. When it opens in late 2021, this 203,000 square-foot facility will provide primary care and mental health services to approximately 60,000 Veterans.
Photo by Stacy Jonsgaard
Veteran Thomas Newton is part of Hall of Heroes project at VA Northern California Health Care System. Photographer and visual information officer Jon-Nolan Paresa made dozens of monochrome portraits during the six-month long project, and created an art instillation at the Sacramento VA Medical Center from the images.
St. Paul Regional Office employee Natalie Gries puts the “I” in ICARE.
VA’s St. Paul Regional Office (RO) administers a variety of benefits and services, including Compensation, Education, Insurance, Loan Guaranty, Pension, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment for Veterans, service members, their families, and survivors in Minnesota.
Photo by Ryan Eisele
On March 14, Veterans who participate in the creative arts program at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System were invited to perform at Orchestra Hall. The famous Twin Cities venue is home to the Minnesota Orchestra.
Nationwide, VA medical facilities use the creative arts as a form of rehabilitative treatment to help Veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities.
Photo by April Eilers
Wade Botsford (center, red shirt) a Navy Veteran, and his wife, Jane Jensen, were extremely grateful for the opportunity to attend a 1950’s style sock hop. The event, which also included family and friends of the Veterans, is part of the Celebration Series put on by the Heroes’ Corner Palliative/Hospice Care department at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center.
Photo by Benjamin Slane