VA Photos of the Week highlights 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, photographers from Massachusetts, North Carolina, Florida, and Texas shared their best images with us.
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The Bedford VA’s Teresa Harrington, Voluntary Service Specialist, submitted this year’s winning Veterans Day Poster on Oct. 20, to honor her WWII combat Veteran father and all Veterans. Photo via Bedford VA staff.
Check out the Fayetteville VA Medical Center’s Pumpkin Patch! The residents of the Community Living Center had a blast decorating pumpkins on Oct. 22. A special thank you to American Legion Auxiliary (Benson 109) for their sponsorship. Photo via Fayetteville VA staff.
Six Medal of Honor recipients took time to visit James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital to share their experiences and answer questions from staff and visitors on Oct. 24. Vietnam Veterans Gary Littrell, Jay Vargas, Robert Modrzejewski and Drew Dix joined Afghanistan Veterans William Swenson and Leroy Petry at the hospital. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against enemy forces presented to members of the Armed Forces. There are only 70 living recipients of the Medal of Honor today, and we were proud to host this historic event. Photo via Tampa VA staff.
On Oct. 15, the Fayetteville VA celebrated the “White Cane Day 2K Walk/Run” to support Blind Awareness. State Senator Kirk DeViere, along with Director Dan Dücker, were guest speakers for the event. Photo via Fayetteville VA staff.
Dr. Kerry B. Dunbar, AGAF, FASGE, section chief for VA North Texas Gastroenterology, evaluates Navy Veteran Roger Martin’s esophagus using an endoscope to determine the appropriate treatment for Martin’s throat discomfort. As Dunbar performs the procedure, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Allison Insley stabilizes Martin’s head and keeps a weathered eye on his vitals as Dr. Taylor Serousseau, a Fellow resident watches and learns. Dr. Dunbar was recently honored as part of a team, under the VA Cooperative Studies Program, to have a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine having to do with the evaluation and treatment of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a digestive disorder that affects the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. Many people, including pregnant women, suffer from heartburn or acid indigestion caused by GERD. Photo via Michael Cole, public affairs specialist at the VA North Texas Health Care System.
Boy Scouts, James (Troop 800/Aberdeen) and Thomas (Troop 7/Pinehurst), visited Fayetteville #VAMC. They set up a cart with treat bags and drinks to greet our #Veterans and staff. They offered everyone refreshments and thanked them for their #service. Our Veterans and staff loved it. What a fantastic, thoughtful gesture. Thank you, James and Thomas. Photo via Fayetteville VA staff.