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 Texas, Florida, Michigan, Louisiana and Arkansas shared their best images with us.
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WWII Veteran Bobby Osborne uses his in-home monitoring device to send his daily readings to his nurse at VA North Texas as part of the home telehealth program. Osborne served in the Navy from 1943-1946 and was stationed aboard USS Chester (CA-27). He turns 96 in February. The home telehealth program is used to help manage chronic diseases and to improve clinical outcomes and access to care while reducing complications, hospitalizations, and clinic or emergency room visits for Veterans in post-acute care settings. Photo by Jennifer Roy, public affairs specialist at the VA North Texas Health Care System.
“Coffee & Conversation: Whole Health Edition” sparked the attention of Orlando VA’s Veterans on Jan. 7. It wasn’t only because of the free coffee, but because Veterans found what matters to them by discovering the many non-traditional opportunities to obtain the healthiest and best life they have always desired. “Today was a great Coffee & Conversation because it gave us an opportunity to not just learn what pieces are available related to exercising, etc., but that it is a whole circle of services, and that the Veteran is at the center. That to me is really important because it lends to patient-centered services and health, and that is something that I have been looking forward to for a long time,” said Kimberly Jones, an Army Veteran. Thanks to Orlando VA’s Coffee & Conversation, many Veterans can learn new things to improve their lifestyle habits. Photo via Orlando VA staff.
The National Veteran Golden Age Game (#NVGAG) Motown team is hard at work preparing for this year’s Golden Age competitions coming up this June in Madison, Wisconsin. These Detroit VA Veterans are practicing visually impaired Boccia Ball, pool, Shuffleboard, and Corn Hole. Veterans are also practicing in the ambulatory and wheelchair division Boccia Ball, Shuffleboard, Nineball, Table Tennis, and Corn Hole. We can’t wait to cheer for these hardworking Veterans! Photos via Detroit VA staff.
The Transition Care Management (TCM) Team at Overton Brooks VAMC partnered with the Shreveport Mudbugs Hockey Team during their Military Appreciation Weekend on Jan. 4. TCM Veterans were able to enjoy a free hockey game and meet John Ring and Jimmy Mathews of the Buddy Watch Walk – Pier to Pier. These two Veterans are walking across the country from Georgia to California to raise awareness for Veterans’ issues such as PTSD, homelessness, and suicide prevention. Photos via Shreveport VA staff.
It has been said that relationships are one of the best vehicles of transformation. The James A. Haley Veteran Hospital’s (JAHVH) Motor Vehicle Transportation operators are transforming relationships with Veterans, caregivers and staff by providing world-class service ensuring riders are safe and secure on hospital shuttles when they ride to and from parking lots and other locations. JAHVH’s shuttles have four routes that transport more than 100 riders per shuttle each day. When the transportation operators pick up passengers, they ask if the ramp can be lowered for an assisted lift, as well as making sure passengers are safe and secure before the ride. Photos via James A. Haley VA staff.
Meet the wonderful Mr. Bruce Ingels, a WWII Veteran. Mr. Ingels, 95, served as a loadmaster for C-47s in the Army Air Corps in India and Myanmar. He received the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System coin on Jan. 6 to honor his service. Photos via Arkansas VA staff.