VA Top Stories - May 10, 2019

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TOP PHOTO: VA nurse manager Virginia Warren stands with fellow nurses on VA North Texas Health Care System's ward 7C-200. In 1975, with the Vietnam War still fresh in the minds of the American public, most high school senior graduation plans did not include joining the U.S. Army. But for eighteen-year-old Virginia "Ginny" Warren, the North Texas daughter of a cotton farmer, the Army looked like an ideal path. (Photo by Michael Cole for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

Click here to learn more about Ginny's and her 44-year journey from soldier to VA Nurse. 



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VA building trust with Veterans through customer experience improvements

VA's Veterans Experience Office has implemented several initiatives over the last two year's to improve the customer experience.

Ted Williams

Ted Williams: an American hero

Beyond his heroic contributions to America's pastime, Williams was a U.S. Veteran who enlisted in the military in 1942, after the U.S. entered World War II.

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This week's guest is Joseph Pennington, a former Navy Seabee and the current Director of Military Programs for Allstate. Joseph talks about how his grandfather, a WWII Veteran, inspired him to raise his right hand. He also talks about his transition, his experience in building military programs for various companies, and how that experience led him to his current role at Allstate.

Libby Jamison

Board attorney Libby Jamison named Military Spouse Changemaker of the Year

Libby Jamison, an attorney at the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board), has been named the 2019 Military Spouse Changemaker of the Year.

Veteran Family

VA to Celebrate Women's Health Week May 12-18

In celebration of National Women's Health Week, May 12-18, VA Medical Centers across the country will host events to support women Veterans and connect them with VA's health care services.


Make the Connection
This Mental Health Month, hear Veterans share the moment that sparked their recovery — and changed their lives. Now, they encourage fellow Veterans to reach out for support when they need it. Visit for more.