VA Top Stories - May 17, 2019

"This Week at VA" is a digital newsletter with top news and stories from across the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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This Week at VA photo shows VA EVAL class visiting the Blue Angels
TOP PHOTO: The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System's 2019 EVAL Class enjoyed a field trip to visit the U.S. Navy Blue Angels facility in Pensacola, Florida, thanks to VA employee Paul Orr, formerly the Command Master Chief for the Blue Angels. While there, the class also received a private air show! (Photo by Tom Coffelt, Visual Information Specialist, Medical Media Service, Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System.)

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Tune in May 22 for a Facebook Live featuring VA mental health apps and telemental offerings

Join VA's Office of Connected Care and the Army Wife Network for a Facebook Live event featuring VA Mental Health Apps and TeleMental Offering.
Join VA and Army Wife Network for a Facebook Live Event

B-17 crew saves young British boy's life

The 10-man crew of the B-17 "Mi Amigo" crashed into a forest to avoid killing a group of school children following a bombing run during World War II. Seventy-five years later, Tony Foulds still honors the men who saved his life that day.
Picture of the crew of the "Mi Amigo"

Borne the Battle Episode 145 graphic
Are you a fan of podcasts? Borne the Battle is our weekly #podcast where we interview Veterans and share their stories with you.
This week's guest is Jan Ohrstrom. Jan is an Army Veteran, professional wrestler, VA employee and a producer of the "Valhalla Club" documentary that you can currently watch on Amazon Prime. Also recently featured on the first episode of Comedy Central's new show, "Klepper," The Valhalla Club is a Veteran wrestling stable that uses wrestling to cope with PTSD.

Telehealth working well for rural Veterans

This Air Force military police and Vietnam Veteran has had three heart attacks and needs cardiac rehabilitation. He does it from home using a telehealth program funded by VA's Office of Rural Health.
Picture shows a bridge spanning over a river.

Other-than-honorable discharge?

If you have an other-than-honorable discharge, you can still receive mental health treatment at a VA medical center. For combat Veterans who served at least 100 days and sexual assault victims.
Veteran standing alone while people walk by


Finding Purpose - I expected it to be a lot easier. Picture shows a man looking at the camera.

Finding Purpose

Getting out of the military and returning to civilian life can present both opportunities and challenges. Hear how opening up and reaching out for support can help with the transition and lead you to your next mission.Visit to learn more.