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Department of Veterans Affairs Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Milton Skipper.Milton ser

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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Milton Skipper. Milton served during World War II and went on to volunteer at the VA Hospital in Amarillo, Texas for nearly a decade. As a volunteer at the VA Hospital, Milton traveled many miles to bring Veterans to their health care appointments. He served at the information desk with a smile and was described by the hospital as a “true friend.” He volunteered from 1998 to 2017, contributing over 30,000 hours of service. Milton passed away on July 27, 2017 at the age of 92. We honor his service.

Department of Veterans Affairs Rock Island National Cemetery was established within the confines of t

  • 17.10.2017 22:18
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Rock Island National Cemetery was established within the confines of the U.S. Arsenal located on Rock Island in the Mississippi River near the cities of Davenport, Iowa, and Moline, Ill. Among those for whom Rock Island is their final resting place is Medal of Honor recipient Edward J. Moskala. #HonoringVets #NationalCemetery

Department of Veterans Affairs [Swipe for more pics] Despite damage caused by #HurricaneMaria to the

  • 17.10.2017 17:44
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[Swipe for more pics] Despite damage caused by #HurricaneMaria to the VA clinic in Ponce, Puerto Rico, VA primary care and mental health staff are working with patients with the help of mobile units deployed from throughout the U.S. Currently, the Ponce clinic is providing limited service for primary care and mental health to all Veterans who visit with no appointment, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The San Juan VA Medical Center, including outpatient clinics, emergency room and the VA hospital is fully operational. As with Ponce, mobile units are serving Veterans in Arecibo. Clinics in Ceiba, Comerio, Guayama, Mayaguez, Utuado and Vieques are providing limited primary care services for scheduled appointments and walk-ins.

Department of Veterans Affairs New and soon-to-be Veteran parents and their families attended a baby

Bruce W Carter Veterans Affairs Medical Center

  • 17.10.2017 16:45
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New and soon-to-be Veteran parents and their families attended a baby shower at the Miami VA Healthcare System’s baby shower Saturday, Oct. 14. The baby shower was organized by the Miami VA Women Veterans Program to show appreciation to those who have served our country and their families. Veterans and their families received boxes of diapers, bags full of toiletries, clothing and toys, and other items to help with the new additions to their families. All the items given to Veterans were donated by Miami VA employees and community organizations. Thank you the community organizations and VA staff who donated to make this event possible. A special thank to our Veterans and their families for coming out. #HonoringVets

Department of Veterans Affairs Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Don Ellis Briggs. Don serve

  • 17.10.2017 00:07
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Don Ellis Briggs. Don served during World War II. In April 1943, Don was drafted into the Navy, attaining the rank of Yeoman second class. During his service, he was stationed at the US Naval Base Hawkins Field in Tarawa Island in Asiatic Pacific. Don performed secretarial work and noticed the chaplain needed a personal assistant. The Chaplain chose Don to become his personal assistant. Don began secretarial work for the Chaplain and was in charge of driving him around base. Although, he never saw combat, Don remembers being with the Chaplain and seeing the horrors coming to shore and seeing the dead and wounded. While on the island, he collected hundreds of shells on the beach that he kept, and Don also listened to the radio and was able to see Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour when the USO brought them to perform. Thank you for your service, Don! #HonoringVets

Department of Veterans Affairs Today in Midway, Kentucky, Marine Veteran Matt Bradford led the field

Iron Horse Half Marathon

  • 15.10.2017 15:35
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Today in Midway, Kentucky, Marine Veteran Matt Bradford led the field of runners in the Iron Horse Half Marathon. Bradford, injured in an IED explosion in Iraq in 2007, became the first blind, double amputee to re-enlist in the @usmarinecorps in 2010 after rehabilitation at the Hines VA Medical Center. Matt served in the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Lejeune. #honoringvets

Department of Veterans Affairs Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Raymond Emilio Torres.Raym

  • 15.10.2017 06:06
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Raymond Emilio Torres. Raymond joined the Navy in 1966. After completing Field Medical Training in North Carolina, he was stationed at the Great Lakes Hospital in the general medicine and cancer wards. Raymond was sent to Phu Bai, Vietnam in 1967 with E Company, 2nd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment. In Phu Bai, he ran patrols, worked as a medic, and participated in ambushes, making occasional contact with the Viet Cong. Raymond as in Khe Sanh during the Battle of Khe Sanh, one of the longest and deadliest battles of the war. He was stationed on Hill 861A at an aid station. While helping the wounded Marines, a grenade exploded within three feet of him, leaving him critically injured. Raymond was evacuated from the base and treated. In 1970, Raymond was discharged three months early in order to care for his terminally ill father. After his service, he went on to work for the Red Cross. Thank you for your service, Raymond! #honoringvets

Department of Veterans Affairs The Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Elmer Thomas Park in Lawton, Oklahoma

  • 13.10.2017 18:29
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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Elmer Thomas Park in Lawton, Oklahoma. Photo submitted by @beccadawn88. Thank you, Rebecca! ... We want to spotlight the memorials and monuments in your area. Send us a picture of a memorial with the name of the site, the location, your name and Instagram handle (if you have one) to newmedia@va.gov #VeteransMemorial #honoringvets

Department of Veterans Affairs Happy Birthday @usnavy. On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress

  • 13.10.2017 15:41
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Happy Birthday @usnavy. On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the construction and administration of the first American naval force—the precursor to the United States Navy. For 242 years, in times of peace and conflict, our Navy remains steadfast as our protectors and global ambassadors of our nation's security, heritage, democracy and peace. #HonoringVets Photo courtesy @usnavy.

Department of Veterans Affairs Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Nilsa Rosada Bibiloni. Nils

  • 13.10.2017 02:25
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Nilsa Rosada Bibiloni. Nilsa served during the Persian Gulf War. Nilsa volunteered to serve in Persian Gulf War and enlisted from 1983 to 2005. She enlisted in Puerto Rico and was sent to basic training in Orlando, Florida. While in service, Nilsa was an Aviation Electrician’s Mate. She was one of the first females to obtain this rate since it had just opened for women. She was stationed in Japan and Virginia. Nilsa achieved the rank of senior chief petty officer and was mainly in charge of handling between three to five divisions, focusing on ensuring the safety of the female sailors as the women at sea coordinator. Nilsa was assigned to the Fighter Squadron VF-43 out of NAS Oceana, Fleet Composite Squadron 8, and the USS Kitty Hawk. Nilsa served in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield, and Operation Enduring Freedom. She earned multiple awards for both the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three times), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five times), Navy Good Conduct Medal (five times). Nilsa retired after 22 years of service and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Hampshire University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Troy State University. Thank you for your service, Nilsa! #HonoringVets

Department of Veterans Affairs The #WWI Veterans Memorial in Odebolt, Iowa.Submitted by Mary Bauer.

  • 12.10.2017 21:15
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The #WWI Veterans Memorial in Odebolt, Iowa. Submitted by Mary Bauer. We want to spotlight the memorials and monuments in your area. Send us a picture of a memorial with the name of the site, the location, your name and Instagram handle (if you have one) to newmedia@va.gov #VeteransMemorial #honoringvets

Department of Veterans Affairs Thank you to the anonymous donor at the Columbia, Missouri VA Medical

  • 12.10.2017 20:24
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Thank you to the anonymous donor at the Columbia, Missouri VA Medical Center who recently left this wonderful surprise in the coffee donation box. This generous gift will provide our Columbia Veterans with free coffee for quite a while. Such a great way of #HonoringVets