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VA Removes Former D.C. Medical Center Director: New Accountability Measures Used (9/20/2017)

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has fired former Washington, D.C., VA Medical Center Director Brian Hawkins for his failure to provide effective leadership to the D.C. Medical Center.

VA Releases Veteran Suicide Statistics by State (9/15/2017)

WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its analysis of Veteran suicide data for 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

Veterans with Disabilities Gear Up for Adventure at San Diego Summer Sports Clinic: National Adaptive Sports Event Marks 10th Year (9/15/2017)

WASHINGTON - Veterans from across the country are set to participate in the 10th National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic from Sept. 17-22 in San Diego, California.

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“It’s less of a physical sport than it is a mental sport, so as soon as you level the playing field with equipment, and everybody can sail the boats effectively, it’s all about how you manage the course, how you outsmart your competitors, and how you work as team,” said Warrior Sailing Program coordinator Cory Kapes. “Veterans are naturally great at those skills, and they can all try sailing here at the Clinic. If they love it, we help them join our program.”

Army Veteran and clinic ambassador Charles “Chuck” Miller tried sailing for the first time when he was a participant at the 2015 Summer Sports Clinic said, “It changed my life. Sailing is a peaceful, slow, and technical sport. You can feel the water and hear the waves and the birds. You don’t have to be able to see to enjoy sailing.”
Miller is also the first blind Veteran ever to complete the Warrior Sailing Program. He jokingly adds, “the program has changed my life to where I feel probably way more independent than I should, sometimes I even forget I’m blind.”


About the author: Jamie Dannen is a public affairs specialist in the Technical Career Field Program at VA New Orleans. She is an Army Veteran and a graduate of Kansas State University.

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