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11/15/2021 04:01 PM EST

The loving kindness meditation is a practice that has shown to improve connections with others, reduce feelings of anger, and foster empathy and compassion. With the holidays fast approaching, it is easy to get caught up in thinking about all the things in our lives that are just “not right.” The state of our wallets, the unfinished chores around the house, relationships that are strained. Life can be hard sometimes. [From VAntage Point]

11/15/2021 10:01 AM EST

From the time of the first positive pregnancy test through follow-up appointments, eligible Veterans receive full VA maternity care at their local clinic. Battle Creek VA now offers a fun new program for new or expectant mothers to learn about cooking healthier while socializing with other expectant Veterans. [From VAntage Point]

11/14/2021 02:01 PM EST

Army Veteran and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) volunteer leader Juliet Taylor felt lost during the transition from military to civilian life. “I felt like I needed to jump right back into work,” she said. “It was tough navigating the system.” But seven years after being medically discharged from Army, Taylor is now a leader in the Veteran community in Connecticut. [From VAntage Point]

11/14/2021 11:31 AM EST

During National Native American Heritage Month, today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Veteran Tillie Smith, who served for six years as a mechanic. Tillie Smith grew up in Minnesota as a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe. As a child, she sought opportunities to spend time outside exploring nature. Smith joined the Air Force during her senior year of high school. She attended a recruitment meeting with her friend who was joining the military and wanted Smith there for moral support. [From VAntage Point]

We honor your service, Tillie!

11/12/2021 10:00 AM EST

Social isolation continues to be a challenge in the wake of COVID-19, especially for older Veterans. To lessen the risk factors, VA created the VA Connection Plans program. [From VAntage Point]

11/10/2021 10:00 AM EST

This year, Sgt. 1st Class Chelsea Porterfield became only the 5th woman to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. She was also the first woman Sergeant of the Guard. Learn more about the guard and Porterfield. [From VAntage Point]

11/10/2021 08:01 AM EST

Together We Served (TWS) is proud to offer all Veterans the opportunity to find and connect with people they served with using its new free ‘Veteran Finder’ app, which was specially designed for Android and Apple mobile phones. Based on its acclaimed “Veterans Roll of Honor” tribute website, TWS’s app is a comprehensive directory of all 2.1 million Veteran members of its community website, Togetherweserved.com. [From VAntage Point]