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12/07/2021 05:00 AM EST

Get the Recruitment & Retention, Employment & Integration, Well Being & Treatment, Servicwomen in the News, Women Veterans, and Upcoming Events DACOWITS news from November 2021. [From DACOWITS]

12/06/2021 04:01 PM EST

The holiday season brings joy, happiness and often stress. There is no better time to practice mindfulness so that you can be present to manage the ups and downs of this busy season. Mindful awareness is at the heart of Whole Health, and it can help you to be more present to living your life more fully. [From VAntage Point]

12/06/2021 02:00 PM EST

Here’s how to connect with former service members to alleviate stress and loneliness. Holidays can be a difficult time for many Veterans. The flurry of expectations many women feel during holidays can cause stress or feelings of loneliness. This is especially true for Veterans who may be separated from friends and family due to distance or COVID-19. [From VAntage Point]

12/06/2021 11:30 AM EST

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Veteran Cassie Barlow, who served as a personnel officer and commanded a mission support group. Cassie Barlow was born in 1965 in Buffalo, New York, and graduated as valedictorian of her high school class in 1984. She promptly joined the Air Force after being offered an ROTC scholarship. [From VAntage Point]

We honor your service, Cassie!

12/06/2021 10:00 AM EST

Despite growing up in a tumultuous environment that included being the daughter of drug addicts, suffering abuse at the hands of a family member, and surviving a suicide attempt, Centra “Ce-Ce” Mazyck did not let her trauma define her future. [From VAntage Point]

12/06/2021 09:00 AM EST

However, the Moderna vaccine was found to offer an increased level of protection, including a 21% lower risk of documented infection and 41% lower risk of hospitalization, according to the research team, whose findings were published on December 1, 2021, in the New England Journal of Medicine. [From VAntage Point]

12/06/2021 08:01 AM EST

Approximately four months have passed since the Afghanistan withdrawal. Since then, Veterans across the country have grappled with figuring out what it means to them. For some Veterans, these last four months could have felt like a painful slog. For others, it could have felt like a chaotic blur that whizzed right on by. [From VAntage Point]

12/05/2021 11:30 AM EST

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Rhona Knox Prescott, who served in the Army Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War. Rhona Knox Prescott was born in June 1941, in New York City. During her last year in nursing school, she realized that she could use the skills she was learning in the military and joined the Army Nurse Corps. Her first days in service were at nursing school in New York. [From VAntage Point]

We honor your service, Rhona!

12/05/2021 09:01 AM EST

This month’s author is Hillary Herbst. At the age of 21, Hillary moved for the first time in her life. She wrote “Weight Out” about her experiences in the Coast Guard. That move was to Cape May, New Jersey for Coast Guard boot camp. Hillary served twelve years in the Coast Guard and planned to retire. [From VAntage Point]

12/04/2021 09:01 AM EST

In this episode of the health equity podcast, Dr. Tiffany Lange, a clinical psychologist and LGBTQ+ Veteran program manager at the Hampton VA Medical Center in Virginia, shares how she developed the “PRIDE in All Who Served” health education group. LGBTQ+ Veterans designed this 10-week program for other LGBTQ+ Veterans. [From VAntage Point]

12/02/2021 11:30 AM EST

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Air Forces Veteran Josephine Bogdanich, a 105 year old who served as a mail clerk during World War II. Josephine Bogdanich was born in Chicago, Illinois, in October 1916. She stayed in the city during her childhood and attended Visitation High School. After graduation, she worked as a switch board operator for Illinois Bell Telephone Company. [From VAntage Point]

We honor your service, Josephine!

12/01/2021 08:00 AM EST

The Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes that Veterans are a diverse group who served and sacrificed on behalf of this great Nation. We all have a responsibility to ensure every Veteran who receives treatment, benefits, or services at a VA facility is treated with dignity and respect. VA is committed to ensuring our community is safe, welcoming, and a place that is free of harassment for all Veterans, their caregivers, volunteers, visitors, and employees. [From VAntage Point]