Celebrating Black History

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Celebrating Black History


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February is Black History Month, and the Caregiver Support Program (CSP) is excited to join our country in celebrating the extraordinary legacy of Black Americans.

There are more than two million Black Veterans in the United States (U.S.) who have made incredible sacrifices for our country. Veterans such as Lawrence Brooks, who was the oldest known World War II Veteran. Brooks was drafted in 1940 and served in the Army’s 91st Engineer Battalion. On January 5, 2022, Brooks passed away at 112 years old.

In alignment with this year’s national Black History Month theme, Black Health and Wellness, CSP would like to highlight a few Veterans who in the past, played critical roles in the healthcare of all Veterans, and in the present will shape the future of what’s to come:

Former Secretary Jesse Brown

Jesse Brown was the first Black Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA). Former Secretary Brown was a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and a fierce trailblazer in developing medical, housing, and employment programs for injured Veterans. In 2004, the VA Chicago Health Care System was renamed in honor of Former Secretary Brown.

Dr. Howard Kenney

Dr. Howard Kenney was the first Black director to integrate the VA hospital system with his position at the East Orange, New Jersey, VA facility. In 1969, he again made history by becoming the first Black American to be appointed as a VA Regional Medical Director. Dr. Kenney also worked as an associate deputy chief for policy, plans and operations at VA central headquarters before retiring in the 1970s.

Brandy Woods

Brandy Woods is a 2020 recipient of the Veterans Healing Veterans (VHV) Medical Access & Scholarship Program.  Brandy, a U.S. Army Veteran, attends Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Morehouse is one of 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country and one of nine medical schools participating in VHV.

CSP is thankful for the generations of military service among Black Americans and honored to support those who have caregivers within our program. Happy Black History Month.

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