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03/20/2023 04:31 PM EDT

friend of mine was laughing about teaching her son to ride a bicycle. She took him to a church parking lot in the middle of the week, so he’d have plenty of space to move around. Her son pointed out, “Mom, there’s a light pole in the middle.” She told him that there was so much room he didn’t need to worry about it. [From VA News]

03/20/2023 10:47 AM EDT

Women in the military are already in the minority – but women in the U.S. Marine Corps make up an even smaller bunch. One woman who is enlisted is showing her strength in ways she never thought she would. Now she’s sharing her inspirational message and what it means to be strong. [From Fox 11 Los Angeles]

03/19/2023 09:31 AM EDT

“Fuel for the Future” is the 2023 theme for National Nutrition Month. For me, the message was a head-scratcher. What kind of fuel? Whose future? After some thought, I found the wisdom lies within its ambiguity. [From VA News]

03/17/2023 09:30 AM EDT

On Thursday, VA announced an updated version of its 1959 mission statement: “To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise to care for those who have served in our nation’s military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors.” The new mission statement is inclusive of all those who have served in our nation’s military—including women Veterans—as well as Veteran families, caregivers, and survivors. [From VA News]

03/16/2023 02:30 PM EDT

March is National Nutrition Month®. As we celebrate this year’s theme of “Fuel for the Future,” let’s all take a few minutes to look at our plate, starting with the newest Fresh Focus podcasts. [From VA News]

03/15/2023 12:01 PM EDT

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Melissa Harcrow, who served as a logistics warrant officer for an explosive ordinance disposal battalion during combat operations in Afghanistan. Melissa Harcrow didn’t see herself as having very much ambition while growing up in El Paso, Texas. [From VA News]

We honor her service.

03/15/2023 10:30 AM EDT

If you’re a woman Veteran, your experience with health conditions may be different than men who served… and your risk for certain diseases may be different from civilian women. At VA, we’re making health discoveries for women Veterans through the Million Veteran Program (MVP). One in 10 MVP participants are women. [From VA News]

03/14/2023 12:01 PM EDT

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Mary “Missy” Cummings, who was one of the first women to serve as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy. Mary “Missy” Cummings had originally been advised to join the Air Force growing up, often being told it was a better environment for women. However, she wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and, in 1998, went on to study mathematics at the U.S. Naval Academy. [From VA News]

We honor her service.