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04/03/2023 04:31 PM EDT

We often get sucked into a screen all day long—and often well into the night, too. Social media, television, streaming movies and other online temptations are a constant companion that take us out of the real world and into the virtual. In between these moments, we may take a 3-minute break here, a 4-minute break there, and maybe another 5 minutes while we wait for our coffee or tea. Unfortunately, while we are focusing on our screens, we are not paying attention to our bodies, our breath or our thoughts. [From VA News]

04/03/2023 09:39 AM EDT

Congratulations to U.S. Navy Lt. Amanda Lee, the first woman fighter jet pilot in the squadron’s 76-year history. Her historic flight was witnessed by more than 12,000 attendees. In her new role as the Left Wing No. 3 demo pilot, she will further the legacy of female aviators proudly serving in the Navy around the world. For over 55 years, hundreds of women have served with the Blues in a variety of capacities. [From Military Times]

04/01/2023 12:00 PM EDT

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Norma Hudgens. Before joining the military, Norma Hudgens had been a teacher, working with 4th graders at Manuel S. Rojas Elementary School in Cavite City, Philippines. She had received a bachelor’s degree in education in 1967 from the Philippine Women’s University in Manila. [From VA News]

We honor her service.

03/31/2023 02:30 PM EDT

According to Disabled American Veterans, there are approximately 1 million LGBTQ+ Veterans in the United States. VA strives to be a national leader in the health and well-being for LGBTQ+ Veterans and to deliver care that fits each individual’s unique needs. VA’s National Center for Healthcare Advancement and Partnerships (HAP) works with the LGBTQ+ program to support diversity and inclusion-driven initiatives for all Veterans. [From VA News]

03/30/2023 11:56 AM EDT

Anything — any words, statements, preconceived notions — that keeps a Veteran from accessing care costs this country. It breaks down the very foundation we were built on and our commitment to care for those who serve. [From Military.com]

03/29/2023 04:30 PM EDT

VA’s Center for Women Veterans honors Dr. Alicia Y. Christy, a woman Veteran, VA employee, professor, advocate and artist. Dr. Christy retired this month after 22 years of Army service and 20 years of civilian federal service. We caught up with her for a quick interview and to find out what’s next in store for her. [From VA News]

03/28/2023 09:31 PM EDT

The VA Women’s Health Reengagement Training (heaRT) Team is on a mission to share information on VA’s women’s health services. VA Women’s heaRT discusses how to apply for and use VA health care to educate women Veterans on the care they earned and deserve. Here are five things you need to know about the training. [From VA News]