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07/28/2023 12:00 PM EDT

Susan Josephine Pitcher was born September 29, 1901, in Des Moines, Iowa, one of five children born to Edwin and Ida Pitcher. After graduating from nursing school, she joined the Navy in 1929. Pitcher became a nurse anesthetist and worked at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station before being sent to the Philippines on the eve of Pearl Harbor. [From VA News]

We honor her service.

07/28/2023 10:30 AM EDT

We know life after pregnancy can get pretty hectic, and it can be tough to prioritize you first. Whether it’s the lack of sleep that comes with being a new parent or the emotional toll that pregnancy or pregnancy loss can have on your mental health, VA gets it. We provide a variety of health care services during and after pregnancy, and we consider the unique needs that may come with being a Veteran so you receive health care that is tailored to you. [From VA News]

07/28/2023 08:30 AM EDT

Signed into law on June 7, 2022, the Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas Supporting Expanded Review for Veterans in Combat Environment (SERVICE) Act (P.L. 117-133 ) expands breast cancer screening eligibility for Veterans and ensures research continues to advance our knowledge of toxic exposures and breast cancer. Thomas was a Marine Corps Veteran and public health professional. She deployed to Iraq in 2005, where she was exposed daily to a burn pit on base. In 2018, she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She died on April 5, 2022, at the age of 42. Her legacy of service lives on through the SERVICE Act. [From VA News]