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In Case You Missed It:  The Center for Minority Veterans is sharing recent news stories that may be of interest to minority Veterans, service members, and their supporters on a weekly basis.


07/09/2024 04:30 PM EDT

All Veterans face unique challenges when returning home and transitioning back to civilian life, and our mental health professionals—psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and more—are integral to empowering Veterans to take charge of their wellbeing and pursue fuller lives. Veterans from diverse backgrounds may face additional challenges and stigmas with regard to mental health. Recognizing those concerns, VA works to combat disparities by centering health equity as a key consideration. [From VA News]

07/07/2024 09:30 AM EDT

World War II was a pivotal period for Chinese Americans, marking a significant shift in their societal status and contributions to the United States. Despite facing discrimination, Chinese Americans played a crucial role in the war effort, which ultimately led to greater acceptance and recognition of their contributions. [From VA News]

07/04/2024 09:30 AM EDT

VA’s Center for Minority Veterans (CMV) and Center for Women Veterans (CWV) held a hybrid event on June 18 to mark Juneteenth at VA headquarters in Washington, D.C. For the event, Army Veteran Stephanie Merlo sat down with retired Army General Dr. Linda Singh and Anthony Woods, secretary, Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, for a conversation on the nature of our Nation’s ancestral roots and the history of Juneteenth. [From VA News]

06/26/2024 02:30 PM EDT

“I have been thinking a lot about suicide,” said the Veteran, not making much eye contact. Unlike in past discussions, on this day he had a plan and access to lethal means. He had dealt with distress and thoughts of suicide most of his life—a life that included hiding that he was gay and coping with childhood sexual abuse and military sexual trauma. [From VA News]

06/26/2024 10:30 AM EDT

VA is bringing health care and other benefits to Native American Veterans living in the highly rural areas of the Grand Canyon State. Joshua Wear, a Rural Health coordinator with Northern Arizona VA, which provides services to about 34,000 Veterans over an area of more than 65,000 square miles, leads a team of VA personnel who frequently travel to remote areas to provide rural and Native Veterans VA resources that are normally harder for them to access. [From VA News]