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04/24/2023 04:30 PM EDT

Sleep is an essential part of our body’s ability to maintain good health. Many people struggle with getting enough, which can be due to having difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking up earlier than desired. Even those who seem to sleep well through the night may wake up tired. The amount of sleep needed is different from person to person and may change throughout our lives. [From VA News]
04/23/2023 12:00 PM EDT

Born into an Air Force family, Kathryn Tate’s journey into the Air Force began after graduating from Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1988. She was commissioned as a second lieutenant and went on to serve in various clinical and leadership positions across the United States, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. Tate worked as a clinical nurse, certified nurse-midwife and squadron commander. [From VA News]

We honor her service.
04/20/2023 10:30 AM EDT

It has been a little more than one year since the reignition of the Cancer Moonshot, President Biden’s call-to-action to reduce the death rate from cancer by 50% over the next 25 years and to improve the experience of people living with and surviving cancer. In that time, Cancer Moonshot has been a uniting force behind research, clinical care, patient stories and caregivers. VA has taken on the challenge as a member of the President’s Cancer Cabinet, leading the charge with best-in-class cancer care for our Veterans across the country. [From VA News]
04/20/2023 09:30 AM EDT

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) has appointed five new members to serve on VA’s Advisory Committee on Women Veterans (Committee), in early March. The Committee advises the Secretary on women Veterans’ issues and makes recommendations regarding VA policy, benefits and services created to meet their current and projected needs. [From VA News]

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.