One of VA's ongoing missions is to provide a positive health care experience for all Veterans. That mission includes focusing on Veterans' needs, working with health care providers who want to make a difference, and providing a safe healing environment.
Below are some stories from both Veterans and VA health care providers that illustrate the many ways VA is committed to creating a positive health care experience:
US Marine Infantry Veteran, Jonathon Taylor, and US Navy Hospital Corpsman Veteran, Joshua Alles spent two years of their lives together while serving in the United States Marine Corps Infantry unit 1st Battalion 2nd Marine Regiment stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Completing their first of, what would be many eventual tours to Iraq; they are once again on the same path pursuing careers with the Veterans Health Administration.
“I just always liked messing with Doc Alles as he was our weapons platoon Doc (Hospital Corpsman or more commonly known as medic). I was the platoon jokester and I thought he was always funny so we had an instant connection. From the months of training for combat, to going on liberty in Spain, Italy, and France, to serving side by side in Iraq, we were always doing stuff together” shares Taylor.
(L-R): Dr. Agit Deshmukh, MD and Army Veteran Harry Morales; Navy Veteran Stanley Read, PCTC, OR; and Babak Givi, MD, Director of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
How is he doing? “Fantastic!” answers 8-year Army Veteran Harry Morales. At 72, looking years younger, he looks forward to resuming scuba diving with sharks and barracudas. This was something that until very recently, he could not even consider because he was in so much pain and his leg was so stiff following a left knee replacement nine years ago.
A diagnosis by Orthopedic Surgeon Ajit Deshmukh, MD, revealed that Morales was allergic to his knee prosthesis, which was made of nickel. Once Dr. Deshmukh removed the artificial knee and replaced it with one made of another material, Morales’ recovery has been quick, assisted by consistent physical therapy. “Now, I’m 95 percent recovered,” says Morales, who never anticipated he would be in such good shape.