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Stinson in aircraft.Katherine Stinson was an early aviation pioneer, becoming the fourth woman to receive a pilot license in the nation. Her flying career took her to the door steps of World War I and back. Click to learn more.

Doris Miller

Doris Miller joined the Navy in 1939, on the eve of World War II, as a mess attendant. He was assigned to a battleship at Pearl Harbor, and on Dec. 7, 1941 performed acts of gallantry that earned him the Navy Cross. Click to learn more. 

Nurse StandishFlorence Standish was a nurse that worked on the historic Asheville VA Medical Center campus in the early 20th Century when the Army maintained the hospital. A photo found by a local VA employee began a journey that helped explain this pioneering nurse. Click to learn more.


75th AnniversaryThis year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Veterans Health Administration, established in 1946 by then VA Administrator General Omar Bradley and Medical Director Major. General Paul Hawley, M.D. Learn more about the last 75 years with "A Legacy of Service. The Future of Care" video and historic timeline.

Collage of Presidents who served Know how many Presidents have served in the military? After you take a guess, dive into a blog post on the VAntage Point to get answer. 

Postcard image of the Memphis National Cemetery  The designs of national cemeteries are carefully planned and implemented, but changes have occurred since the first rules were put in place after 1867. Click to learn more about the principles that shape the cemeteries to this day. 

Ward Memorial Hall at Northwestern Branch in Milwaukee from 1881 book  The National Park Service and the VA partnered in a research program on the first national healthcare program for Veterans - the National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. Click to learn about these early efforts to serve Veterans.

100th Anniversary of VA Central Office   In 2019, VA celebrated the100th Anniversary of the Arlington Building, today known commonly as VA Central Office (VACO). Completed in 1919 to house the Bureaus of War Risk Insurance, a predessor to the VA, it has served as the headquarters building for VA efforts since then. Click for a timeline, video and more.


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