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NCA's World War II Burial Program.

This National Cemetery Administration (NCA) publication is the first in a series on topics related to World War II. For the VA History Office's first Memorial Day features post, take time to learn NCA's efforts to memorialize the men and women who served in that epic conflict and who now rest in cemeteries managed by VA. NCA's WORLD WAR II BURIAL PROGRAM »

Dr. Andrew Schally, Nobel Prize laureate.

Dr. Andrew Schally was born in Poland, and through early struggles under German occupation during World War II, started a journey as a medical researcher that would take him to VA and groundbreaking research on hormones. In this feature by VA History intern Parker Beverly, follow along Dr. Schally's career as his medical research was recognized in 1977 with the Nobel Prize.  Dr. Andrew Schally Nobel Prize achievements. »

Lincoln stained glass window.

After the Civil War concluded, the Veteran service organization Grand Army of the Republic commissioned multiple stained glass windows that were early powered light displays. Two survive today at VAs in Leavenworth, Kansas and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. STAINED GLASS WINDOWS HISTORY »

Dr. Rosalyn Yalow, VA medical researcher and Nobel Prize laureate.

In 1977, Dr. Rosalyn Yalow, a medical researcher and doctor at the Bronx VA Hospital, became the second woman awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. In an exhibit crafted by VA History intern Parker Beverly, learn how Dr. Yalow strived to break through gender barriers in the medical field to become an expert in radioimmunoassay. HER STORY PRESENTED IN A NEW SPARK EXHIBIT AND FEATURE »

NCA Monument dedication in 1895.

Since Memorial Day was instituted in 1868 (initially as Decoration Day), this event at the end of May became an opportunity to dedicate new monuments in national cemeteries. National Cemetery Administration Senior Historian Sara Amy Leach details some of the approximately 100 monuments dedicated on this holiday. NCA MONUMENTS DEDICATED ON MEMORIAL DAY »

Gen. Omar Bradley.

Soon after World War II concluded, Gen. Omar Bradley, fresh off relinquishng command of the U.S. Army's Twelfth Army Group, was given a critical mission back stateside - take charge of the Veterans Adminsitration and prepare to support the millions of Veterans coming back home.  STORY ON HOW GEN. BRADLEY SHAPED THE VA FOR THE FUTURE »

Postcard image - minimized.

Postcards were used frequently in the late 19th and early 20th century to capture Veterans' daily life at the 11 different National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers branches. Check out the artwork and photographs from that era in this exhibit by VA History Office intern Kara Wheeler. 

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 doorsteps of World War I and back. Learn more about Katherine Stinson »

Image of Dorris 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. Learn more about Doris Miller »

Image of Florence Standish

Florence Standish was a nurse who 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 identify this pioneering nurse. Learn more about Florence Standish »

75th Anniversary

This 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. View the video » and read the 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. Read the blog »

Postcard image of the Memphis National Cemetery

The appearance of the first national cemeteries was planned and implemented starting in the late 1860s, but over time features have evolved. For the Civil War sesquicentennial (2011-2015), VA and the National Park Service partnered to explore aspects of these historic landscapes.

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. To learn about these early efforts to serve Veterans, visit the National Park Service website »

100th Anniversary of VA Central Office

In 2019, VA celebrated the 100th 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 predecessor to the VA, it has served as the headquarters building for VA efforts since then. Learn more about a century at VA's central office building »

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