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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. 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 Dorris Miller »

Image of Florence Standish

Florence 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. 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 designs of national cemeteries are carefully planned and implemented, but changes have occurred since the first rules were put in place after 1867.  For more information about the principles that shape the cemeteries to this day, visit the National Park Serice's website »

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 predessor 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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