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Find out more about how the Bonus Army protests set lawmakers on a path to provide benefits to Veterans who had served their country. The History of VA in 100 Objects virtual exhibit explores the history of the nation’s efforts to honor and reward Veterans for their service by spotlighting objects that tell key parts of the VA story.

Reflections from the Front: The Experiences of Women Veterans is a podcast that grew out of the interviews Parker Beverly, VSFS intern, conducted with women Veterans in the Fall of 2021 and Spring of 2022. Each episode focuses on the military career of a different woman with some serving overseas in Vietnam or the Pacific during World War II while others served on the home front. Despite having varying experiences, the women all showed incredible resolve in the face of adversity. The podcast aims to shed light on the stories of women Veterans who paved the way for future generations of women in the military.

On a snowy night Philadelphia in December 1829, artist John Neagle encountered a homeless, Revolutionary War Veteran named Joseph Winter. After hearing his story, Neagle decided to paint the ex-soldier’s portrait. Click the video below to learn more about the portrait and how it stirred the conscience of the nation. The picture of Joseph Winter is Object #7 in the History of VA in 100 Objects virtual exhibit. Visit the 100 Objects Gallery to catch up on all the previous entries in the exhibit.

Welcome to Standing Ready: An Inside Look at the Untold History of the VA's Medical Innovations. Join us as we elevate and highlight significant medical and scientific contributions of the nation's largest healthcare system.Join us for interviews with VHA innovators and pioneers, exploring how VHA has changed the landscape of medicine over 75 years with topics on the history of prosthetic limbs, adaptive sports, how history has influenced VHA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and more!

Billy Johnson's family was notified that he was missing in action on December 21, 1941, after the attack on Pearl Harbor two weeks prior. The Christmas card he sent earlier that month arrived the following day. Thanks to advancements in forensic DNA, Fireman First Class Billy Johnson became the 200th sailor positively identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency - thus getting his name back.

VBA Historian Dr. Jeffrey Seiken and VHA Historian Katie Delacenserie talk with the National World War II Museum on the transition Veterans made soon after returning home from the Second World War. 

VHA Historian Katie Delacenserie discusses the Veteran Health Administrations legacy as part of the 75th Anniversary celebration. 

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