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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:

Veteran Alexandrea Gries and her service dog Sherman.Veteran Alexandrea Gries and her service dog Sherman.

Veteran talks about suicide to help other Veterans

She tried to take her own life eight times in one year while serving as a soldier in the 4th Infantry Division in 2008. The stressors of combat, losing a couple of very close friends in battle and adapting to life back in the U.S. after serving in Iraq was too much for her to handle.

And when she left the Army a few months later after being assigned to a wounded warrior unit – and she came back to Fresno where she grew up – things didn’t get any better. But she went to VA for help, and the process of healing began.

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Dr. Sarah Candler and her fiancé, gutting and cleaning a friends flooded house on what would have been their wedding day.Dr. Sarah Candler and her fiancé, gutting and cleaning a friends flooded house on what would have been their wedding day.
Army Veteran Jerome Dunn

Wedding Can Wait for Houston VA Physician

The wrath of devastation and confusion caused by Hurricane Harvey brought out the best in many people. Dr. Sarah Candler of the Houston VA Medical Center is a fine example.

Before Harvey, Sarah Candler, Primary Care Physician at the VA medical center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, had been planning her wedding day for September 3, 2017.

But Hurricane Harvey had other plans.

Dr. Candler volunteered to stay overnight at the VA hospital the evening Harvey made landfall, bracing for the storms impact.

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