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:
Vietnam War Combat Veteran Mike Zorn’s mission didn’t end 50 years ago in the jungles of Vietnam or Southeast Asia. It didn’t end in the troubling years back in the States after the war was over either. Fast forward to 2018 and during the decades since America’s own political struggle and failures, this former U.S. Army warrior turned “Man of Faith and Family” has become well known in Spokane and throughout the Pacific Northwest as a devout servant and volunteer, especially for Veterans.
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A very moving and positive Cancer Survivors Day event was held June 6 at VA’s Brooklyn campus. Dr. Patrick Malloy, Chief of Radiology and Executive Chief of Staff at VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, noted that his father had suffered from stomach cancer and he read a cancer survivor’s poem.
Then, Lucretia Gayle, a 21-year Army Veteran and NYC Police Detective who specializes in investigations of organized crime, weapons and drugs, described the highs and lows of her life after receiving a diagnosis of stage 2 breast cancer a year ago.
Explaining how a feeling of loss of control was the hardest part for her, Ms. Gayle was extremely appreciative of the care and compassion provided by Oncologist Dr. Andrea Leaf and she named many nurses, among others, who treated her at VA. Ms. Gayle is now feeling well, increasingly open about sharing her experience to help fellow patients.