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Gulf Coast Veteran is Thankful for VA

a man takes a close up picture of some leaves

In the past five years, Veteran Brian Fleming has taken over 5,000 images. (Photo by VA Biloxi Medical Media Services)

by Mary Kay Gominger, Public Affairs Specialist
Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Day means many things to many people. Veteran Brian Fleming is thankful for the health care he has received at his VA medical center. He feels safe there.

Army Veteran Brian Fleming knows what it’s like to be stuck at home, days on end, with nothing to do but watch television and stare at a computer screen or sleep. For several years after he was medically discharged from the Army as a result of a rappelling accident, the only thing Brian did for himself was to go to the Biloxi VA Medical Center every week for his therapy appointment. That was the extent and highlight of his week.

Then one day several years ago, Brian became interested in some of his friend’s photos that he had posted online. He started asking some questions and decided to try to take a few photos of his own. That was five years ago. By his estimates, Brian has taken over 5,000 images.

 There’s no place that I feel safer than
here at the VA. 

“Photography has opened up a whole new world for me,” Brian said. “It gets me out of the house and motivates me to do something. Between the therapy I receive here at the VA and my photography, I am a much happier, well rounded person.”

Like many Veterans Brian finds a certain comfort in coming to the VA and spending time with other Veterans, ones that have shared the same experiences that he has.

“I take photos in the community but there’s no place that I feel safer than here at the VA,” Brian said. “Where else would I find a group of people that know how I feel and what I’ve been through? I love it here and think it is such a beautiful campus. The trees, the flowers, the buildings…they all inspire me.”