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Chicago Winter Stand Down helps Veterans in need

Hundreds of area Veterans got a helping hand during the Chicago Winter Stand Down at the Illinois National Guard Northwest Armory on Oct. 28.

Navy Veteran Charlie Hayes receives a blood test from Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital staff during the Chicago Winter Stand Down on Oct. 29, 2022. (Department of Veterans Affairs photo by Matthew Moeller, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital)

Hines VA plants 500 flags to raise awareness of Intimate Partner Violence

Five hundred purple and white flags were planted at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital on Oct. 13, 2022, to honor those who have experienced Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), also known as domestic violence.

Staff plant 500 purple and white flags at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital on Oct. 13, 2022, to honor those who have experienced Intimate Partner Violence.

An empty seat. A powerful symbol.

An empty seat waiting to be filled. That’s the hope of Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital’s Remembrance Table, also known as America’s White Table.

Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital’s Remembrance Table symbolizes the more than 80,000 American Veterans listed as missing or captured, and those waiting for their return. It sits in the facility’s cafeteria, in hopes that it will one day be filled by a returning Veteran. (Photo by Louis Washkowiak, Hines VA Hospital Media Services)

Hines VA Hospital’s Suicide Prevention Art Fair brings together Veterans, community and survivors

Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital hosted a Suicide Prevention Art Walk and Fair, on Sept. 8, to raise awareness of and prevent Veteran suicide.

Ian Long, a Navy Veteran, co-organized Hines VA Hospital's Suicide Prevention Art Walk and Fair, on Sept. 8, 2022. The event raised awareness of Veteran suicide and provided resources for those in need.

Hines transplant surgeon appointed to national VA position

Dr. Reynold Lopez-Soler, Director of Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital’s Renal Transplant Program, was appointed Chairman of the Department of Veterans Affairs Transplant Surgery Surgical Advisory Board (SAB).

Dr. Reynold Lopez-Soler consults with a Veteran about kidney transplant options at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital on Aug. 11, 2022. Lopez-Soler is the Director of Hines VA's Renal Transplant Program.

Hines Vets win 18 medals at Golden Age Games

A team of 10 Veterans won a combined 18 medals at this year’s National Veterans Golden Age Games while representing Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

Franklin Newson, of Naperville, Illinois, poses with some of his 19 medals earned during the National Veterans Golden Age Games. Newson has competed with a team from Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital since 2017, and won 7 medals during the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, games in July 2022.

WWII Veteran gets surprise birthday party at La Salle VA Clinic

A World War II Navy Veteran celebrated his 98th trip around the sun with a little help from the La Salle VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC).

World War II Navy Veteran Ervin Safranek, of Paw Paw, Illinois, celebrated his 98th birthday during a surprise party thrown by La Salle VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic staff, on July 21, 2022.

New nation-wide Veterans Crisis Line number begins July 16 – 988 and Press 1

On July 16, 2022, the nation-wide Veterans Crisis Line will transition to a new number: 988 and Press 1.

On July 16, 2022, the nation-wide Veterans Crisis Line will transition to a new number. 988 and Press 1.

Hines VA Hospital doctor awarded Patriot Award by U.S. Department of Defense

An Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital doctor received the Department of Defense's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award on June 27.

Dr. Paul Nemeth displays his Patriot Award from the Department of Defense alongside his nominator, Kristine Nicoletto. Nemeth is chief of Emergency Medicine at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. He received the award for his eight years of supervisor support to Nicoletto, a lieutenant colonel in the Illinois Air National Guard's 182nd Medical Group. The award is given to civilian supervisors for directly supporting Military Reserve and National Guard members. (Photo by Jeff Howerton)