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Upholding Valor podcast: Afghanistan and 9/11

Two Veterans from two wars describe their emotions surrounding the 20th anniversary of 9/11 coinciding with the end of the 20-year war in Afghanistan. Their candor and vulnerability is both heartbreaking, yet inspiring as we present one of our more powerful episodes of Upholding Valor.

Military planes on a runway
In the spotlight at VA Salt Lake City

Get your flu shot

It's flu season, and it’s now more important than ever to get the flu shot as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hands holding up a sign that says Get your flu shot

Hope after PTSD

Everyone falls. Even heroes. Chris Hird learned that the hard way. So did the woman that saved him.

Chris Hird

Housing linked to lower health care costs

Scientists and social workers have long known that homeless Veterans have more adverse health conditions, visit the hospital more, and have longer, more expensive stays. But what they didn’t know was that improving a Veteran’s housing also improves their health.

Richard E. Nelson

VA program helps student Veterans

As a Marine infantryman, Louie Fuentes fought in some of the Iraq war’s bloodiest battles.

Louie Fuentes

Vaccination update: SAVE LIVES Act

Updated March 26, 2021 - VA is offering COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans, their spouses, and certain, eligible caregivers. You do not need to be enrolled in VA healthcare to receive the vaccine as prescribed in the new Save Lives Act recently passed by Congress.

A person receives a COVID vaccination

Retiree gives back to VA

A line of anxious Veterans winds down the hall at Salt Lake City VA.

Maria Fruin vaccinates a Veteran

Black Soldiers Fought Two Wars

Of the seven men whom Salt Lake City VA’s streets are named after, only one is African American: Vernon Joseph Baker.

Vernon Baker and President Bill Clinton

A Shot of Hope

It was a moment of hope when they needed it most. After months of waiting, health care workers at the Salt Lake City VA received an early holiday miracle Tuesday – in the form of 2,200 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

A VA nurse gets a COVID-19 vaccine

Rare triple transplant gives Veteran new life

Keith Baker’s heart was failing. Then his liver went. Then his kidneys. In a few years, the once-vibrant Army Veteran found himself frail and bedridden.

Army Veteran and triple transplant recipient Keith Baker

Veteran rediscovers life after opioids

Four years ago, Air Force Veteran AJ Ethridge Jr. faced a grim choice: spend the rest of his life in pain – or die from opioids.

Air Force Veteran AJ Ethridge Jr talks with a VA doctor

VA tech forges Veteran connections

Imagine a future where you could see a doctor while camping. No driving. No crowded waiting rooms. Just the care you need, where and when you need it. That future is now.

A VA Salt Lake City Health Care System TeleMental Health Program Coordinator instructs a provider on how to connect with Veterans using a video conferencing program.