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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

Equine-assisted therapy helps Veterans

Six legs trod across a sandy arena. Hooves and feet sink in the dirt as horse and Veteran move as one. It’s called a “Trust Walk,” but where the Veterans are going isn’t as important as why they’re there.

Retired Army National Guard warrant officer Barton Jeffs embraces his horse, Rebel.

Utah says goodbye to hero

Utah lost a hero this week. World War II Veteran and 75-year legionnaire William E. Christoffersen will always be remembered as a man who fought for his country and his fellow Veterans. It was his life’s mission.

World War II Veteran and legionnaire William E. Christoffersen smiles in front of the state Veterans home that bears his name.

VA respiratory therapist finds hope in New Orleans

It was late March and the grip of COVID-19 had frozen the nation. Businesses closed, residents hunkered down, and the world stopped. But for the second time in a year, Eduardo Cardenas was running toward the danger.

Eduardo Cardenas with a group of medical people

Ghost on the mountain

Thirteen stars speckle a blue ribbon resting below his gray, neatly trimmed beard. Beneath them, an eagle’s talons clutch a gold bar engraved with “VALOR” from which hangs a five-pointed star.

Brian Thacker

VA guides Army Veteran out of darkness

Standing in front of a long stainless-steel table at the inpatient kitchen at the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center, U.S. Army Veteran Arthur Saenz readies for the lunch rush.

Arthur Saenz

Veteran awaiting heart transplant sings for smiles

For the last six months, Karl Baylor had been waiting to find out whether he’d live or die. His heart was failing. It was only a matter of time.

Army Veteran Karl Baylor singing