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Read about what's happening in our VA West Palm Beach health care community.

With seconds ticking to save a life, jets flashing overhead and helicopter propellers buzzing, U.S. Air Force Medic Chauntoyia Edwards always remained in the zone regardless of the chaos surrounding her on the battle grounds.

Veteran Chauntoyia with her daughter.

Hanging up a military uniform in exchange for a work uniform is a decision the VA understands best.

Husband and Wife Photographed

A map of directions to all of life’s answers is not something that can be found on the shelves for purchase. Vietnam Veteran Aaron Pepis knows this first-hand and has tried just about every option.

Meet Tremeaker Gilbert, Whole Health Co-Navigator and Driver Aaron Pepis.

Across the corridors of the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, the spirit of service resonates strongly, particularly in the story shared among Stacy Jeanbart, U.S. Navy Aircrew Veteran, and Carlos Carrió Atfucci, a U.S. Army Combat Medic Veteran.

Dynamic duo, Stacy Jeanbart & Carlos Carrió Atfucci.

Service for her country did not stop for U.S. Army Veteran Juliet Ramos once her enlistment was up. Juliet’s journey from a military Medical Laboratory Specialist to a Registered Nurse is a story of dedication, perseverance, and an unwavering commitment to serving fellow Veterans.

U.S. Army Veteran Juliet Ramos

Handcuffed both physically and mentally, U.S. Army Veteran Darrell Guilford, felt like he never left the warzone behind him when he departed from military service.

Darrell supporting another Veteran who once wore the same shoes he did.

In a vibrant dance between tradition and transformation. Operation Enduring Freedom U.S. Air Force Veteran Ruth Muniz emerged from the hustle & bustle of the Bronx, NY to the disciplined ranks of the military, only to confront and defeat an unforeseen adversary, breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Survivor and Son

The need for health care doesn’t stop just because it’s 5:00 p.m., the weekend, or a holiday. In fact, the busiest time for both urgent care clinics and emergency rooms is early afternoon and evening hours.

VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center hired two nocturnists, or physicians who work overnight, to truly become the 24/7/365 virtual urgent care service leaders aspired it to be.

With U.S. Navy Veteran Walter Smith’s art teacher, just a hop, skip and a jump away from the front door of his childhood home since he can remember his fondest times have always included creativity in one form or another.

U.S. Navy Veteran Walter Smith

Born into service, it is not new to Summer Youth Volunteer Kirk Chaplin to give back his most valuable gift- time.

Volunteer helping Veteran