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History is unfolding here – as it is across a nation toiling against an invisible virus. Amid it is former VA nurse of 30 years, Maria Fruin. After three years of retirement, Fruin returned to help vaccinate Veterans.
Of the seven men whom Salt Lake City VA’s streets are named after, only one is African American: Vernon Joseph Baker. But for his heroic role in WWII, the Medal of Honor he received decades later – almost didn’t happen.
Salt Lake City VA will soon open a new mass vaccination clinic - one that could double the number of vaccinations it provides. The temporary clinic will run in addition to the medical center’s existing clinic.
It was quick, routine, and over in a pinch. But for Dana Hare, the procedure offered a dose of hope when the two-time Iraq War Army Veteran became the first inpatient at Salt Lake City VA to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
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 – in the form of 2,200 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Physician assistant Bruce Sperry, is a retired Lt. Col. who served with the Joint Special Operations Command during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He shares this story about the loss of a warrior, role model, and friend.
Keith Baker’s heart was failing. Then his liver went. Then his kidneys. The once-vibrant Army Veteran needed a rare triple organ transplant. But with two transplant requests denied, what he really needed was a miracle.
AJ Ethridge Jr. faced a grim choice: spend the rest of his life in pain or die from opioids. But a new way to manage pain developed by the Salt Lake City VA gave the Air Force Veteran another choice: reclaim his life.