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Richard E. Nelson, lead author of studyHousing linked to lower health care costs
Scientists and social workers have long known that homeless Veterans have more adverse health conditions and longer, more costly hospital stays. A study shows that improving a Veteran’s housing also improves health.
A male doctor talks with a male student VeteranVA program helps student Veterans
As a Marine infantryman, Louie Fuentes fought in some of the Iraq war’s bloodiest battles. At 34, Fuentes went from navigating a battlefield to navigating a college campus – a transition he said wasn’t easy.
A nurse vaccinates a VeteranRetiree gives back to VA
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.
Vernon Joseph BakerBlack 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. But for his heroic role in WWII, the Medal of Honor he received decades later – almost didn’t happen.
Employees at Salt Lake City VA perform some heavy lifting to make way for a new mass vaccination clinic.VA preps for mass vaccination clinic
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.
A vial containing COVID-19 vaccineCOVID-19 update: Johnson & Johnson vaccine
SAVE LIVES Act provides COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans, regardless of enrollment or eligibility status. The new act also allows VA to vaccinate Veteran spouses and certain caregivers.
Two-time Iraq War Army Veteran Dana Hare became the first patient at Salt Lake City VA to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Monday.VA Begins Vaccinating Veterans
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.
A nurse gets a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccineA 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 – in the form of 2,200 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Dick VeenendaalStand in the Door and Go
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 resting in bed after a triple transplantRare triple transplant gives Veteran new life
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.

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