Month: June 2020

Dr. Alyshia Smith is the new Phoenix VA health Care System Director

VA Appoints New Medical Center Director at Phoenix VA Health Care System

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is promoting Dr. Alyshia Smith to the role of Executive Director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System (PVAHCS). As the Executive Director, Dr. Smith will provide strategic direction and leadership to more than 2100 staff.  She has been the Interim Director since the departure of Rima Ann Nelson …

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Marine Corps Veteran Ryan Saunders Finds Healing in Nature

U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Ryan Saunders, saw service in Operation Iraqi Freedom as an Infantry Assaultman. While in service, his experiences led to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. To help ease his symptoms, he tried pills, counseling, and other treatments.  They didn’t help as much as nature did. “At first, getting out into nature was more …

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Due to COVID-19, Phoenix Veterans Day Parade May Change for 2020

June 11, 2020 Phoenix, AZ–Tackling the issue of presenting the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade is front and center for Honoring America’s Veterans (HAV) new Executive Director, Paula Pedene. “Our first order of business is determining how to present the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade on Veterans Day in November,” Pedene says. “With COVID-19, it likely means changing …

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Scholarship awardees stand with their check presentations. Thomas Brown is not pictured.

Veterans Organizations Present $45,000 in Scholarships

The Unified Arizona Veterans (UAV), the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society (AVHOFS), and Veterans Heritage Project (VHP) recently presented $45,500 in scholarship funds to ten individuals. This year, UAV established the inaugural ‘Army Specialist Lori Ann Piestewa Veteran Family Scholarship,’ named for Specialist Lori Ann Piestewa. She is the first Native American female to …

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