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Veteran Viewpoint

Veteran Viewpoint
Personal Accounts of VA Health Care from the Men and Women We Serve 

Veteran Viewpoint is an ongoing video series developed by the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System that highlights personal VA health care stories from Veterans residing in southwest Florida.  Through personal, one-on-one interviews these heroes share detailed and private accounts of their experiences as users of VA health care - a system dedicated to providing Veterans with timely, accessible, high quality care that is personalized, proactive and patient driven.


Episode 8:  A Heartfelt Thank You

Mr. Lee Davis, a former U.S. Army Air Corps pilot, is one of nearly 7,000 World War II Veterans who trust the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System for their care. At 92 years young, he was delivered difficult news about his health, and would have to decide where to spend his final days. In mid-August, Lee, with his best friend Ruthie the dog by his side, visited leaders and staff to give a heartfelt thank you for the care that has been provided to him over the last decade. It was important to him to let those closest to him know how much they positively impacted his life. Click here to see the full video story.


Episode 7:  A Life of Service

U.S. Army World War II Veteran Larry Phelan has dedicated his life in service to the nation. He fought and survived nearly every major European campaign during the war. He has dedicated thousands of hours to help Veterans as a VA volunteer and patient at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center for the last 21 years. At 96 years old, Larry is described by many as an American treasure. Click here to watch the full story.


Episode 6:  Once a Marine, Always a Marine

In 1980, James Stevens realized his lifelong dream of becoming a U.S. Marine.  After two years of exemplary service, he was involved in a serious accident that resulted in a severe traumatic brain injury and a host of other medical issues. For years, doctors urged his family to pursue institutionalized care, but they refused.  They knew that his best chance of recovery would come from care in the home with them - his primary caregivers. In 2012, James was enrolled for care at Bay Pines and entered the Home Based Primary Care program.  Today, all of his care is delivered in the home which has made a positive impact on his health and also the well-being of his family.  Watch the video to see his full story.