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

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Title:  Episode 5:  Serving the Greatest Generation

The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System serves more World War II Veterans than any other VA in the nation.  In 2015 alone, nearly 7,700 men and women of the “Greatest Generation” sought and received care at Bay Pines facilities.  U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. (Ret.) Willie N. Rogers, a WWII Veteran and 101 year-old Documented Original Tuskegee Airman (DOTA), is one of the many heroes who entrusts VA with his care. Click here to see Willie’s story in the latest episode of Veteran Viewpoint.

Episode 4: "The VA Set Me Free"

Nearly two years ago, U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran John Brouwer contracted an aggressive bacterial infection in his legs that ultimately resulted in a double leg amputation at a hospital in the community. Following his surgery, medical professionals at the hospital told John he would never walk again and would forever be confined to a wheelchair. At the time, he was not enrolled in the VA health care system but was informed about his potential health care benefits by a nurse involved with his early rehabilitation activities at the hospital. After being assessed by clinicians at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, it was determined that a surgical revision was needed to correct his residual limbs. Following a successful surgery at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa on February 14, 2015, he returned to the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center to start the lengthy process of rehabilitation. The turning point in John’s care was his involvement in the healthcare system’s Recreation Therapy program. From that point forward, John never looked back as he got involved in adaptive biking, kayaking, balloon volleyball, whatever skiing – almost anything and everything the program offered. Today, John is strong enough to wear prosthetic legs and is getting closer to his goal of walking without support by the minute. See John's full story at:

Episode 3: It only takes a moment to turn your life around

On July 1, 2011, Lamont awoke from drug-induced sleep. Homeless and in need of medical care, he knew that he had to make a significant change to the life he had been living for the last 15 years before it was too late. Shortly thereafter, and with only $4.50 in his pocket, he boarded a local transit bus and headed straight to the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center (known at the time as the Bay Pines VA Medical Center) to seek help and never looked back. Today, Lamont is a proud, optimistic and goal-driven man who cares about his health, his family and his relationship with the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. It only takes a moment to instantly connect with this jubilant, assertive and goal-oriented Veteran from St. Petersburg, Fla. Click here to see Lamont’s full story in the latest episode of Veteran Viewpoint.

Episode 2: Responsive, Lifesaving, VA Health Care

U.S. Navy Veteran Bob Hurt said he was destined for military service when his mother dressed him in a sailor outfit at the age of one. He later went on to serve 9 years in the Navy from 1962 to 1971. After being honorably discharged from the military, Bob lived a successful life as a business executive and eventually retired due to illness and the desire to dedicate his time to his loving wife and children. Shortly after his retirement, he sought care from the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System and never looked back. Click here to listen to Bob's personal story about the lifesaving care he has received from VA and his personal relationship with the employees who dedicate their lives to America's heroes.

Episode 1: Not Your Everyday Dental Appointment

During a recent dental appointment, U.S. Army Veteran Don Goodlin’s dental hygienist discovers he has extremely low blood pressure and a dramatically elevated heart rate. He is immediately taken to urgent care for intervention. Don and his wife Beverly credit the health care team for acting quickly and saving his life.