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“I went to medical school because I wanted to deliver health care to populations without it,” said Parker. “Medicine is a calling and I’ve seen how it can change the life of an individual, and entire communities, too.”
This was the second year for Army Veteran Tina Lavallee, a patient of the Providence VAMC. "I was a shut-in before I started this," she said. "Last year I found myself and I exploded — you can't keep me inside anymore!"
The new Rhode Island Veterans Home is being built using updated designs to maximize independent living. "It's a testament to the good that can happen when we collaborate with our state and local partners," said Shulkin.
"Events like this are an important way to reach homeless and at-risk Veterans, and connect them with the services they've earned through their service," said Dr. Susan MacKenzie, director of the Providence VAMC.
Joseph Zarrella sent a poem home to his father, Vincent Zarrella, a WWI Navy Veteran. It was published in the newspaper June 9, 1945. More than 70 years later, Derek Annese-Zarrella found the clipping in the boiler room.
“One of our functions as a VA medical center is to be able to provide support to local responders during a mass-casualty event ... ” said Dr. Susan MacKenzie, director of the Providence VA Medical Center.
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.