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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.
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island's third annual Keep 'em Warm winter clothing give-away hosted by the Providence VA Medical Center Oct. 28, 2016, in collaboration with the PVAMC's Homeless Veteran Clinic.
"There is a learning curve, but being disabled doesn't mean much once you know what you can do," said Paul Nyerick, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of Vietnam from Granby, Conn., who has multiple sclerosis.