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Upholding Valor

Upholding Valor focuses on men and women from all backgrounds and eras of military service. It is our hope that this series will inspire and educate veterans to use the resources and programs they have earned while spotlighting their spirit and courage throughout our community. It is up to all of us to look out for our veterans. Hosted by Jill Atwood, Chief of Communications of the VA in Salt Lake City, Utah, and sponsored by American United Federal Credit Union, continuously striving to be the difference that makes a difference in the lives of our veterans. Visit http://amucu.org/valor to learn more.
December 20, 2021

World War II's Best Kept Secret

They were pioneers during a time their country needed them most, yet they were also America’s best kept secret until recently. The Women Air Force Service Pilots of World War II paved the way for women in the military today. 100 year old WASP Veteran Nell Bright is the epitome ...   (11:11)
November 22, 2021

Extending Time with a Double Lung Transplant

A Utah veteran is cherishing time with his grandkids this holiday season thanks to a double lung transplant. VA Salt Lake City, in partnership with the University of Utah, saved this Navy veteran’s life as time was running out. The journey–his commitment, his fight--in this a...   (23:35)
November 1, 2021

Spiritual Healing Through Equine Therapy

Spiritual healing can be just as important as physical healing. In this week’s Upholding Valor, we take a look at VA’s Equine Therapy Program and how horses help heal our Veterans.   (18:50)
October 11, 2021

Dealing with the Delta Variant

We are not in the clear. Not by a long shot. In this week’s Upholding Valor, two VA providers talk about the COVID-19 Delta variant surge, their exhaustion and their fears--watching people die that don’t need to.   (30:03)
September 15, 2021

Afghanistan and 9/11

Two Veterans from two wars describe their emotions surrounding the 20th anniversary of 9/11 coinciding with the end of the 20 year war in Afghanistan. Their candor and vulnerability is both heartbreaking, yet inspiring as we present on of our more powerful episodes of Upholding V...   (13:24)
August 30, 2021

Managing Your Weight

The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System goes beyond traditional healthcare to improve the lives of veterans. In this episode of Upholding Valor a Veteran talks about his weight loss transformation and his journey to peace of mind, body and soul. See omnystudio.com/listener for ...   (20:41)
August 16, 2021

Volunteer Service

VA always needs good volunteers to better serve our veterans. We need you!  Want to serve your country’s heroes?  Find out how in this episode of Upholding Valor.   (19:42)
July 15, 2021

Don't suffer in silence. PTSD is treatable!

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is something roughly 20% of veterans deal with after service or a long combat deployment. VA understands, and has the experts to make a difference in veterans' lives. Don’t suffer in silence! PTSD is treatable. See omnystudio.com/listener ...   (31:11)
June 28, 2021

Pride in Caring for All Veterans

VA takes great “Pride” in caring for everyone that served. The LGBTQ community is no exception. Our mission is to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment every day, not just during Pride Month. Please listen to one transfeminine Veteran’s story.   See omnystudio.com...   (27:12)
May 31, 2021

Homeless Veterans

One homeless veteran is one too many--that’s why VA has teams committed to finding and improving their lives.  Hear from one of those teams and the lengths they go to, to reach a veteran on the street.   (29:21)
May 3, 2021

The Backbone of VA Healthcare

VA nurses are the backbone of VA healthcare. They have been tried and tested over the last year, but their resilience and commitment to our veterans is unparalleled. The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System salutes our VA nurses – through COVID-19 and a year of turmoil they sta...   (21:16)
March 29, 2021

Finding Hope after Experiencing Sexual Trauma

There is life after experiencing sexual trauma in the military. VA can take veterans from victim to survivor with dedicated resources and providers committed to healing those suffering from MST. Don’t suffer in silence. No matter what stage of recovery you're in, there's suppor...   (24:34)
March 1, 2021

Hope Arrives with the Covid-19 Vaccine

It’s time for all of us to do our part against this paralyzing virus.  VA is offering the COVID-19 vaccine to all veterans 50 and older and those with severe medical conditions regardless of age. Veterans must also be enrolled in the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System.  Cal...   (25:51)
February 8, 2021

Confront the Past, Define Your Future

The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System has resources for veterans in every stage of life.  Most importantly, we never want them to be too proud to ask for help.  In this week’s Upholding Valor we listen to one veteran’s story of desperation to triumph. See omnystudio.com...   (18:39)
January 18, 2021

Surviving COVID-19

Have you ever spoken to a survivor of COVID-19? Someone on the brink of death who lives to tell about it?  Meet Clare Neff--a Navy veteran who spent a total of 40 days in the hospital with the coronavirus.  When he went on the ventilator he was fairly certain he would never com...   (24:26)
January 4, 2021

VA Video Connect

The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to make sure you stay connected during these challenging times. VA Video Connect allows you to talk to your provider from the comfort of your couch.  It’s convenient and easy and all your fellow Veterans are doing it. Have a listen. Se...   (18:18)
September 22, 2020

Suicide Prevention

Every day, 17 Veterans die by suicide.  That’s 6,205 service members a year.   Casualties of a private war, many of these men and women survive the horrors of the battlefield only to struggle with a hidden enemy within. But, as one Veteran reminds us…. there is always hope...   (25:56)
September 7, 2020

Driving Out the Darkness

Every day, 20 Veterans die by suicide. That’s 7,300 service members a year – more than were killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Combined. Casualties of a private war, many of these men and women survived the horrors of the battlefield only to ...   (23:02)
August 10, 2020

Continuing Conversation on the Call for Change

VA’s LGBT program is robust in it’s outreach and impact on Veterans.  We are honored to give you a perspective you don’t often hear at a time in our history when many would argue we need a lot more listening.   (22:16)
July 27, 2020

Diversity - Cynthia and Michelle

VA sees all color, race and sexual orientation.  We stand together during these challenging times to serve those all who have served. We are a stronger VA together.  Please talk to your provider about resources available to you, and remember, we encourage virtual healthcare app...   (24:41)
June 29, 2020


VA serves all Veterans no matter their age, race, gender or sexual orientation. We know embracing diversity makes us a better healthcare organization.   (22:15)
May 11, 2020

VA and Providers During the Pandemic

VA providers are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.  They balance mission, family, and their own fears as they show up to work every day to serve. Dr. Amy Cowan works at the VA Salt Lake City HCS.   (21:25)
April 9, 2020

On the Front Lines of COVID-19

VA workers are on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are trained, we are prepared and VA will do everything within it’s power to help Veterans and the community if need be.  We are all in this together.   (24:56)
April 6, 2020

The Other/Stronger Side of Traumatic Brain Injury

Treatment and life after a traumatic brain injury is possible with VA experts skilled in poly-trauma and mental health.  A brain injury can be complicated by symptoms of PTSD. Meet Josh Hansen, an Operation Iraqi freedom Veteran, who has come out stronger on the other side of tr...   (39:39)
March 23, 2020

Veterans and TeleHealth - Covid19

During these unsettling times, VA is leading the way in caring for Veterans and keeping every one protected.  Virtual healthcare promotes safety, while providing that critical connection so many of our Veterans need right now.  Vet Connect keeps our Veterans safe from COVID-19....   (20:00)
March 2, 2020

The Medicine of Family

A family’s medicine is the best medicine when it comes to recovery from a serious medical condition.  The Fisher House eases the family burden for those far away from home and allows for hope and healing.  This amazing home full of love and the comforts of home brings familie...   (29:56)
February 17, 2020

Agent Orange

Decades after the war, some Vietnam Veterans are just now coming to VA.  Dreams of war they can no longer ignore, and physical illness related to agent orange exposure have them looking for answers and peace.  VA has the expertise, research and compassion to make a difference....   (10:02)
October 28, 2019


Some of the Veterans who fought for your freedom are now fighting for survival on the streets.  In Utah, Veterans make up 8% of the Homeless Population.  While we have seen an almost a 40% decrease in recent years, across the nation, roughly 40,000 Veterans still remain homeles...   (27:08)
October 14, 2019

Veterans and Opioid Addiction

As America finds itself caught in the deadly grip of opioid addiction, community leaders, policy makers, and medical practitioners alike have struggled to balance the needs of the infirmed against the growing threat posed by these drugs. On this episode of the Upholding Valor pod...   (28:39)
September 30, 2019

Driving Out the Darkness

Every day, 20 Veterans die by suicide. That’s 7,300 service members a year – more than were killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Combined. Casualties of a private war, many of these men and women survived the horrors of the battlefield only to ...   (23:02)
September 16, 2019

A New Heart and New Beginning

Since 2014 Karl Baylor hasn’t had a heartbeat, now as a transplant recipient he is adjusting to waking up every morning with a pulse, and a tremble in his new heart.  At the Salt Lake City VA, our nurses play a critical role in ensuring the continued health and welfare of Ame...   (24:06)
September 2, 2019

Working Prosthetic Miracles

Army veteran, and IED survivor, Bryant Jacobs takes us to the moments before a bomb changed his life forever. Jacobs shares his struggle to return to normalcy after the Iraq war, and of the harrowing decision to amputate his leg.   (25:51)
June 3, 2019

Serving Your Country and Your Fellow Soldiers

The VA could not run its daily operations without thousands of volunteers that give their time and energy every day.  Make a difference in a veteran's life today.  Hear from two Vietnam veterans who know sacrifice and continue to give long...   (19:06)
April 29, 2019


It's true what they say: You are what you eat. In this week's Upholding Valor podcast, we talk whole health and nutrition. Eating the right foods can literally prevent, even cure, disease. We want our veterans to drive their own healthcare and as ask...   (17:06)
April 15, 2019

Timely Care that All Veterans Deserve

The new Mission Act will ensure veterans get the timely care they deserve.  Access and quality care are the VA’s number one priority--if we can’t get them into a doctor soon enough, veterans may see a provider in the community.  To hear...   (17:21)
April 1, 2019

Veterans' Healthcare--No Matter the Orientation

The VA cares for all veterans no matter their race, gender, age or sexual orientation.  Our LGBT Veterans have unique healthcare needs based on their life and military experiences.  We are honored to offer special programs and...   (19:35)
March 18, 2019

Celebrating Vietnam Veterans

VA commemorates the Vietnam War 50 years later.  Our service men and women did not receive the homecoming they so richly deserved, but years later VA is trying to make up for that through comprehensive benefits, healthcare and compassion. ...   (34:36)
March 4, 2019

Intimate Partner Violence

VA offers all types of resources for Veterans to include family services.  Intimate Partner Violence is something that may be hard to talk about and confront, but with help families can heal.   (13:30)
February 18, 2019

Women's Health for Female Veterans

Women make up 15 percent of our military and today, most don’t even consider themselves Veterans.  VA is committed to your unique care needs and is anxious to serve you.  Visits our women’s clinic today at the George E. Wahlen VA Medical...   (13:46)
February 4, 2019

Whole Health and Life After Your Service

Transition struggles can happen after military service or a long deployment.  Just know, you don’t have to suffer in silence.  Our psychologists and social workers are specially trained in all aspects of post deployment issues to include:...   (20:17)
December 31, 2018

PTSD: Veterans Helping Veterans

It takes a strong person to serve, but an even stronger person to ask for help once that service is over.  Isn’t it time to take your life back?  Our two guests talk first steps and coming out on the other side.   (19:42)
December 10, 2018

Upholding Valor: Stu Shipley

The holidays can be a rough time for our Veterans, but you are never alone.  VA Salt Lake City is here for you.  Always.  Please contact us at the Veterans Crisis Line:  1-800-273-8255   (16:22)
November 26, 2018

Compensated Work Therapy

Veterans should never have to struggle finding work after military service for any reason.  VA Salt Lake City can help.   (20:13)
September 30, 2018

Homeless Outreach for Veterans

If you are a homeless veteran, or at risk for becoming a homeless veteran, please take advantage of our walk-in clinic every Monday from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Building 16 at the main VA campus. VA Salt Lake City also has a homeless provider of the...   (20:11)
July 24, 2017

When Your Best Cure Is... Play (Audio)

Rec Therapy at VA Medical Center   (16:04)
July 7, 2017

Healing The Whole Veteran: Body, Mind, & Spirit (Audio)

The VA Salt Lake City leadership team   (23:03)
May 23, 2017

Introducing Upholding Valor

Upholding Valor   (01:03)

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