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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.

The Backbone of VA Healthcare   (21:16)5-3-2021
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...
Finding Hope after Experiencing Sexual Trauma   (24:34)3-29-2021
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...
Hope Arrives with the Covid-19 Vaccine   (25:51)3-1-2021
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...
Confront the Past, Define Your Future   (18:39)2-8-2021
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...
Surviving COVID-19   (24:26)1-18-2021
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...
VA Video Connect   (18:18)1-4-2021
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...
Suicide Prevention   (25:56)9-22-2020
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...
Driving Out the Darkness   (23:02)9-7-2020
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 ...
Continuing Conversation on the Call for Change   (22:16)8-10-2020
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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Diversity - Cynthia and Michelle   (24:41)7-27-2020
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...
Diversity   (22:15)6-29-2020
VA serves all Veterans no matter their age, race, gender or sexual orientation. We know embracing diversity makes us a better healthcare organization. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
VA and Providers During the Pandemic   (21:25)5-11-2020
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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On the Front Lines of COVID-19   (24:56)4-9-2020
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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Other/Stronger Side of Traumatic Brain Injury   (39:39)4-6-2020
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...
Veterans and TeleHealth - Covid19   (20:00)3-23-2020
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....
The Medicine of Family   (29:56)3-2-2020
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...
Agent Orange   (10:02)2-17-2020
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....
Homelessness   (27:08)10-28-2019
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...
Veterans and Opioid Addiction   (28:39)10-14-2019
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...
Driving Out the Darkness   (23:02)9-30-2019
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 ...
A New Heart and New Beginning   (24:06)9-16-2019
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...
Working Prosthetic Miracles   (25:51)9-2-2019
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.
Serving Your Country and Your Fellow Soldiers   (19:06)6-3-2019
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...
Nutrition   (17:06)4-29-2019
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...
Timely Care that All Veterans Deserve   (17:21)4-15-2019
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...
Veterans' Healthcare--No Matter the Orientation   (19:35)4-1-2019
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...
Celebrating Vietnam Veterans   (34:36)3-18-2019
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. ...
Intimate Partner Violence   (13:30)3-4-2019
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.
Women's Health for Female Veterans   (13:46)2-18-2019
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...
Whole Health and Life After Your Service   (20:17)2-4-2019
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:...
PTSD: Veterans Helping Veterans   (19:42)12-31-2018
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.
Upholding Valor: Stu Shipley   (16:22)12-10-2018
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
Compensated Work Therapy   (20:13)11-26-2018
Veterans should never have to struggle finding work after military service for any reason.  VA Salt Lake City can help.
Homeless Outreach for Veterans   (20:11)9-30-2018
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...
When Your Best Cure Is... Play (Audio)   (16:04)7-24-2017
Rec Therapy at VA Medical Center
Healing The Whole Veteran: Body, Mind, & Spirit (Audio)   (23:03)7-7-2017
The VA Salt Lake City leadership team
Introducing Upholding Valor   (01:03)5-23-2017
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