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Upholding Valor focuses on men and women from all backgrounds and eras of military service. It’s 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’s 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 our veterans’ lives. Visit Amucu.org/valor to learn more.

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Upholding Valor focuses on men and women from all backgrounds and eras of military service. It’s 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’s 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 our veterans’ lives. Visit Amucu.org/valor to learn more.

    Veterans and TeleHealth - Covid19

    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.  We hope this podcast is helpful and finds you well.

     

    • 20 min
    The Medicine of Family

    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 families together in support of one another.  This is one family’s story.

    • 29 min
    Agent Orange

    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.  There is help.  This is one Veteran’s story.    

    • 10 min
    Homelessness

    Homelessness

    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 homeless.  

    These Veterans not only struggle with safety and shelter. Sometimes the legal and financial burdens that come with the harsh circumstances of homelessness prove to be too much to overcome.

    • 27 min
    Veterans and Opioid Addiction

    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 podcast, we’ll hear the personal and heartfelt tales of Veterans whose lives were shattered by opioid addiction.

    • 28 min
    Driving Out the Darkness

    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 succumb to the hidden enemy locked within their minds.

    On this episode of the Upholding Valor podcast, we’ll journey into the world of darkness that drove Iraq War Veteran Tammy Joy Lane and Vietnam Era Veteran Alan Morris to try and take their own lives. And we’ll hear of how they survived the ordeal and learned that even amongst the bleakest times, there’s always a glimmer of hope.

    We’ll also hear from Dr. Michael Tragakis, a psychologist, and Suicide Prevention Clinical Director with the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System on the warning signs and treatments of suicide.

    • 23 min

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