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VA’s annual Brain Trust summit offers platform for innovations in brain health and head trauma

From a software platform for traumatic brain injury to a virtual reality device that assists Veterans with behavioral health issues, 15 competitors pitched a diversity of ideas during demo day at the Brain Trust: Pathways to InnoVAtion summit, hosted by VA on May 18 in Boston. The annual two-day event assembled more than 350 invited participants from the federal government, private industry, professional sports, medical research, caregivers and Veteran communities to collaborate and advance discussions around the prevention and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion. “We have an unbelievable opportunity to accelerate the speed of change,” said retired Army Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, CEO of Optum Military and Veterans Group, to the 15 industry and academic innovators who had come to pitch their ideas on TBI and head trauma to a panel of judges. “Today, the impossible gets challenged.”After reviewing a series of short presentations from competitors, the judges selected three winners: The Daptly Display, a gesture and voice-controlled assistant for the home or office; Save a Warrior: A peer-to-peer, archetypal approach for healing combat trauma and moral injury; and Recovery Acceleration Program for mild TBI by King-Devick Technologies. The winners will have the potential opportunity to implement and deploy their innovations with VA. “We feel incredibly honored to be selected as a winner of the VA Innovation awards, which will further our opportunity to provide services to our Veterans,” said Steve Devick, CEO of King-Devick Technologies, who explained how his project would help Veterans impacted by TBI. “The King-Devick technologies innovations are related to the fact that eye movements and vision are responsible for approximately 55 percent of brain function. “As a result, implementing our recovery acceleration program by involving these pathways leads to faster concussions and TBI recovery when used with standard remediation. Additionally, caregivers can measure defects in eye movements, which may lead to dosage changes in chronic degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. ” During the event, VA officials announced key partnerships with several influential organizations, including: Amazon, which donated 100 Echo devices with Alexa voice service to VA’s Assistive Technology Labs to help meet the needs of Veterans; Cohen Veterans Bioscience, which is coordinating efforts with VA to integrate data across dozens of labs to facilitate breakthroughs in trauma-related disorders; Booz Allen Hamilton; Comcast; Concussion Legacy Foundation; GE; IBM; Infinite Hero Foundation; Johnson & Johnson; Optum; Outward Bound; PenFed Foundation, Philips; the Warrior Care Network and the National Institutes of Health, which is co-hosting a ‘State of the Science’ workshop in 2018 that will focus on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and other neurodegenerative diseases. (By Paula Paige. VA photo/ Robert Turtil)

Veterans Affairs. Pentax K-3II w/ AT-X Tokina 60~120mm zoom lens.

:copyright: Darrell Larose 2017

Night Shot, New Orleans Louisiana.

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The United States Navy Veterans Association (USNVA) was a tax-exempt veterans' organization that claimed to have a national headquarters in Washington, D.C. It claimed that its purpose was to support the U.S. Navy, and to assist veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families.

 

The Association claimed to be a national organization with 43 U.S. chapters and over 66,000 members.

 

USNVA was the subject of a 2010 investigative report by the St. Petersburg Times, which concluded that the USNVA was a one-man operation fraudulently soliciting money as a veterans' charity. The Times investigation ultimately resulted in criminal and administrative investigations in several states and the removal of USNVA's listing from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. The organization's national headquarters in Washington DC proved to be a rented post office box, rather than an actual physical office location.

 

USNVA operations ceased and, after a two-year search, the leader, John Donald Cody, was arrested on 30 April 2012 by U.S. Marshals in Portland, Oregon. Cody had run the organization under the alias "Bobby Thompson", and authorities were at first unable to determine his real name. However, on 1 October 2012, it was announced that Cody's identity had been determined using fingerprint records. In late 2013, Cody was convicted of charges including theft, money laundering, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, tampering with records, and identity fraud; and sentenced to 28 years in prison.

  

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Veteran Affairs Police - Albany VA Medical Center

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police

Wilkes-Barre Hospital

2008 Ford Police Interceptor

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Medical Center Police

Louisville, Kentucky

2006 Ford Crown Victoria

A Veteran's Affairs police tahoe.

2007 Chevy Tahoe

Department of Veteran Affairs Police-Waco Texas

Montrose, NY Veterans Affairs FD operating at a brush fire on the Hudson Line

Bruce and Edwyn are brothers and Gulf war veterans. After serving in 1991, they felt abandoned once they came back home. The fell into a life of drugs and alcohol. it leads them to become homeless during 20 years. Edwyn is very sick. Thanks to the VA (veteran affairs) program (VA San Diego Healthcare System), they found a place to live.

 

Fabien Lasserre :copyright: all rights reserved

Bruce and Edwyn are brothers and Gulf war veterans. After serving in 1991, they felt abandoned once they came back home. The fell into a life of drugs and alcohol. it leads them to become homeless during 20 years. Edwyn is very sick. Thanks to the VA (veteran affairs) program, they found a place to live.

 

Fabien Lasserre :copyright: all rights reserved

On Monday, May 29, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump and other executive officials, Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs officials, and the general public, commemorated Memorial Day at cemeteries, and at National Cemeteries around the nation and at (pictured) Arlington National Cemetery. (VA photos by Eugene Russell)

On Monday, May 29, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump and other executive officials, Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs officials, and the general public, commemorated Memorial Day at cemeteries, and at National Cemeteries around the nation and at (pictured) Arlington National Cemetery. (VA photos by Eugene Russell)

On Monday, May 29, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump and other executive officials, Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs officials, and the general public, commemorated Memorial Day at cemeteries, and at National Cemeteries around the nation and at (pictured) Arlington National Cemetery. (VA photos by Eugene Russell)

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On Monday, May 29, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump and other executive officials, Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs officials, and the general public, commemorated Memorial Day at cemeteries, and at National Cemeteries around the nation and at (pictured) Arlington National Cemetery. (VA photos by Eugene Russell)

John Crosby addresses the audience as the Office of Veterans' Affairs (OVA) and the Student Veteran Organization (SVO) host a Veterans' Graduation Celebration on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Chico, Calif.

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

John Crosby addresses the audience as the Office of Veterans' Affairs (OVA) and the Student Veteran Organization (SVO) host a Veterans' Graduation Celebration on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Chico, Calif.

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

The Chico Community Choir sings as the Office of Veterans' Affairs (OVA) and the Student Veteran Organization (SVO) host a Veterans' Graduation Celebration on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Chico, Calif.

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

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President Gayle Hutchinson (left) talks with Abe Baily (right) as the Office of Veterans' Affairs (OVA) and the Student Veteran Organization (SVO) host a Veterans' Graduation Celebration on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Chico, Calif.

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

Larry Langwell addresses the audience as the Office of Veterans' Affairs (OVA) and the Student Veteran Organization (SVO) host a Veterans' Graduation Celebration on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Chico, Calif.

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

VA Police - West Los Angeles

On Monday, May 29, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump and other executive officials, Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs officials, and the general public, commemorated Memorial Day at cemeteries, and at National Cemeteries around the nation and at (pictured) Arlington National Cemetery. (VA photos by Eugene Russell)

Larry Langwell addresses the audience as the Office of Veterans' Affairs (OVA) and the Student Veteran Organization (SVO) host a Veterans' Graduation Celebration on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Chico, Calif.

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

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~ Jennifer Granholm ~ Jennifer Mulhern Granholm (born February 5, 1959) is a Canadian-born American politician, educator, author, and political commentator who served as Attorney General of Michigan and 47th governor of the U.S. state of Michigan.

 

One of the several Veterans's Rose bushes inside Leu Gardens was this beauty called "Veteran's Honor Rose."

 

The raspberry color and smell was magnificent :)

 

Please view in lightbox and this one taken in the shade shows how pretty the raspberry color is ~

 

Rosa hybrid

'Veterans Honor'

Rosaceae

 

Hybrid Tea, introduced 2000

'Showstopper' x (unnamed seedling x 'Royalty')

 

Veterans Honor rose is a beautiful red hybrid tea rose that's a fitting tribute to our men and women in uniform who are serving our nation.

 

The plump dark red buds of 'Veterans Honor' rose open into gorgeous high centered blooms that are bright red to start with, but turning to tones of pink as they age.

 

The rose flowers have a fruity raspberry rose fragrance and they are known to last for two weeks in a flower vase.

 

Jackson & Perkins Rose of the Year (2000)

 

Veterans' Honor Rose

 

JACKSON & PERKINS HONORS AMERICA’S VETERANS

Veterans’ Honor Rose Pays Tribute to the Individuals Who Served Our Country

  

ARLINGTON, Va., — In a May 27, 1999, ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Jackson & Perkins, the nation’s largest producer of patented roses, unveiled a rose to honor the individuals in the Armed forces whose contributions established and protect our nation.

 

Ten percent of the sales of each rose, called Veterans’ Honor™, is donated to fund research for veterans’ health through an account established by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans’ Honor™ is joins the ranks of other commemorative roses offered by Jackson & Perkins, including the Diana, Princess of Wales™, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Habitat for Humanity roses.

Nancy Tait, President and CEO of Jackson & Perkins said, "We were pleased to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to benefit veterans by developing this rose. The joint effort is an excellent example of a public/private partnership in which everyone wins — especially America’s veterans."

 

Veterans’ Honor™, a dark-red hybrid tea, was planted during the event in a special garden at the Cemetery. Military and civilian dignitaries were invited to attend, including members of the Veterans Affairs Committee from both the House and Senate.

 

The idea to create Veterans’ Honor™ came from The Honorable Kenneth W. Kizer, M.D., M.P.H., personally. When asked about the rose, Dr. Kizer commented, "I wanted to create a commemorative rose to signify the pride and gratitude that we as citizens of this country have for our veterans. Without their sacrifices and beneficence, the freedoms that Americans and many other people enjoy today would not be possible."

Tait agrees. "Veterans’ Honor is a stunning dark red hybrid tea with dark green, glossy foliage and a light raspberry fragrance. It is a beautiful, fitting and lasting tribute to the men and women of the armed forces who have answered the call of patriotic service to our country."

 

The Professional Lawn Care Association of America, Marietta, Ga., made available the landscaped and designed site where Veterans’ Honor™ was planted at Arlington National Cemetery. The national group is responsible for the site as part of its Annual "Renewal & Remembrance" environmental enhancement project at Arlington each summer. PLCAA member Environmental Care, Inc., and U.S. Lawns of Calabasas, Calif., designed and landscaped the site, with donations of products and services from several contributors. Brian Mackle and Michelle Morris of Environmental Care submitted the award-winning design to PLCCA in a national contest hosted by the association earlier this year. For more information on PLCAA, visit www.plcaa.org.

 

Jackson & Perkins donated quantities of Veterans’ Honor™ to VA medical and counseling centers nationwide that conducted simultaneous planting ceremonies. May 27, 1999, was chosen to unveil the rose because it immediately preceded the weekend commemorating Memorial Day, honoring those who have offered their lives in military service to the nation.

Pedro Douglas, Interim VP of Student Affairs addresses the audience as the Office of Veterans' Affairs (OVA) and the Student Veteran Organization (SVO) host a Veterans' Graduation Celebration on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Chico, Calif.

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

Larry Langwell addresses the audience as the Office of Veterans' Affairs (OVA) and the Student Veteran Organization (SVO) host a Veterans' Graduation Celebration on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Chico, Calif.

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

Director, Active Duty and Veteran Affairs of the Chacnellor office Patrick O'Rourke addresses the audience as the Office of Veterans' Affairs (OVA) and the Student Veteran Organization (SVO) host a Veterans' Graduation Celebration on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Chico, Calif.

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

John Crosby addresses the audience as the Office of Veterans' Affairs (OVA) and the Student Veteran Organization (SVO) host a Veterans' Graduation Celebration on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Chico, Calif.

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

Director, Active Duty and Veteran Affairs of the Chacnellor office Patrick O'Rourke addresses the audience as the Office of Veterans' Affairs (OVA) and the Student Veteran Organization (SVO) host a Veterans' Graduation Celebration on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Chico, Calif.

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

Director, Active Duty and Veteran Affairs of the Chacnellor office Patrick O'Rourke addresses the audience as the Office of Veterans' Affairs (OVA) and the Student Veteran Organization (SVO) host a Veterans' Graduation Celebration on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Chico, Calif.

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

Pedro Douglas, Interim VP of Student Affairs addresses the audience as the Office of Veterans' Affairs (OVA) and the Student Veteran Organization (SVO) host a Veterans' Graduation Celebration on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Chico, Calif.

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

VA Police - West Los Angeles

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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center -- Galveston Outpatient Clinic

Galveston, Texas

2007-2009 Chevrolet Tahoe

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Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

513-984-4658

Event: 2014 State of New York Police Officers Memorial Remembrance Ceremony.

On Monday, May 29, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump and other executive officials, Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs officials, and the general public, commemorated Memorial Day at cemeteries, and at National Cemeteries around the nation and at (pictured) Arlington National Cemetery. (VA photos by Eugene Russell)

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