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VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With 'Make-a-thon Challenge' (7/21/2015)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host a Make-a-thon challenge, which is 2-day event aimed at accelerating the development of personalized technologies to improve care and quality of life for Veterans with disabilities. The challenge brings together designers, makers, technology industry leaders and Veterans.

VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans' Care (7/13/2015)

The Department of Veterans Affairs today urged Congress to act expeditiously and approve its pending request for fiscal year 2015 budget flexibility. The request, formally transmitted on June 23, seeks the transfer of funds from the Choice Program to continue VA's efforts to increase Veterans' access to care and life-saving pharmaceuticals.

VA Funds New Studies Using Million Veteran Program Data (7/7/2015)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing four new studies that will use genetic and other data from VA's Million Veteran Program (MVP) to answer key questions on heart disease, kidney disease, and substance use-high-priority conditions affecting Veterans.

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Volunteers restore Civil War era grotto at Dayton VA

Posted: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:47:24 +0000


In the early 1900s, the grotto and surrounding grounds of the Dayton VA Medical Center were recognized nationally as a garden paradise. It saw more than 600,000 visitors a year – nearly six times the population of Dayton at the time.

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Civil War Veterans relax in the grotto.

Over the last few years, many Dayton VAMC staff, volunteers and community partners have joined together in an effort to restore the grotto’s glory. The combined effort includes Dayton VA’s voluntary services, engineering and director’s office, as well as the American Veterans Heritage Center, Ohio State University Extension master gardeners and many volunteers, community supporters and donators.

“It’s a great example of a unique volunteer assignment that benefits the Veterans, the VA and the community as a whole,” Ryan Pleasants, chief of voluntary services, who overseas the volunteer program at Dayton.

Volunteers continue to work on the grotto reclamation project to support the overall Veteran experience and continue Dayton VAMC’s “Heritage of Healing.”

To find out more information about volunteering at the Dayton VAMC, visit www.dayton.va.gov/giving.


This article was written by Jon M. LaDue, a public affairs specialist at the Dayton, Ohio VA Medical Center.


VA takes its commitment to care for the nation’s Veterans and their families very seriously, and this summer, we invite all of you to join in that commitment. Community by community, state by state, our nation can work together to serve Veterans during the VA Summer of Service.

  • Look for VA at community events and engage our employees and partners.
  • Reach out to your local medical facility or National Cemetery to find out what you can do to help.
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