Dr. Cooper Awarded the Service to America Medal

Dr. Rory Cooper Recognized for His Research and Development Contributions Congratulations to Dr. Rory Cooper, the Director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL), who has been awarded the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal. He's truly deserving of this recognition! The awards ceremony — known as the Sammies — is an annual event where the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service recognizes the accomplishments of federal civil servants. Dr. Cooper's award was the Science and Environment Medal. DVNF is extremely proud to have contributed to the work that he and his team have conducted to improve the lives of so many disabled veterans! HERL has been the recipient of a grant from DVNF more than once, and we're honored to be a part of the groundbreaking work of HERL. Once again, congratulations to Dr. Cooper on this incredible achievement. We

September is Suicide Prevention Month

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Help veterans to heal invisible wounds during Suicide Prevention Month September is Suicide Prevention Month. For veterans, this is especially relevant. With nearly 20 veterans on average taking their own lives each day, no effort to prevent this horrible statistic is without merit. Battle wounds - whether physical or invisible - can debilitate veterans after their service. And the invisible wounds in particular are the ones that tend to fester and grow over time. The struggles of guilt, the feelings of horror, and the stresses of life all seem to be compounded once a veteran has finished his or her service, and if not being properly treated for these ticking time bombs, things can turn south in a hurry. So let's do all we can to help prevent veterans from taking their own lives! Spread the word, and please share the

Remembering September 11th

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September 11th - A day that will not be forgotten Today, we remember September 11th. It is remarkable how that fateful day in 2001 has changed life as we know it. So many veterans, wanting to right the wrong that had been done to our nation, jumped into service. And now, so many of their lives have been affected as a result, and many have families who share their burdens. That is the burden of freedom, and it always comes at a cost. There were so many grim feelings that we all felt on that day. The vulnerability, the panic, the anger, the confusion ... it didn't make sense! How could this happen to the United States? If that happened, what else could be possible? Suddenly, nobody felt safe. That's why the courageous men and women who stood in our defense during and