‘I have no words’: My new VA clinic has just opened, but I’m still grieving
The VA clinic where I work is now officially open, but the trauma of a traumatic event that took place months ago still lingers.
It took place in my backyard.
My family was there, and they told me that my parents and grandparents died that day.
They did not say that they died in a car crash.
It was a tragic, heart wrenching loss.
And then the next day, I was in the hospital for almost three months, recovering from an infection that I contracted in my mouth.
After that, I worked for the Veterans Administration as a nurse practitioner for a few months.
When the VA reopened its clinics, I had the opportunity to join the newly opened clinic in San Antonio.
I started as a temporary worker.
I was told that the job was going to be temporary, but after two weeks, I found myself with two full-time jobs.
My salary was a fraction of what I was making before the war.
But in the meantime, I learned a lot.
I also realized that I had lost so much to the war and to the VA, and that I needed to start living my life.
The VA has a great system that allows veterans to apply for jobs that offer them an opportunity to work for their veterans.
This is why I chose to join them, as a permanent worker.
Now, I can be an advocate for veterans who have been through this, helping them to move forward.
So, what was your reaction when you heard the news?
My reaction was that it was really important that I was recognized as an advocate because I had been there.
That was the first time I heard the word “VA.”
But I was also able to feel proud to be an American.
It’s a job I love to do, and I’m honored to be able to help people who have the same issues as I have.
And I also felt proud to serve my country and the veterans that were there in Vietnam.
How do you feel about the veterans who are now coming out of the VA to work in your clinics?
I am so proud of the veterans.
They are amazing people who are brave and are trying to get through this.
They have incredible courage, and the way they are able to overcome the obstacles in their lives is something that I think is really special.
What are the biggest challenges you have faced working at the VA?
One of the biggest things is the sheer amount of people who work for the VA.
It is a huge, huge organization, and we have to deal with the fact that a lot of people do not feel that they are treated with respect and that they’re treated with dignity.
When I started in 2007, the VA was still very young, and it has taken some time for it to grow into what it is today.
It needs more money and more resources, and more people are starting to come forward and say that the VA is a great place to work, and to have a good career, and for people to feel safe working there.
How did you decide to go into the VA clinics?
When I got the call that I got from the VA in 2007 and I was applying for the position of nurse practitioner, it was just something that came to mind immediately.
I thought, “I could make a difference, and maybe one day I would be able do something that could make an impact.”
And so, I decided to apply and get an interview with them.
When you were accepted, the only thing you had to do was to tell them that you were a veteran, and what you were going through.
So I told them what had happened to me in my hometown.
They would ask, “Well, what’s your name?”
I would say, “My name is Michael.
My father was killed in Vietnam, and my mother was killed by a roadside bomb.”
They would say to me, “We’re sorry for what happened to your father.
What about your mother?”
I was like, “Yes, I’m Michael, my father was a Navy officer.”
They’d say, [laughs] “Well then, how are you going to get a job?”
I’d say my mom was a nurse.
I said, “No, I’ve got an internship with the VA.”
They were so nice, and so encouraging, and gave me the opportunity that I never had.
And so I was so fortunate that they gave me a job with the Veterans Health Administration.
I am a full-fledged nurse practitioner and I am now an associate nurse practitioner.
So when I was accepted, I thought that I would make a positive impact in my community, and give back.
What do you think about the VA’s response to your story?
They’ve always been very supportive of veterans.
The way they handled the story was very helpful.
And the fact of the matter is that the veterans, particularly the veterans from my hometown, are amazing and they deserve the best.
I hope that they will feel the