On Feb. 19, 1945, approximately 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on the tiny Central Pacific island of Iwo Jima. It took 36 days to wrestle it away from the 21,000 Japanese soldiers defending it – most electing to die rather than surrender. The U.S. casualties also were high. Almost 7,000 Marines …

In mid-Missouri, the first full month of autumn usually is associated with falling leaves, cooler temperatures, and local football. However, here at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran’s Hospital, October also is the start of a new fiscal year. Therefore, I feel it’s important to not only refle…

On March 12, 1967, United States Air Force Capt. John Clark was piloting an RF-4C Phantom II on a tactical reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. In an attempt to keep under the enemy’s radar and offer less acquisition time for anti-aircraft gun crews, he was flying at an extremely low a…

At Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, we are committed to providing a welcoming environment for our Veterans and employees. As part of that commitment, we have developed specific expertise in caring for Veterans with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), and other rel…

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Almost a year and a half ago, we admitted our first COVID-19 patient to Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital. Since that day in March of 2020, we have continued to provide leading-edge care for Veterans affected by this pandemic. However, like other medical professionals, we have had …

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The coronavirus pandemic has been an unexpected experience for people all over the world, especially children and teenagers. The constant and immediate changes in daily life have been difficult and have had negative effects on mental health for people of all ages.

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Within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital is known as a leader in high reliability for consistently delivering exceptional health care. Like other complex, high-stakes industries ― such as commercial aviation ― health care must be innovative …

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Unless you’re from the small river town of Washington, Missouri, you’re probably not familiar with the name Morrie Martin. He was good-natured, unassuming, and quick to laugh. He liked to hunt and fish and talking about baseball was something he always enjoyed. What he didn’t like was talkin…

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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital’s Simulation Center recently became the second program in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Heartland Network (VISN-15), and one of only 17 throughout VA to achieve intermediate-level simulation certification. As a nationally-recognition…

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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital recently became the first medical facility within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as the state of Missouri, to offer Veteran patients a new robotic assisted, minimally invasive intervention for acquiring diagnostic biopsies of the l…

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This past week, Feb. 14 to Feb. 20, 2021, was National Salute to Veteran Patients. The purpose of the annual celebration is to recognize our Veterans, increase public awareness about our medical center, and encourage our community to not only visit our hospitalized Veterans but also to volun…

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This year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Since Jan. 12, 2021, staff from Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital have joined VA employees across the country as part of a year-long celebratio…

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On the eve of Christmas 2020, I would like to share a message of gratitude and hope with our Veterans, their loved ones and our mid-Missouri community. The cloud of COVID-19 has hung over us all these past 12 months ― starting with the initial news of this terrible disease back in December 2…

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Mark and Carol Stevenson have generously let Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA) call their property, at the corner of Smith and Fay, home for the last 11 growing seasons. Last Veterans Day, Mark and Carol presented their land to be home to the Veterans Urban Farm; a program allowin…

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At Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, providing our Veterans with leading-edge care and services is our No. 1 priority. Making sure that our Veterans know what’s available to them also is very important. Therefore, I want to take this opportunity to share recent changes to our Care…

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Recently, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced the increased use of virtual health delivery systems by 1,000 percent. At Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, providers have experienced similar increases with VA Video Connect (VVC) appointments.

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On Feb. 3, 1945, nineteen-year-old Ralph Kalberloh found himself serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a tail gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress, “Dixie’s Delight.” That day, Kalberloh’s plane was part of an air armada of more than 2,000 bombers and fighters lumbering toward Berlin. After sp…