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An open house during which the author shared the stage with Debby Boone

Say It Out Loud — Suicide

“S U I C I D E” There, your computer didn’t blow up. Your phone didn’t burst into flames. I guess it’s no secret that people are afraid of blindness and, by extension, blind people. But what about suicide. If you want to empty a room in ten seconds flat start talking about suicide! Towards […]

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McGriff Alumni House

They Continue To Serve

Last year I told the story of Two Remarkable Veterans. What have they been up to since their military service?     Ben Branscomb, M.D.     Earlier this year Dr. Ben Branscomb was inducted into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame.   Ben V. Branscomb, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P.   Dr. Ben Branscomb’s career forever […]

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Exhibit Hall Madness

My day job is with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, VA. I’m part of a team that ensures that software used by VA is accessible by individuals who have disabilities. Ellen is our director and Mary Lou, ML, is one of my colleagues.   In late March Ellen called me. “Hey woman,” she […]

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Today, Jeri retires from a thirty-nine year career with Veterans Affairs. We’ll miss her. I’ve never known anyone who embodies the ideals of customer service so perfectly. I first met Jeri when I worked at the Birmingham VA medical center. Jeri worked at the VA Office of Information field office near the medical center. VA […]

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Sue and Kismet at the Alabama National Cemetery

What is a National Cemetery?

    “United States National Cemetery” is a designation for 147 nationally important cemeteries in the United States . . . The most well-known is Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. –From Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United States National Cemetery. That number now stands at 148. On Monday, February 17th, a new National Cemetery was dedicated in Montevallo, […]

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Sue at Seeing Eye

In Recognition: National Suicide Prevention Week

At 26 years of age, my life had hit rock bottom. Deeply depressed, I had reached the point where I believed I no longer had options. Placing a loaded gun to my head, I pulled the trigger. There was an explosion and, in an instant, my world went dark. I didn’t die, but the failed […]

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