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National Salute to Veteran Patients Week is a long-standing VA tradition in which members of the community and VA employees come together to show gratitude to Veteran patients.

While events of the past two years have not allowed leaders and staff at Central Virginia VA to show their full appreciation, in 2022 the facility is excited to unveil a large mural dedicated to Veterans.

The mural, titled “The Journey of a Veteran,” is the work of two Richmond artists: Ed Trask and Jason Ford. It highlights five Veterans from the local community.

“I wanted to bring a mural that would bring a sense of optimism,” Trask said. “I wasn’t sure at first. I was kind of scared about not representing Veterans well.”

Any fears the artists may have had dissolved quickly after sitting down and having a conversation with the Veterans, learning about their experience and history, while soaking in their personality and mannerisms. Continue reading here…

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