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On March 29, several members of the South Texas VA staff went mobile, throughout the hospital, to honor Vietnam-era Veterans who were hospitalized as part of the 2019 Vietnam War 50th Commemoration event.
For four days, "The Wall That Heals," a 375 foot long replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was set up at the Ft. Sam Houston national Cemetery in San Antonio. An estimated 8000 visitors viewed the display.
On October 25, the South Texas Recreation Therapy Service hosted its inaugural "Positivity Project." Veterans, their families and staff were invited to bring their creativity and brighten the hospital grounds.
Dr. Aven Senter, VA psychologist and Kerrville Mental Health Program Manager, hosted the first mental health series for VA employees, community providers to network and learn the issues facing Hill Country Veterans.
On Columbus Day, October 8, over 180 golfers hit the links to support the South Texas VA Fisher House. The inclement weather held off and the tournament raised over $47,000 for local VA Fisher House programs.
50 Veterans completed three days of training and cycling at the second Adaptive Cycling Camp. Veterans were able to try different styles of bikes. They also learned safe riding techniques and bike maintenance.
A multidisciplinary team responded to a mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Nov. 5. The initial team, led by South Texas VA Chief of Staff, Dr. Julianne Flynn, arrived less than eight hours after the shooting.
The South Texas VA sent several members of its staff to support the Michael E. DeBakey VA in Houston, Texas after Harvey flooded the area. One staff member, nurse Joel Gutierrez, reflected on his deployment.