Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Religion
2:40 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

VA Chooses New Contractor for Sweat Lodge Ceremonies

Canvas tarps cover a framework of willow branches to create the sweat lodge used by veterans at the Salt Lake VA medical center.

  The Salt Lake Veterans Affairs Medical Center has chosen a new contractor to provide sweat lodges and other Native American healing ceremonies.  That’s disappointed supporters of Arnold Thomas, who’s been doing it for the past ten years. 

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Religion
1:24 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Fast Draws Attention to VA Sweat Lodge Ceremonies

Native American sweat lodge at the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center

  The Salt Lake Veterans Affairs Medical Center has promised to continue Native American healing ceremonies every week – but the spiritual leader who’s conducted them may not be leading them any longer.

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Healthcare
4:29 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Veterans Cut Ribbon on New Mental Health Outpatient Building

Iraq veteran John Angel Jr. and Vietnam veteran Craig Shipley cut the ribbon on the VA Salt Lake City's new Mental Health Outpatient Building.
Andrea Smardon

The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City cut the ribbon Friday on its new Mental Health Outpatient Building.  As troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan, VA officials say the number of combat troops seeking help is growing. 

Steve Young is the Director of Mental Health Services for the VA in Salt Lake City.  He says the building they’ve been operating in for 20 years is basically a bunch of old trailers without wheels.

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