By Rodney Maxwell

VA Medical Center — Buffalo, NY


Adversity is misfortune when things go wrong:   medical conditions, finances, family and spouse problems,  friends, or even transportation. I could list a book  filled with adversity. Something will always go wrong  no matter how and what you plan. It is a part of life and  human nature.

Adversity is a powerful word, but the real power is how you deal with it. You still have to function. Life is not going to stop because of an individual’s adversity.  Get help. Treatment centers, church, peers, doctors, counselors and most of all self-awareness can help solve problems.

Always remember when you think you have encountered insurmountable adversity, there are others with problems greater than yours.

VAMC Gives Hope

VAMC Gives Hope

 By Linda Oliver

VA Medical Center —Orlando, FL


In May of 2010, I was involved in a terrible auto accident caused by a drunk driver. My condition required hospitalization for several months, as I experienced massive injuries to my legs, especially my left leg.

Since the accident, I have been unable to walk.  Although I am not paralyzed, I have been in a wheelchair ever since. I still have tremendous pain in my legs; however, with the help of my caseworker, I have been able to continue my rehabilitation at the Orlando VAMC where I was admitted in January of 2012.

I wanted to say that since my admittance at the VAMC, I have had nothing but a positive experience. I have found the staff to be friendly and supportive in their endeavors to help me improve my medical condition. Through rehabilitation, my pain is more tolerable. Additionally, I feel more spiritually inclined. You have to understand that when you experience such a traumatic injury, there is a period of time when you feel as if no one can help you turn your life around up until my admittance at the Orlando VAMC, I was extremely depressed and discouraged.

However, the staff here has given me hope and improved my physical condition.  I will go home soon but plan to continue with rehabilitation. The good news is that my rehab sessions will be held at the VAMC, which gives me hope for a complete recovery over time.