In Memoriam

Christine LaGana AVAPL has learned of the passing of Dr. Christine LaGana on September 20, 2017. Dr. LaGana was President of AVAPL in 1994-95. One of the founders of the VA Psychology Leadership Conference, Dr. LaGana joined her colleagues in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the conference in May 2017.

In honor of Dr. LaGana, the story of the "One Special Pig":

A traveling salesman drove past a farm one day and noticed a pig with one wooden leg. He didn't think much of it until a week later, driving by the same farm, the pig had two wooden legs. The third week, the pig had three wooden legs, and finally, after seeing the pig the fourth week with four wooden legs, he had to stop to inquire about it.

He tracked down the farmer and asked him about the strange sight. The farmer told him, "Well, that's the greatest pig alive. About a month ago, he saved my wife and kids and me from our burning house by waking us up in the middle of the night just in time to escape without any harm!"

The salesman continue to prod the farmer about the pig's wooden legs. "Well," the farmer replied, "this pig is just like one of the family. He's a really great pig. A couple of weeks ago, our youngest boy fell in the creek, and this truly wonderful pig fished him out just in time to save him from drowning! He's one really great pig!"

The salesman, starting to lose his patience, again inquired about the wooden legs, to which the farmer replied, "Last week, I fell off my horse and my foot got caught up in the stirrup. This great pig ran along side of the horse and me and untangled me and truly saved my life. What a great pig - the greatest pig in the world!!"

Losing his patience, the salesman finally shouted, "All right already, That's enough! He's a really great pig - a REALLY great pig! But what about his wooden legs?!"

To which the farmer replied, "Well now, a great pig like that - you don't eat him all at once!"

New AVAPL Newsletter Published!

The latest edition of the AVAPL Newsletter is available here!

DC Summit Presentations Posted

Two presentations from the 2017 DC Psychology Summit have been posted. Click here to access the presentations.

Policy Analysis Released

AVAPL, in association with Fighting for Veterans Healthcare, the Association of VA Social Workers, and the Nursing Organization on Veterans Affairs, has released an analysis of various options for redesigning the Veterans Choice program. Read the policy analysis here, or click here to access various advocacy documents on preserving the VA Health Care System.

20th Anniversary of the VA Psychology Leadership Conference

Presentations and pictures from the 20th Anniversary VA Psychology Leadership Conference are now posted! Click here to go to the conference website for access to these items.

New Newsletter!

The latest AVAPL Newsletter has been published. Click here to read it.

Calling All History Buffs!

Read all the newsletters published by AVAPL from its inception in 1977 to today. Find out more here!
 
 
 

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The Campaign to Change Direction, Know the Five Signs

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VA Psychology Photo History Project

Cover of VA Psychology Photo History Project Retired Psychology Leader Dr. Rodney Baker (San  Antonio) has compiled a collection of scanned photos of VACO and VA Psychology Chief/Leaders from 1946 to 2005 and has made this compilation available to the public. Click here to view and download the VA Psychology Photo History document.

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Minutes

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, August 2017

AVAPL Mid-Winter Meeting Minutes, March 2017

August Mid-Winter Meeting Attachment on CHOICE

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, September 2016

AVAPL Annual Meeting Minutes 2016

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, June 2016

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, April 2016

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, March 2016

AVAPL Mid-Winter Meeting Minutes, 2016

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, December 2015

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, November 2015

AVAPL Annual Meeting Minutes, August 2015

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, August 2015

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, July 2015

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, June 2015

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, April 2015

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, March 2015

AVAPL Executive Committee Mid-Winter Meeting Minutes, February 2015

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, January 2015

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, December 2014

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, November 2014

AVAPL Annual Meeting Minutes, August 2014

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, July 2014

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, May 2014

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, April 2014

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, March 2014

AVAPL Executive Committee Mid-Winter Meeting Minutes, February 2014

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, February 2014

AVAPL Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, January 2014

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