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The VA MISSION Act of 2018—What This Means for Veterans Living with Kidney Diseases

  • 1 Susan T. Crowley, MD, MBA, FASN, is the National Program Director for Kidney Disease & Dialysis, Veterans Health Administration, and Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Section of Nephrology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.
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Fifty-one years ago, the fate of the daring US astronauts of the APOLLO 13 mission unfolded on national television. Launched to replicate the sensational success of NASA's lunar landing the previous year, the unlucky “13” spacecraft sustained damage to a critical environmental control module and had to not only abort the mission but creatively reengineer its way back to earth. What became known as NASA's “most successful failed mission” is a story of triumph, despite exceptional adversity, due to the courage, imagination, and determination of a network of people invested in a common goal—ensuring the well-being of its astronauts.

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