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The Battleship in Building One
by Dept. of Veterans Affairs

VA News, created by the US Department of Veteran Affairs, is an online source for news stories pertaining to the department, the veterans they serve and their families. The article “The Battleship in Building One” won the 2023 Award of Excellence: B2B Writing – Feature Article and the 2023 Award of Distinction: Writing – Feature Article. It cleverly recounts how parts of the decommissioned WW2 battleship USS Indiana came to live at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA hospital, and how they were integral to pioneering new treatments for veterans. Read the article below.

The Battleship in Building One

Referred to as “a radiation-free island,” Kaplan’s idea was an iron room, 10 feet long, 8 feet wide and 8 feet high. Inside a person would sit reclined, watching their favorite television programming. Detectors would absorb gamma radiation throughout the body and turn it into flashes of light. Technicians could count and measure the flashes to identify any radiation spikes, according to VA records.