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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

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Chaplain John Painter and Air Force Veteran Bernard SmithOvercoming moral injury
As a young airman, Bernard Smith was used to working on the flight line, helping prepare aircraft for flight into the Vietnam jungle. That is until the day an officer in Saigon ordered him to assist the mortician.
Veteran Razzi Odom checks the scale while Becci Luhrs, MOVE! program coordinator, notes his progress towards his goal of dropping 31 pounds.MOVE!-ing into 2017 with a drive to lose weight
Now that it’s been more than a month since those New Year’s resolutions were made to get fit, are you looking for a little motivation to keep you on track? Meet Razzi Odom and Curtis Moody.
Community Living Center resident accepts a flower from Scott Isaacks.VA celebrates National Salute to Veterans
During the week of Valentine's Day, Charleston VA and its community partners are celebrating National Salute to Veteran Patients to honor and thank Veteran patients for their service and sacrifice.
MVP logoVA celebrates 7,000 Veterans enrolled in study
Veterans, staff, visitors and volunteers gathered in the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Welcome Center on Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. to celebrate the local enrollment of 7,000 Veterans into the Million Veteran Program (MVP).
Charleston VAMC employees dress in red to support women's heart health on last year on Go Red Day.Charleston VA goes red for women's heart health
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States according to the National Heart Association, causing one in three women’s deaths each year or approximately one woman per minute.
Dr. LaRue stands before a research poster.Green light: Glowing mice help advance research
Mice are a common fixture in many research laboratory settings, however, Charleston VAMC’s research facility has one special mouse that is helping researchers make great strides in their analysis of respiratory disease.
photo of USS Ralph JohnsonUSS Ralph Johnson to be commissioned in Charleston
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the selection of Charleston, South Carolina, as the location for the commissioning ceremony of the future USS Ralph Johnson on Jan. 11.
Photo of Ralph H. Johnson in uniform.Birthday wishes for Charleston’s native son
Each January, the medical center makes it a point to take time to honor the memory of one of our greatest local heroes—Pfc. Ralph H. Johnson—the namesake of our medical center.
Donor happily provides blood to the American Red Cross.Red Cross to hold blood drive at Charleston VAMC
Charleston VAMC is hosting the American Red Cross for a blood drive on January 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Main Auditorium. Donations will help restore units that were depleted during Hurricane Matthew.
Dr. Egede working with therapistHome-based tele-mental health benefits Veterans
Home-based tele-mental health care for depression is well received by patients and delivers as good a quality of life as in-person visits, according to the results of a clinical trial.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Lead Yoga Therapist Nancy Schalk.Can Yoga Ease Your PTSD? VA Wants to Find Out
A clinical research psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indiana is exploring the effects Yoga might have on Veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Concert, band playing on the stageVA's National Salute to Veteran Patients
Concerts, Valentines, and a lot of Americans saying Thank You, all part of VA's National Salute to Veteran Patients. Along with a chance for you to learn how you can volunteer to help our heroes.
Image of a Veteran holding a small rock.  A Journey to Vietnam, and Reconciliation
In December 2016 a group of Veterans along with VA providers and academics from around the country met in Vietnam to jointly experience a spiritual pilgrimage to facilitate recovery from the war.
Images of Julian Scadden at the bedside of a dying Veteran. Army Veteran Spends His Days Comforting the Dying
Nine years ago Julian Scadden, a 67-year-old Vietnam-Era Veteran who works as a housekeeper at the Denver VA, found his true calling in life: comforting dying Veterans on the hospital's hospice unit
Image of a group therapy session featuring both men and women.VA Giving Strength to Couples in Crisis
The Baltimore VA's Strength at Home program is designed to help Veterans who are experiencing physical or verbal abuse in their relationships, but don't know how to end the circle of violence.
Writer-Editor Rebekah E. Rickner interviews Veteran Richard BryeHonoring the Voices and Experiences of Veterans
My Life, My Story. A unique VA project that lets Veterans tell their VA care team about their life and careers, who they are as a person and then have their story added to their VA medical record.
Army Veteran boxercisingVeteran loses 30 pounds in VA's MOVE! program
Army Veteran, 65, lost more than 30 pounds and got in shape with VA's MOVE! program - lifting weights and attending fitness classes for cardio three times a week. Also, a little yoga and boxercise.
Image of doctor shaking hands with patientTransgender Vets, the VA, and Respect
Are you a transgender Veteran? The VA provides gender transition counseling, evaluations for hormone therapy, and evaluations for gender transition surgeries, along with a healthy dose of respect.
Dr. Eloise Harman and Army Vietnam Veteran Winston FigueroaDr. Eloise Harman - One of VA's Top Doctors.
Dr. Eloise Harman follows in her parents' footsteps in providing care for America's Veterans. And spends most of her free time volunteering to help others. Meet another one of VA's Top Doctors.
Female soldier burning old uniforms Nearly 100,000 Vets Enrolled in Burn Pit Registry
Veterans who had exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards during deployment are encouraged to join the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. Almost 100,000 Veterans have so far.

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