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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

Local Features

Join us for the Veteran's Mental Health CouncilVeterans leading change: Mental Health Council
The Veterans Mental Health Council meets monthly for education and with an aim to facilitate the improvement of mental health services including Veterans' perceived use of them.
Some members of the care team with Veteran Robert SmithOne Veteran’s wish mobilizes a team effort
A Veteran's dying wish mobilizes staff across the Charleston VA Medical Center to work together not only meet the patient's medical needs, but also to find a home for his beloved dog, Precious
SculptureHomage to the Fallen
On November 10, Dr. Edward donated a sculpture to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in honor of the Service members who have sacrificed their lives to protect our country.
James W. Shumard, III, Retired Air Force Colonel and parade grand marshal, awaits the start of the parade Saturday morning at the corner of Market St. and East Bay St.Veterans Day Parade Salutes Lowcountry Veterans
The 2015 Veterans Day parade was held November 7 to honor and thank Lowcountry heroes of every generation who selflessly served in our nation’s military during times of peace or war.
Stand Down 2015Stand Down helps homeless Veterans, showcases CRRC
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center partnered with Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina and Palmetto Warrior Connection to host its 16th annual Stand Down Against Veteran Homelessness Oct. 30.
Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Community Resource and Referral Center in North Charleston, South Carolina.CRRC Offers Resources for Vets in the Area
Veterans in the Lowcountry have another weapon in their arsenal in the fight against homelessness—the Community Resource and Referral Center, where they can find housing, employment and educational opportunities.
CMOP employees performing inspectionsSpecial Delivery: VA's mail-order pharmacy system
In a nondescript building thousands of tiny orange bottles jostle along automated conveyor belts, jockeying for position as they traverse the interior of the 75,000 square foot Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy.
Joe TowlesA Veteran Helping Veterans
In April 2003, Air Force Veteran Joe Towles walked through the doors of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center on a mission to change his life. Today he has 12 years sober and works as a case manager at Vet Villas.
Lutricia "Treeka" OvertonSurviving Breast Cancer
On June 22, 2007 at the young age of 32, Overton was diagnosed with breast cancer which led to months of chemo treatment and 35 days of radiation. Today, she is looking forward to reaching her 10 year cancer free mark.
Female nurse gives adult male a flu shot in right deltoid.Flu vaccines available now!
Protect yourself, your loved ones and your patients by getting this season’s flu vaccine. Flu shots are now available for patient Veterans and VA employees at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Happy HolidaysReligious Exercise and Expression in VA Facilities
VA appreciates religious groups and other organizations that wish to celebrate the holidays with our Veterans. Here are the guidelines to help you observe the season with our patients and residents.
Man in a wheelchair with a woman standing to his sideHonoring Family and Friends Who Care for Veterans
Respite care provides a break for a Veteran's regular caregiver, and VA offers professional respite care to caregivers. Eligible Veterans may be eligible to receive 30 days of respite care per year.
Major Anthony SmithOne Story of Millions Who Have Borne the Battle
From a body bag to a black belt. After being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, Anthony Smith was presumed dead and placed in a body bag. Today, after 100 surgeries, he has a martial arts black belt.
A woman with a stethoscope reviews a paper with an older man holding a canePlanning for Getting Older: Is it Ever Too Early?
Over half of America's Veterans are over 65. It's estimated 70% of them will eventually need long term care. Have you and your family made any plans? Here's what one Veteran did ... and you can too.
Two men and two women chopping vegetables around a kitchen counterVA Gourmet - Teaching Vets How to Cook Healthy
At the Fargo VA in North Dakota, a team of dietitians is dedicated to teaching Veterans how to prepare quick, easy meals that are nutritious and healthy (and taste good too).
A tall, cylindrical machine stands in the center of a hospital room and emits blue light Milwaukee VA Medical Center Zaps Germs with Robots
Milwaukee VA Medical Center protects the health and safety of Veteran patients with new robots that kill numerous micro-organisms in about 15 minutes. It scrambles the DNA of bacteria.
Detail of a painting featuring military boots and high heelsCreative Arts Festival 2015
Over 100 Veterans are gathering in North Carolina this week for VA's national annual Creative Arts Festival. It's music, painting, dancing, sculpture ... and it's therapeutic.
A woman sits on a bed while readingHomeless Alabama Veteran Home at Last
Army Veteran April Rencher didn't plan on becoming homeless. But after watching her world fall apart, she's now building a new life for herself with a little help from her friends at the Tuscaloosa VA.
A woman in a lab coat shows a patient two computer monitors displaying mammogram imagesBreast Cancer: The Importance of Mammograms
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, but early detection saves lives, which is why mammograms are so important. VA's 3D technology is improving cancer detection rates.
An audiologist installs a hearing aid for a Veteran patientVeterans! Hard of hearing? VA can help.
Whether from high noise in military operations or during training, hearing loss and tinnitus account for the two most prevalent service-connected disabilities among Veterans. Many do not realize it until too late.

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