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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

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A photo of Alex Colvin pictured with Ralph Johnson.Honor on the Hill: Alex Colvin remembers
Marine Alex Colvin recollects an unforgettable day on Hill 146 in Quan duc Valley--a day that left him with physical and emotional wounds, but also taught him to appreciate the life in front of him.
Vicki Stoughton shown in her office with her service dog.The blind leading the blind to greatness
Charleston VAMC Visual Impairment Service Team (VIST) Coordinator Vicki Stoughton lost her sight at 19 and understands the challenges of sight loss. The VIST program provides resources and support for blind Veterans.
Marine Corps Veteran Wayne Moore poses with his granddaughters at Charleston VA.Veteran applauds VA care
Marine Corps Veteran Wayne Moore has been receiving care at the Charleston VA Medical Center for years. Moore is grateful for the care he's received here and credits VA with saving his life. So do his granddaughters.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month – a time to remember the importance of immunization in keeping our communities healthy.National Immunization Awareness Month
August is National Immunization Awareness Month – a time to remember the importance of immunization to stay healthy. Take charge of your health and help protect those around you by learning about recommended vaccines.
Award winning photograph of a blue crab taken by Air Force Veteran Ed Waldrop.Veteran finds healing through the camera’s eye
Charleston VAMC patient and Air Force Veteran Ed Waldrop, an accomplished photographer based in the Lowcountry, won third place in the color photography category of the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.
Don Pinnacle competes in the semi-final round of table tennis in the men’s 60 -64 age group at the 2016 National Veterans Golden Age Games.Pinnacle brings home gold to South Carolina
Army Veteran Don Pinnacle lights up when he talks about the National Veterans Golden Age Games. Held last week in Detroit, Michigan, it's Pinnacle’s 2nd year attending the event as the sole representative from SC.
Charleston VAMC Assistant Director Felissa Koernig accepted the award on behalf of the medical center and signed a statement of support.Charleston VA honored for supporting DOD employees
Charleston VAMC was honored by the South Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve with an Above and Beyond Award recognizing of extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
Linda Henry stands before her post in the front lobby of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.Linda Henry: Making the first impression count
Most Veterans coming to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center are greeted by a smiling face, thanks to full-time front desk receptionist Linda Henry. The USAF Veteran describes her job as the “best job in the hospital.”
Photo of new GI procedure roomGastroenterology unit doubles capacity
On March 28, Charleston VAMC expanded the Gastroenterology (GI) Procedure Center from two to four rooms, doubling the capacity for Veteran procedures, while becoming a national leader in patient satisfaction scores.
Hurricane Hugo, 1989. Courtesy of NOAA.Hurricane Preparedness
If you’ve lived along the coast long enough, you’ve probably been under the threat of a hurricane, or have even experienced one. Learn hurricane preparedness tips and find resources to help plan for a weather emergency.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Dr. Bush and Army Veteran Michael Fuller I am here to help, that is my gift to you.
VA Audiologist Dr. Erica Bush lost her hearing as a child and understands the challenges of Veterans with hearing problems. Read her inspiring story of turning her experiences into helping Veterans.
Army Veteran Michael Owen shaking hands with other volunteersWanted: Half a Million More Veterans to Volunteer
It's called the Million Veteran Program and we're half way there. A Veteran from Alabama became the 500,000th Veteran to voluntarily enroll in the program which may help to prevent and treat diseases.
Psychologist Dr. Mary Beth Shea with Veteran patientPsychologist Led VA Team Responding to Shootings
Some of America’s best doctors work for VA. We would like you to meet them. After the tragic event in Orlando, a VA doctor led a team of VA employees to help the families of the victims.
VA Employees and Veterans walk together to raise awareness and more for homeless VeteransVA Employees and Vets Walk for Homeless Veterans
19,000 VA employees and 8,000 Veterans donated clothing and other items worth more than $384,000 for homeless Veterans. And took a healthy walk along the way: VA’s Annual VA2K Walk & Roll.
VA Chaplin speaking with Veteran about spiritualityTalking Spiritual about Moral Injury
VA chaplains help Veterans in many ways, including invisible injuries. Read how one New York VA chaplain works with Veterans dealing with moral injury, helping them cope with memories they push away.
Women Veterans Call Center EmployeeVA invites Women Veterans to Chat Online
The Women Veterans Call Center has a new online, one-to-one chat function. Women Veterans can chat online anonymously via text with a trained woman representative, many of whom are Veterans.
Veteran throwing Javelin at Golden Age GamesVeteran Golden Age Games Underway in Detroit
Golden Age Games - it is about the rehabilitation value that wellness and fitness provide in the lives of older Veterans and a good time, competition and fellowship with other Veterans.
Image of Veteran outdoors with friends and his horseDying Veteran Emotional Last Request
Paralyzed by a bullet to his spine in Vietnam combat, Roberto Gonzalez still found many things to enjoy in life. His favorite was his horses. Near the end of his life, he had one last request.
Veteran competeing in Wheelchair games in an Archery match. Wheelchair Games are about Living Healthy Lives
All this week VA and the Paralyzed Veterans of America are hosting the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Veterans will participate in 18 wheelchair sports events in Salt Lake City.
Image of a Monarch butterfly on a flowerButterflies Symbolize Hope for Paralyzed Veterans
In early May about 30 patients and staff gathered on the front patio of the Milwaukee Veteran Affairs Spinal Cord Injury building to witness a special ceremony: the release of hundreds of butterflies.

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