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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

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A CT scan creates a series of cross-sectional images of the head and brain.May is Stroke Awareness Month
May is Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. Registered Nurse Elizabeth Aprile, Charleston VA's first Stroke Program Coordinator, is here to help spread that message.
Hinesville Welcome Home event flyerThis week: New clinic, Welcome Home for Veterans
Two notable events are happening this week for Veterans in the Lowcountry--the Joint Physical Therapy Clinic grand opening ceremony in Beaufort, SC; a Welcome Home information and resource fair in Hinesville, GA.
Miracles entertain Veterans during a free concert at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Saturday, May 7.Miracles entertain Veterans at Welcome Home event
This weekend, the Miracles entertained area Veterans and their families during a free concert that was held as the finale to a day-long homecoming event sponsored by Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.
Charleston VAMC Director Scott Isaacks presents volunteer Charles Frederick with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for contributing more than 4,000 hours of service.Charleston VA honors volunteers at awards banquet
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center celebrated National Volunteer Week April 10 - 16 by holding three special awards banquets for VA volunteers serving in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Savannah and surrounding areas.
Charleston VA Medical Center nurses Rodney Hicks, Vincencia Trowell and Nicole Coxe received the Palmetto Gold Awards for 2016.VA nurses take home the Palmetto Gold
Nurses from the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center have been among South Carolina's Palmetto Gold Award recipients for several years. This year, three Charleston VAMC nurses carry on that tradition.
Joe CoolerCooler serving Veterans
Cooler is one of more than 400 Veterans attending the 2016 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo. It is his second year attending the event and he’s excited to be skiing again.
Ret. Lt. Col. Ernest R. Jenkins was a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft 1 for 17 months in Barth, Germany during World War II. Photo by Stacy PearsallNational Former POW Recognition Day
Saturday, April 9, is National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, a day set aside in appreciation of former prisoners of war who gave up their own freedom in defense of this Nation.
Charleston VAMC Director Scott Isaacks thanks a Vietnam Veteran for his service after presenting him with a commemorative pin.Ralph H. Johnson VA Center honors Vietnam veterans
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a proud Commemorative Partner of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. We honor the service and sacrifice of Vietnam-era Veterans, and are privileged to serve them each day.
FY15 Annual Report cover imageAnnual Report to the Community
This truly has been a successful year for Charleston VA. Please take a moment to celebrate with us the accomplishments of the past year by clicking through the expanded interactive version of our 2015 Annual Report.
This year VA is participating in Women’s History Month by celebrating the success of women and women Veterans.Women's History Event: Insight from VA leaders
March is set aside as Women’s History Month to honor and highlight the contributions made by women to our nation. VA is participating in Women’s History Month by celebrating the success of women and women Veterans.

From the Veterans Health Administration

World MS Day, 25 May 2016 - LogoYou get to choose how you will handle MS.
Read the inspirational words of an Air Force Veteran who eloquently describes how he lives every day with Multiple Sclerosis. His courage and resolve serve as a valuable example to us all.
Fictional image of neurons of light firing in the brainA Smart Home for Veterans with Brain Injuries
Among the many remarkable advances being studied by VA researchers is a “smart home” for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. Technology tracks the Veterans and helps them relearn basic skills.
Two male Veterans sitting with female VA employee looking at a paper flyer GeriPACTs – Specialized Care for Older Veterans
VA is ready to care for older Veterans. By 2017, almost 10 million of our 21 million Veterans will be over 65. Here's some information about VA's Geriatric Patient Aligned Care Teams.
Image of an older woman and a younger woman sitting together at a table.Women Vets and Violence
A year ago, the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program was launched at the Beckley VA Medical Center in West Virginia. The state ranks 13th in domestic homicides and suicides.
A doctor visits a patient in his home and takes his hand. Sharing Advantages of VA Home Based Care
When a VA doctor read a letter in the paper that it was almost impossible for a primary care doctor to truly connect with patients and their families, he shares VA is able to do just that.
Veteran patient working with a member of Voluntary ServicesMarking 70 Years of Volunteers Serving Veterans
One of the most important things we give each other is our attention. VA’s Volunteers have been doing this for 70 years. This week we salute and thank them for their dedication.
A Veteran in a wheelchair poses next to an accessible ramp to his houseOccupational Therapists in Home Based Primary Care
As key team members in Home Based Primary Care, VA's Occupational Therapists make it possible for home-bound Veterans with complex health care needs to enjoy meaningful lives.
A man captures a pencil rubbing of a Servicemember's name engraved on the Vietnam WallVA Honors Vietnam Vets for Service and Sacrifice
VA is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam on March 29 with Vietnam Veterans Day. It is a long-overdue opportunity to honor and thank our Vietnam Veterans.
A Veteran being treated by his VA doctorVeterans with Epilepsy: You are not alone
Over 300,000 US soldiers have been diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury since 2000, many at risk for epilepsy. New VHA online videos show how Vets with epilepsy are able to live full, successful lives.
Image of female Airman tossing old uniforms into a firepit to be burnedWere you exposed to burn pits while deployed?
If you have experienced respiratory symptoms or health conditions that may be related to exposure to burn pits while deployed, you should register in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.

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