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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

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Photo of Frank WalkerHeroes Among Us: W. Frank Walker
Frank Walker accepted a commission in the U.S. Army after graduating from the Clemson University ROTC program. Walker was stationed in Vietnam flying the OH-6A Loach helicopter with F Troop, 4th Air Calvary.
Photo of Jackie HallHeroes Among Us: Jackie Hall
At the age of 22, Jackie Hall raised her hand volunteering to serve her country in the Air Force as a psychiatric nurse. Just a few months later, she volunteered again – this time to become a flight nurse in Vietnam.
Members of the groundbreaking detail turns shovels of dirt to symbolically signal the start of construction on the Charleston Fisher House Nov. 18.Charleston VA breaks ground on first Fisher House
The Charleston VA Medical Center and Fisher House Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Lowcountry’s first Fisher House. Charleston Fisher House will be a 16-suite home away from home for Veterans' families.
Vietnam War Veteran Clebe McClary, Jackie Hall, W. Frank Walker, and Alex Colvin pose on the symposium stage.Heroes Among Us: Clebe McClary
Last Thursday, Veterans and community members from across the state gathered aboard the USS Yorktown to listen as Vietnam Veterans shared stories of service and sacrifice during the war that forever changed America.
Grand Marshal Francis Bolds waves to the Veterans Day parade crowd from a Model A Ford.Veterans Day parade honors our uniformed heroes
Veterans from World War II to this era’s latest deployment operations showed up for, and participated in, the Charleston Veterans Day Parade in downtown Charleston on Sunday, Nov. 6.
Charlie Copson with his equine partner, TyHorses help heroes overcome life's challenges
Horses for Heroes, offered through Rein & Shine, is an eight week program that provides a therapeutic environment for Veterans through taking care of and bonding with a horse.
Mr. Isaacks cuts the ribbon for the grand opening for the Savannah VA Outpatient Clinic.Charleston VAMC opens new VA clinic in Savannah
On Oct. 25, Veterans, VA employees, community leaders and Savannah residents gathered for the grand opening ceremony of the new Savannah VA Outpatient Clinic hosted by Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.
VA staff from the Charleston VA Medical Center in South Carolina are transferring patients to the Augusta, Columbia and Dublin Medical Centers in advance of the hurricane.VA mounts concerted response to Hurricane Matthew
As part of a fully integrated health care system, VA medical centers across the Southeast worked together to provide unprecedented coordination of care and seamless patient transfers/evacuations during Hurricane Matthew.
Photo of Jan Shriner, Charleston VAMC Cancer Program CoordinatorBreast cancer survivor joins VA's cancer program
When U.S. Army Veteran Jan Shriner was diagnosed with breast cancer, she couldn’t have foreseen that 12 years later she would be helping fellow Veterans as the Cancer Program Coordinator at Charleston VA.
Doctor holding blue prostate cancer awareness ribbonProstate Cancer Awareness
Approximately 250-300 Veterans are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year at the Charleston VAMC. While it is one of the most common types of cancer in men, it is also one of the most treatable.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Michael Williams speaks to new employeesHomeless Veterans Personal Scorecard was the Key
Michael Williams’ personal scorecard was goal oriented, a plan he put together while living on the streets. Homeless for three years, he conquered alcoholism and regained the trust of his family.
Veteran getting their blood pressure checkedBlood Pressure Study: Vietnam Era Veterans
Researchers at the Department of Veterans Affairs find both herbicide exposure and military service are associated with high blood pressure (hypertension) among Army Chemical Corps Vietnam era Veterans.
Army Veteran Jeffrey Weinstock meets with Dr. Erica Dombrowsky, audiologist, through Clinical Video Telehealth.VA Telehealth saves Florida Veteran time, travel
Army Veteran Major Jeffrey Weinstock is very thankful this week for VA Telehealth. It saves him a 300-mile round-trip from Key West to Miami for a comprehensive hearing exam and new hearing aids
Veterans sitting around a camp fire.Veterans Deal with Diabetes at Unique Camp
Veterans in Wisconsin spend a weekend at a special camp designed to help them learn about and deal with their diabetes. Veteran Steve Biever lost 56 pounds and thanks a VA nurse for saving his life.
Veterans Day banner, with U.S. Flag as Background“What Veterans Day Means to Me”
All this week, we will be posting articles and blogs by Veterans talking about “What Veterans Day Means to Me.” Kicking off the week with a salute from a former Navy SEAL very proud of his service.
People walkingHonoring those who care for our Veterans
VA has a six-week online interactive workshop that offers training in how to provide better care. It also helps caregivers learn how to manage their own emotions, stress and physical health.
Elderly men, sitting at a table enjoying a cup of coffee while talking to one anotherAre You Ready to Make Your Choices?
Are you ready to make your choices? Advance Care Planning: Your preferences for future health care. Advance Directive: Tell others your preferences and who you have chosen to be your Health Care Agent.
VA nurses Heather Frank (L) and Jill Jefferson along with Simulator SAM during  ICU simulation training at the VA medical center in Des Moines, Iowa.Heather Frank - One of VA’s Top Nurses
Introducing Heather Frank, one of VA's and Iowa's, Top Nurses, whose extra effort has helped Vietnam Veterans in her Iowa Veteran Affairs hospital, receive awards for their service.
Vietnam Marine Corps Veteran Robert Hall and Primary Care Physician Dr. Sabrina FelsonVietnam Marine Corps Veteran - Forever Proud
Vietnam Vet, given grave cancer prognosis, says his top priority is family and his 11-month-old spirited grandson. “When my dad lies down next to him, Jayden just falls asleep.”
Veteran Lewis Taylor in Medical Foster HomeCouples Caring for Veterans in Foster Homes
There is an alternative to a nursing home for eligible Veterans. VA's Medical Foster Home Program is for Veterans no longer able to safely live independently. Here are two couples who participate.

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