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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

Local Features

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.
Knights of Columbus members donate items for Veterans.Voluntary service helps through community service
During this holiday season, many individuals, communities and organizations are looking for ways help others, and the Voluntary Service Office at Charleston VAMC has the pleasure of receiving their generous donations.
Dr. Michael Zile provides care for a critically ill patient in the Intensive Care Unit suffering from advance heart failure.Cardiac stem cell clinical trial to help Veterans
Charleston VA, in partnership with MUSC, began a new cardiac stem cell clinical trial for Veterans and civilians affected by heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, a difficult to treat heart disease.
Volunteers from the Coast Guard hand out bagged lunches to Stand Down attendees.  Photo by James Arrowood.Stand Down Against Homelessness supports Veterans
Veteran Stand Down Against Homelessness events are hosted annually by VA medical centers throughout the country with the goal to connect Veterans with the VA and community resources they need to get back on their feet.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

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.
Image of a volunteer pushing a patient in a wheelchair. Vietnam Vet Gives His Time to the VA in Georgia
Gus Albritton has spent 25 years and 23,000 hours volunteering at the Dublin VA in Georgia. The 66-year-old Vietnam Veteran began volunteering as a way of coping with his PTSD.
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.

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