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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

Local Features

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.
A wreath rests against the base of a memorial honoring the lives of lost Servicemembers. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center held a wreath-laying ceremony during a Memorial Day event at the facility May 27, 2016. (Photo by James Arrowood)VA honors the fallen at Memorial Day ceremony
Veterans, VA employees, their families and friends gathered on Friday, May 27 in the flag courtyard at the Charleston VA to honor the memory of military Servicemembers who lost their lives in service to their country.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

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.
Male Veteran walking down a rural road surrounded by treesPTSD Help with Cognitive Processing Therapy
After 17 months in Iraq he came home and felt he was drifting through life. After he was diagnosed with PTSD, he entered a VA treatment program called Cognitive Processing Therapy. It worked for him.
Two VA Doctors with their VA Patient after surgery Veteran has Tongue Cancer Surgery – Home in 3 Days
Warren, an Army Veteran, had surgery for a cancerous tongue tumor. He spent only three days in the hospital. Read how VA surgeons solve complex problems with minimally invasive procedures.
 Image of a male volunteer handing out clothes to a male Veteran. I was addicted and homeless. The VA took me in.
Vietnam Veteran Mike Doherty was homeless and addicted to pain killers and alcohol. He had hit bottom with no place to turn. But then a good friend drove him to the Pittsburgh VA.
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.

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