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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

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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.
Charleston Veteran gets beard trimmed during the 2015 Stand Down Against Veteran Homelessness.Standing Down Against Veteran Homelessness in 2016
Charleston VAMC's outpatient clinics in Savannah, GA, and Myrtle Beach, SC, will team up with local support agencies this month to assist homeless Veterans during their Stand Down Against Veteran Homelessness events.
Person places hand on the shoulder of somber-looking ServicememberSeptember is Suicide Prevention Month
September is Suicide Prevention Month in the United States. For VA, suicide prevention is a year-round effort to provide Veterans with the resources and support needed to save the lives.
A nurse shows a female Veteran her chart in a hospital room.Women Veterans get specialized care at VA
Charleston VAMC introduced the Women’s Health Program in 2007. It’s a good thing, too, since the number of female Veterans has doubled in the last decade with more than 2.2 million women Veterans nationwide.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

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.
Doctor and Veteran PatientSan Diego VA Doctor Patients’ Best Friend
He reminds his patients of “those doctors from 50 years ago where they sit down and talk to you and are like your best friend. ”Meet Dr. James Michelson of VA San Diego.
VA Nurse and patient talkingCaring for Veterans at Work and at Home
VA has great employees and some of the best are our nurses. Drema Bratton, a VA nurse for 37 years, was recently named Nurse of the Year at her Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
A parent and Veteran sitting together“They Saved My Son's Life”
Families of Veterans with problems have a remarkable confidential VA program designed to assist them in finding the help they need with compassion, patience and understanding.
Social Add, Be there for a Veteran in CrisisBe There for a Veteran in Crisis
September is Suicide Prevention Month and VA is asking for the entire nation’s help in reducing Veteran suicide and calling on everyone to Be There for Veterans and Service members.
Veterans planking at the GymHealth and Fitness for Older Veterans
VA's Gerofit fitness and health promotion program reduces the risk of the need for nursing home care by developing individually tailored, functionally-based exercise for America's older Veterans.
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.

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