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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

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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.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

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.
Army Veteran Michael Owen shaking hands with other volunteersWanted: Half a Million More Veterans to Volunteer
It's called the Million Veteran Program and we're half way there. A Veteran from Alabama became the 500,000th Veteran to voluntarily enroll in the program which may help to prevent and treat diseases.
Psychologist Dr. Mary Beth Shea with Veteran patientPsychologist Led VA Team Responding to Shootings
Some of America’s best doctors work for VA. We would like you to meet them. After the tragic event in Orlando, a VA doctor led a team of VA employees to help the families of the victims.
VA Employees and Veterans walk together to raise awareness and more for homeless VeteransVA Employees and Vets Walk for Homeless Veterans
19,000 VA employees and 8,000 Veterans donated clothing and other items worth more than $384,000 for homeless Veterans. And took a healthy walk along the way: VA’s Annual VA2K Walk & Roll.
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.

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