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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

 

A satisfying career...why I choose VA

Marie Claudia Brown started working at Charleston VAMC more than 20 years ago and is proud to be a Veteran serving Veterans. (Photo by James Aroowood.)

Marie Claudia Brown started working at Charleston VAMC more than 20 years ago and is proud to be a Veteran serving Veterans. (Photo by James Aroowood.)

By Marie Claudia Brown, Food Service Worker
Friday, November 23, 2018

I came to work here at Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in 1995 as a food service worker. I really like working at the VA where I can serve Veterans. Right now, I am a cook, but I’ve also worked on the CLC on the fourth floor serving Veterans their meals daily. I really enjoyed working with Veterans on that inpatient unit because sometimes I would get a chance to just talk with them one on one. I would listen to what was going on in their life and offer them someone to talk to. I liked meeting and greeting the Veterans as they were going to their rooms. I have been a cook for one year now, and this job is personally fulfilling and satisfying.

I really like the experience of cooking and getting to see my finished product. I also like to hear from the Veterans what they liked and what they didn’t like so I can try to make adjustments in the future. The majority of the people that I work with are Veterans, and we’re like a close-knit family. I enjoy working with my fellow Veterans. 

I am an Army Veteran, and while I was in the service I was an honor guard for four years. We went out to different places to assist a Veteran’s family with funeral detail and performed the 21-gun salute. In the army I was 57-H, a truck driver, and I did that for six years. I am now service connected for injuries I got while in the military.

I’ve been a patient here since the early 1990s. Even before I started working here I was a patient. I have to say that the care here has been great. I have a very good relationship with my primary care doctor and my rheumatologist. They always have the time to talk with me about everything that is going on with me physically.  

I love to contribute to Veterans’ lives and I enjoy having meaningful work that allows me to communicate with individuals. I like working with them to discuss problems, and help them overcome anything that is giving them an issue. I plan on working for the Veterans at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center until I retire.

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