Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Compensation and Pension
Charleston VAMC opened a new Compensation and Pension clinic at Joint Base Charleston- Weapons on Aug. 22 to better meet the needs of Lowcountry Veterans filling disability claims with VA’s Veterans Benefits Administration.
The C&P clinic, located at Building 754, Pulaski Street, is just down the street from the VA/DoD Optometry Clinic. The site will serve to meet the growing demand for C&P medical examination appointments in an area where many Veterans live and work.
“The C&P Program has a mandated 30 day turnaround time for each (medical examination) request received and with the number of staff we had on board, the program was unable to keep up,” said Donna Nash, C&P Coordinator. But this move will allow that situation to dramatically improve.
The clinic will operate with C&P clerks, a C&P Coordinator, three mid-level examiners, a psychologist, and a chief medical examiner to oversee the program. In addition two health techs are being recruited to draw labs and perform EKGs on-site the same day as the appointment.
Two additional mid-level providers are currently being credentialed for the C&P Program for VAMC Community Based Outpatient Clinics.
“Housing an examiner at the Myrtle Beach Primary Care Clinic and one at the Savannah Clinic will be a great benefit for the Veterans living in those areas,” said Nash. Adding “It will provide a quicker turnaround time which means the Veteran should receive his/ her benefits that they so deserve faster.”
The new C&P clinic occupies a vacated Navy building leased as part of Charleston VAMC and Naval Health Clinic Charleston’s close partnership. Renovation and construction inside the C&P clinic was completed by the VAMC’s in-house construction crew saving time and money.