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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

 

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Six Charleston VA volunteersNational Volunteer Week at Charleston VAMC
This week is National Volunteer Week. Last year, approximately 1,100 people volunteered more than 86,000 hours at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and its outlying clinics.
hearing aid and audiology equipmentExpanded audiology hours at Charleston VA
Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent service-connected disabilities among Veterans. Charleston VA has made a concerted effort to increase the number of audiology clinic hours offered to Veterans.
Army Veteran Gary Pauley lifts weight at the Anderson-Cohen Weightlifting Center in Savannah, Georgia.Parkinson’s patient finds relief through exercise
April is designated as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month—a time set aside each year to educate Veterans and the public about this disease. Parkinson’s is one of the most common neurologic disorders.
Alexander Aiken in stands in the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC paint shop.Painting the straight and narrow path
U.S. Army Veteran Alexander Aiken works as a painter at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Aiken has been sober for seven years and credits the Charleston VA for helping him change his life.
Navy Veteran and college student Cynthia Henderson meets with VITAL Program Coordinator D. Charles West in the Veteran Student Lounge at Charleston Southern UniversityVITAL program connects college Veterans with VA
Charleston VAMC has a full-time Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) program coordinator to assist student Veterans with accessing VA resources designed to help them succeed in a collegiate setting.
Charleston VA Social Worker Pat Ramey educates a fellow employee on some of the long-term care options available for Veteran patients at Charleston VAMC.Social workers stand up for Veterans
March is Social Work Month and is celebrated by the more than 600,000 professional social workers across the country. VA social workers have been standing up for veterans and their caregivers and families since 1926.
U.S. Navy Veteran Freddie Young and Caregiver Rose Doctor blow out the candles on Young’s cake at his 94th birthday celebration.Medical Foster Home Vet celebrates 94th birthday
Medical Foster Home (MFH) Caregiver Rose Doctor arranged a surprise 94th birthday party to honor U.S. Navy Veteran Freddie Young at the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church fellowship hall in late January.
Neurology, EMU, and Stroke Program Coordinator Elizabeth Aprile, RN, is pictured in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.Neurology section debuts Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
New technology at Charleston VAMC enables its neurology team to “seize the moment” by helping Veterans who suffer from debilitating seizures. The VAMC activated its first Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) last September.
Chaplain John Painter and Air Force Veteran Bernard SmithOvercoming moral injury
As a young airman, Bernard Smith was used to working on the flight line, helping prepare aircraft for flight into the Vietnam jungle. That is until the day an officer in Saigon ordered him to assist the mortician.
Veteran Razzi Odom checks the scale while Becci Luhrs, MOVE! program coordinator, notes his progress towards his goal of dropping 31 pounds.MOVE!-ing into 2017 with a drive to lose weight
Now that it’s been more than a month since those New Year’s resolutions were made to get fit, are you looking for a little motivation to keep you on track? Meet Razzi Odom and Curtis Moody.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Dave Miller assists homeless VeteransMarine Veteran is VA's Male Volunteer of the Year
Marine Corps Veteran David Miller has been volunteering at VA for over 25 years and has been named the 2017 National Male Volunteer of the Year. Miller served in Vietnam during the TET II offensive.
An elderly male Veteran in a wheelchair, entering a van.VA Helps Vietnam Veteran Get His Life Back
Dale Herb's life came to a grinding halt about a year ago when he lost the use of his legs and couldn't leave his home. Today, thanks to a little help from the VA, he's completely mobile again.
FC Vincent Savarino, bottom right corner, with members of the 8th Field Artillery, Battery A on a beach in Oahu, Hawaii in 1935Veteran Volunteer to Celebrate 100th Birthday
Woodrow Wilson was President when Veteran Volunteer Vincent Savarino was born. This month he will celebrate birthday number 100 during National Volunteer Week at the Wilkes-Barre VA medical center.
Male patient resting in bed following surgeryWith VA's Help, Waco Veteran Gets a Second Chance
Thirty-year-old Stephen Jacinto survived two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. It was only after he returned home to Waco, Texas, that the Air Force Veteran discovered his own mortality.
Veteran Brandon Myers removes his shoes from a wheelchair he used to harness an exoskeleton walking deviceRobotic Brace for Veterans of Spinal Cord Injury
It's called an Exoskeleton and it uses motion sensors and a computer control system to allow Veterans with spinal cord injuries to stand and take steps, with a little help.
A male wearing a BDU jacket speaking with a male counselor.Can Spiritual Therapy Ease Your PTSD Symptoms?
A researcher associated with the Augusta VA in Georgia is conducting a survey to see if Veterans coping with PTSD might be interested in having spirituality introduced into their therapy.
Surgeons looking at x-rays of patientImportant Office that Most People Have Never Heard
VA's National Center for Patient Safety is dedicated to preventing inadvertent harm or injury to Veteran patients. It's the engine under the hood that keeps things running smoothly and safely.
Fruit and Vegetable bowl Ten Ways to Eat Wisely - A Focus on Nutrition
VA encourages Veterans to focus on healthful eating. You don't need to change the way you eat overnight. Take your time, make small smart changes in your diet and you'll feel better and be healthier.
VAMC Director Isaacks visits with Veteran patientMarine Continues to Serve by Serving Veterans
David Isaacks served in the Marine Corps from 1998 to 2005. Today he continues to serve his country by serving Veterans as director of the Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Mo.
Lead Yoga Therapist Nancy Schalk.Can Yoga Ease Your PTSD? VA Wants to Find Out
A clinical research psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indiana is exploring the effects Yoga might have on Veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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