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Veteran Patty Farrell-Hersey represents South Carolina in the Parade of Veterans at hte National Veterans Golden Age Games opening ceremony.Charleston Veteran takes gold at Golden Age Games
Navy Veteran and Charleston VAMC patient Patricia Farrell-Hursey danced her way into her first appearance at a VA adaptive sports event – this year’s 31st National Veterans Golden Age Games held May 11–17 in Biloxi.
Jenna BaddeleyVA offers Couples and Family Therapy
Veterans can successfully deal with struggles they may face in relationships with their spouses and children through a patient-family centered approach in the Couples and Family Therapy Clinic at Charleston VAMC.
Marine Corps Veteran Paul Reed spends many of his days watching a bustling downtown Charleston from the new balcony installed at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Community Living Center.New balcony offers views for Patriot's Harbor Vets
A new balcony at Patriot's Harbor, the Charleston VA's community living center, provides Veterans with a convenience some of them haven't had for years—the freedom to simply venture outdoors.
Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center LGBT Special Emphasis Program Manager Susan Storm (left) and LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator Jenna Baddeley (right).Charleston VA offers specialized LGBT Veteran care
June is designated as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, a national awareness initiative to celebrate sexual diversity, advocating for equal rights for LGBT citizens and reducing social stigma.
Satellite Image of Hurricane Matthew off the South Carolina coast, October 8, 2016. Courtesy of season is upon us
Hurricane season began June 1 and lasts through November 30 each year. Help protect yourself and your family by getting prepared now for tropical storms and hurricanes that may come.
Transition Care Management Patient Representative Pat Elkins provides a Veteran with information about VA benefits at the 2016 Stand Down Against Homelessness event at the Community Resource and Referral Center in North Charleston, South Carolina.Outreach events help connect Veterans with VA
Reaching out to Veterans helps increase growth at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC. Charleston VA staff and volunteers devote time outside of work to participate in local events that introduce local Veterans to VA.
VFW Post 10624 Commander Bill King and Ron Herzog perform the Missing Man Table Ceremony.Memorial Day remembrance ceremony
Veterans, visitors and employees gathered together to recognize those who gave their lives in a Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony on May 26 in the Charleston VA main auditorium.
Dr. Sharon Castle working with a pharmacy resident in the Charleston VA pharmacy.Chief of Pharmacy receives prestigious award
Last month, Sharon Castle, chief of Pharmacy at Charleston VA Medical Center, received the Lewis W. Blackman Healthcare Executive Award from the South Carolina Hospital Association in Columbia, South Carolina.
A doctor places his hand on the shoulder of a patient at a doctor's appointment.Charleston VA Mental Health Service expands access
May is designated as Mental Health Month, a national awareness initiative aimed at reducing the stigma surrounding mental health care in an effort to encourage people to seek needed treatment.
Packet of Veteran stroke materialsMay is Stroke Awareness Month
Last year Charleston VAMC treated more than 150 stroke victims. Neurology, EMU, and Stroke Program Coordinator Elizabeth Aprile, RN, organizes Charleston VA's stroke awareness events for Veterans and employees.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Wheelchair basketball gameVeterans Compete in National Wheelchair Games
For Veterans with physical disabilities, the National Wheelchair Games help Veterans become aware of their abilities and potential. And there is a great spirit of healthy activity and camaraderie.
A member of the VA Central California Health Care System’s Hepatitis C Clinic approaches a      homeless person’s tent in Fresno, Calif. Getting homeless Veterans tested for Hepatitis C
Jennifer Siilata is a VA clinical pharmacist and she knows how dangerous the Hep C virus is if left untreated. She knows it is curable. Her goal? Find high-risk homeless Veterans and get them tested.
Golden Triangle Performance Ensemble entertains Pittsburgh Veterans after parade around campusPittsburgh Veterans Celebrate the Fourth of July
Independence Day parade at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center honors Veterans living in the Community Living Center. Third year for performers who call it the “highlight of their year.”
Illustration of back musclesVeterans with Back Pain Have Treatment Options
In a survey of more than 3,500 back pain sufferers, 80% said that yoga, tai chi, massage therapy or a chiropractor helped them. Those options can help as much as surgery or drugs, with fewer risks.
Doca Merdjanoska, surgical department nurse at the VA Central California HealthFresno VA Medical Center's Nurse of the Year
Meet Doca Merdjanoska from Macedonia, one of VA's top nurses. Our continuing series of outstanding VA employees features a surgical department nurse at the Fresno VA Medical Center.
Putting sunblock on your skinVeterans: Protect Your Skin and Your Hearing
Veterans: Do you know the difference in Ultraviolet B and Ultraviolet A sun's rays? And what is a safe decibel (dB) level of noise? Here are a few quick handy answers just in time for summer.
Portrait of the Graves family.A Veteran's Final Hours at a VA Hospital
Carol Graves, wife of Army Veteran C.A. Graves, said her 76-year-old husband received the utmost respect and kindness during the last few days of his life at the VA hospital in Shreveport, La.
People KayakingVA and Healing Powers of Nature Rescue Vet
When the transition to civilian life left an Air Force Veteran in a dark place,” he turned to VA and nature for help. “There is so much healing that goes on when you are alone surrounded by nature.”
Male Veteran standing beside a horse.Veterans Conquer Depression with Equine Therapy
For some Veterans coping with depression, post-traumatic stress and even physical pain, spending some quality time with a horse (also known as equine therapy) might just be the perfect remedy.
Postpartum Depression Affects One-in-Seven New MothersWomen Veterans: Help for Postpartum Depression
Pregnant Women Veterans have an increased likelihood of a mental health issue and a higher risk for postpartum depression. Learn the symptoms and treatment options from VA's Women's Health Services.

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