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Veterans at last year’s Charleston Stand Down were served hot bag breakfast and lunch.Upcoming Stand Down Events 2017
During the months of September and October, Stand Down Against Veteran Homelessness events are held in Savannah, Georgia, and in Myrtle Beach and Charleston, South Carolina. Learn more about these upcoming events.
World War II Army Veteran and POW survivor Jack Lillich recounts his time as a prisoner held captive by the Germans in 1945.Celebrating Jack Lillich—a World War II POW
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed Friday, Sept. 15, and is a sobering reminder that freedom truly isn’t free. Former Army Staff Sgt. John “Jack” E. Lillich can tell you about the price of freedom.
Dr. Mark De Santis presenting suicide statistics to law enforcement personnel.September is Suicide Prevention Month
September is Suicide Prevention Month. Veteran suicide is not only a tragedy—it’s an epidemic. VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin placed suicide prevention at the top of his list of priorities shortly after being appointed.
Charleston VA Chief of Safety and GEMS Program Manager hold the Practice Greenhealth Award in Environmental ExcellenceCharleston VA leader in environmental excellence
Charleston VAMC was recently named as one of the top 25 Environmental Excellence Award winners by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.
Veterans and their family members practice with their ISO-certified eclipse viewing glasses in advance of the solar eclipse.Caution encouraged to view solar eclipse
On Monday, residents of South Carolina will be treated to a rare celestial event – a total solar eclipse. The moon will pass between the sun and the Earth, resulting in almost total darkness.
Navy Veteran Christina Collins with her service dog Justice.Service dog leads Navy Veteran to independence
This week, Aug. 6 – 12, is recognized as International Assistance Dog Week—acknowledging all the hardworking paws that help men and women live beyond their disability-related limitations.
Hand holding PTSD signPTSD study to help future Veterans find balance
A new study by Charleston VA researchers explores the link between PTSD and immune function, and investigates ways targeting the immune system may lead to new treatment options for Veterans with PTSD.
Dermatologist examines patient's armDermatology services expanded at Beaufort Clinic
Dr. Paul Ross, the newest dermatologist at the Beaufort VA Community Outpatient Clinic, has helped make a significant impact by providing dermatology services to area Veterans since his arrival in October 2016.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Runner on the beachWith VA Adaptive Sports, life has become a joy
It's more than therapy. The Veterans Summer Sports Clinic offers many exciting recreational opportunities for Veterans accepting the challenge to strengthen their bodies and improve their self-worth.
HealtheVet New Home pageMy HealtheVet has a New Look - Check it Out!
The next generation of My HealtheVet is here, and we think you will like what you see! The new site was recently redesigned with new colors and a cleaner look. Check it out today!
Veteran and volunteer in golf kartNational Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament
The National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament, being held this week in Iowa City, Iowa, gives disabled Veterans an opportunity to learn new skills and strengthen their self-esteem.
Veteran Daniel Glanz shows off the new prosthetic hand, an iLimb QuantumVeteran Receives High-tech Prosthetic Hand
Afghanistan Veteran Daniel Glanz has a brand new prosthetic hand, an iLimb Quantum, with functions that are programmable with a smartphone app and can change functions with a simple gesture.
Veteran Alexandrea Gries and her service dog ShermanVeteran talks about suicide to help other Veterans
Combat Veteran Alexandrea Gries shares her experiences with Veterans to help them overcome their obstacles and issues. “VA is probably the single biggest reason why I'm still alive.”
Richard Weaver, Registered Cardiac Invasive Specialist and Dr. Izzat Shah, M.D. Helping Hands for Healthy Hearts for PA Veterans
At the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, the new cardiac catheterization suite offers state-of-the-art care for area Veterans close to home. Less travel and loved ones by their side.
Potted plants on displayVeteran Shares Green Thumb Hobby with Fellow Vets
An Iraq war Veteran tells his story of post-combat struggles and how Veterans Affairs health care professionals helped him commit to a better life and share his green thumb hobby.
Female soldier standing in front of American FlagVeteran Sexual Trauma Victims: You Are Not Alone
After Mary experienced Military Sexual Trauma, she was afraid to report it. She thought she was alone. She got help at VA and now wants to get the word out to other Veterans about MST coordinators.
Dr. Schutzer conducting researchVeterans Find Prostate Cancer Cure at McGuire
Veterans across America travel to McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond for treatment of moderate to aggressive forms of prostate cancer using “brachytherapy” a much better option for Veterans.
Doctor and patient shaking hands10 Things About The Veterans Choice Program
Here's all the information about the Veterans Choice Program. Find out if you are eligible to receive health care from a community provider. How is the 40-mile calculation determined? And other FAQs.

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