• Marine Veteran performs research on fatigue in people with neurological conditions

    I wanted to join the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to challenge myself in ways I had never been challenged before. I also wanted to gain valuable skills that I could use in a future career. The USMC provided me with ample opportunities to grow personally and professionally. I would not be as successful as I am today without being a Marine.

  • Free produce for Veterans at Charleston VA

    Beautiful variety of peaches, apples, green peppers, potatoes, corn and squash from Foodbank were distributed to 181 Veterans with 280 boxes totaling more than 5,600 pounds of produce.

  • Summer youth volunteers go virtual to help Veterans

    Youth volunteers will be “Bridging the Digital Divide” at Charleston VA Medical Center. They will help Veterans with virtual appointments and other technology that not all Veterans are familiar with.

  • 2020 National VA Research Week: `Empowering Veterans Through Research’

    This year, National VA Research Week, May 11–15, focuses on "Empowering Veterans Through Research." Since 1925, VA researchers have been discovering new ways to treat disease and improve Veterans' health. VA has a proud history of conducting high-quality clinical trials that benefit the nation. That mission is especially relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Inspiring portrait memorial of Marine who gave his life

    The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC, is named after a 19-year-old Marine who gave his life in Vietnam to save his fellow servicemembers. A new portrait honors his memory.

  • Charleston VA angel tree makes holidays merrier for low-income families

    More than $6,500 worth of gifts were collected during this year’s campaign at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, ensuring every child had a gift to open this holiday season.

  • Veterans, family members encouraged to use caution when viewing solar eclipse

    The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through approved eclipse glasses that include special-purpose filters.

  • Parkinson’s patient finds relief from pain through exercise

    This Army Veteran was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2009 and the effects of the disease left him with hip pain. Initially, he sought relief from anti-inflammatory drugs, rest and physical therapy—but nothing was working until he started exercising.

  • Two Veterans share their weight loss efforts with the the help of VA’s MOVE! weight management program

    The program is designed for Veterans who are currently overweight or obese, with a BMI of 25 or greater. The meetings are a time for nutrition and physical activity education along with a weekly weigh-in.

  • Breast cancer survivor joins Charleston VAMC’s cancer program

    When U.S. Army Veteran Jan Shriner was diagnosed with breast cancer two weeks before her 40th birthday, she couldn’t have foreseen that 12 years later she would be working at VA, helping fellow Veterans as a cancer program coordinator.

  • VA’s Visual Impairment Service Teams help turn darkness of sight loss into brighter future

    The loss of sight is traumatic, but VA's Visual Impairment Service Teams can help turn that darkness into brighter future

  • 77-year-old Veteran who smoked for 55 years quits

    A smoker for 55 years, John Crawford didn’t start feeling the effects of the habit until age 77-- about six months ago. With an increase in shortness of breath and a nagging cough, Crawford remembered his primary care physician telling him about a smoking cessation class at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, S.C.

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