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Read about what's happening in our Columbia VA Health Care System community.

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – (May 21, 2024) In 1972, at the urging of the Arthritis Foundation, Congress and President Richard M. Nixon designated May as National Arthritis Month — a special time to emphasize research, service and education around arthritis, and to raise funds to support the cause.

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VA police officer’s personal tragedy leads to successful law enforcement career

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – Life events, both positive and negative, can sometimes affect the path a person follows. One such event led a U.S. Air Force communications noncommissioned officer to become a VA police officer.

Jefferson receives his diploma

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

COLUMBIA, South Carolina -- Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an annual campaign observed in the United States during the month of April to raise public awareness about sexual assault, educate communities on prevention strategies, and support survivors.

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Columbia VAHCS recognizes Occupational Therapists

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Every April, the VA, along with the U.S. medical community, celebrates Occupational Therapy Month, recognizing the impact the more than 213,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students who work to improve the lives of their clients and families.

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Honoring Vietnam Vets on National Vietnam War Veterans Day

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – (March 29, 2024) National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed annually on March 29 in the United States. It is a national observance that recognizes Veterans who served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day is is observed on March 29.

Columbia Fisher House: One Year of Supporting Heroes

In the heart of South Carolina, amidst the 97-acre campus of the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center (VAMC) stands a beacon of hope and respite for those who have served our nation.

The Columbia Fisher House provides temporary lodging in a comfortable and relaxed setting, only a few blocks away from the medical facility.

Women Veterans now serving with VSOs

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – (March 15, 2024) March is Women's History Month, a time to celebrate and honor the remarkable contributions of women in the U.S. military. Throughout history, women have played pivotal roles in shaping the armed forces, breaking barriers, and championing gender equity.

Seals of various VSOs.

Columbia VA Health Care System's Women's Empowerment Group Offers Vital Support for Female Veterans

In an effort to provide a supportive environment for female Veterans, the Columbia VA Health Care System’s (VAHCS) Women Veteran Program Manager, Rose Hutson, manages the Women's Empowerment Group to empower women Veterans through camaraderie and mutual support.

Female Veteran does a yoga pose during a Women's Empowerment Group meeting at the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VAMC

CVAHCS’s Medical Surgery Inpatient unit named Top Huddle Board for VISN-7

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – The Medical Surgery Inpatient unit, 2 West, at the Columbia VA Health Care System was recently named as the winner of Top Huddle Board for all of Veterans Integrated Service Network-7, the VA’s Southeast Network.

Registered Nurse Savannah Huggins explains the 2 West Huddle Board process.

Like father, like son

COLUMBIA, S.C. –- There are plenty of examples of sons who have followed in their father’s footsteps. Henry Ford’s son, Edsel took over the Ford Motor Company, and Kirk Douglas, whose four sons were all involved in the television and movie industry. Even the Columbia VAHCS has gotten into the act.

Dr. Richard Gardner and son Benjamin