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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

AMD/LV: Early detection, Risk reduction and Intervention

COLUMBIA, South Carolina -- Age-related Macular Degeneration/Low Vision Awareness Month is observed annually throughout February. It’s an awareness month targeted at spreading more information about AMD and diseases affecting the eyes that could lead to visual impairment.

chief of ophthalmology at CVAHCS.

The VA encourages Veterans to be proactive in preventing cancer

COLUMBIA, South Carolina -- National Cancer Prevention Month is observed in the United States every February. Its primary goal is to raise awareness about cancer prevention and encourage individuals to take proactive steps to reduce their risk of developing cancer.

cancer prevention

Secretary Denis McDonough Visits Greenville CBOC and Clemson University

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Denis McDonough, traveled to Greenville, South Carolina, Feb. 15, visiting the Greenville Vet Center, the Greenville Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, and Clemson University.

Denis McDonough takes a selfie with staff of the Columbia VAHCS’ Greenville Community-Based Outpatient Center.

Veteran Art Show highlights local Veterans

SUMTER, South Carolina – (December 15, 2023) The Columbia VA Health Care System (CVAHCS) collaborated with the Sumter County Gallery of Art to present a special art exhibit, showcasing the talents of local Veteran artists at its newly opened Sumter Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC).

art show

Veterans honoring Veterans

CAMDEN, South Carolina – (December 16, 2023) Approximately 175 volunteers came together to honor Veterans during the National Wreaths Across America Day ceremony at Quaker Cemetery here, including local Veteran groups and employees of the Columbia VA Health Care System.

The graves of 12 Continental Soldiers from the Battle of Camden in 1780 were recently located and moved to Quaker Cemetery.