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West recognized for heroic actions to save choking Veteran

“I did what needed to be done to help the guy as best as I could,” said Michael West after being presented with an ICARE Award of Excellence for his recent actions to save a patient from choking.

Michael West earns award

Divine Milestone: VA chaplains serve with doctoral distinction

POPLAR BLUFF, Missouri — The chaplains at the VA Poplar Bluff Health Care recently reached a milestone that puts them into rare, if not exclusive, company — both have earned their Doctorate of Divinity degrees.

Chaplains standing in VA chapel

New pain management clinic opens at John J. Pershing VA Medical Center

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — A much-needed health care service has become a reality at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff.

A physical therapist works with a patient.

The power of expression: Partnership brings Veterans together through art

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Ninety-year-old Fred Stier needed something to occupy his time and keep him busy, and what he found was much more than that through friendships, camaraderie, and learning new skills.

Veterans paint during an oil painting class

Stepping up: VA team delivers critical medications in tornado aftermath

GLEN ALLEN, Mo. — Going above and beyond for the Veteran patients in their care is routine for the team at the Cape Girardeau VA Health Care Center, but it was put to the test after a recent storm.

Veteran Jimmie Foster stands outside his home.

In for the long haul; volunteer still has drive to help fellow Veterans

WEST PLAINS, Mo. — “It really makes you feel good to help people, and I’ve always enjoyed driving,” says West Plains’ Larry Cochran, who’s been a volunteer driver for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), part of the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center’s Volunteer Transportation Network, for more than 20 years.

Larry Cochran stands inside the DAV office

‘It was better than Christmas’; Veteran reunited with wife after 4 months

MINER , Mo. — It had been more than 4 months since Army Veteran Terry Nelson had been able to hold his wife Trudy’s hand and tell her he loved her in person, but a little help from his caretakers at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center made his wish, and hers, a reality.

Veteran Terry Nelson holds his wife's hand.

Down and Dirty: VA staff dig deep to assist local Veteran

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Imagine being able to hear clearly for the first time in years, thanks to new, “life-changing” hearing aids. Now, imagine that joy gone in an instant.

With help from VA staff, Veteran Michael Glueck found his lost hearing aid.

Willard named Peer of the Year at John J. Pershing VA Medical Center

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – A Marine Corps Veteran with a heart for public service has been named the Peer of the Year at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center.

Peer award winner Lee Willard is pictured at a Veterans fishing event.

VA connecting with Veterans through yoga classes, whole health program

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – The Whole Health program at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff continues to grow, giving Veterans more options in their health care.

Recreation Therapist Caleb Campbell leads a Yoga class.