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Veteran finds healing with help of horses

For Seyward McKinney, joining the Army was a calling - something she realized she needed to do from the moment she took a school trip to New York City.

Army Veteran Seyward McKinney with a horse from the Healing Strides stables in Virginia.

Veteran finds healing with help of horses

For Seyward McKinney, joining the Army was a calling - something she realized she needed to do from the moment she took a school trip to New York City.

Army Veteran Seyward McKinney with a horse from the Healing Strides stables in Virginia.

Salem VAMC puts auto floor scrubbers to use

In July the service received the first of three Tennant T380 AMR Autonomous floor scrubbing machines.

Jorge Markin, Third Shift Team Lead, sets the map option for a T380 AMR Autonomous floor scrubbing machine in Bldg. 74

Knights of Columbus donate 90 wheelchairs to Salem VAMC

Ninety wheelchairs were donated to the Salem VA Medical Center August 15 by representatives from the Salem Council 10015 Knights of Columbus.

Retired Marine David Wyble, Grand Knight of the Salem Council 10015 of the Knights of Columbus, presents 90 wheelchairs to the Salem VA Medical Center August 15.

Father, Son work together to serve Veterans

Two doctors in the Salem VA Healthcare System began their journeys into medicine from very different starting points, but each believe their day is made all the better for being able to spend it with family.

Drs. Gerard and Placido DeGuzman in front of the Salem VA Medical Center, Virginia

Women's Health Clinic named for local female Veteran

On June 6 the Salem Women’s Health Clinic officially became the MSG Silverine Vinyard James Women’s Health Clinic, with the woman for whom it was named in attendance.

Silverine Vinyard James

Music therapy programs helps Korean War Veteran cope with PTSD

During the Korean War Marvin Daniel was a rifleman in the Army. Now, with the war 70 years in the past, the man who earned two Bronze Stars still deals with the mental and emotional fallout of his service – partially through hitting things with sticks.

Korean War Veteran Marvin Daniel

VA doctor publishes research highlighting diabetic wound care

A paper published in the journal, Advances in Wound Care in October, highlights an ongoing study into diabetic wound care championed by VA providers such as Dr. Aliza Lee, at the Salem VA Health Care System in Virginia, working with Dr. Matthew Garoufalis from the Jessie Brown VAMC in Chicago, Ill.

A plastic sleeve placed over the wound area, maintains a constant application of oxygen, and early studies show a markedly improved healthcare outcome using the procedure

Roanoke Elks Lodge donates $2,000 to Homeless Veteran Stand Down

More than three dozen homeless Veterans made their way to the Salem Civic Center Nov. 9 to take part in Stand Down for Homeless Veterans, a program run through the combined efforts of the Salem VA Health Care System, Department of Labor, Total Action for Progress, and the Virginia Employment Commission.

Members of the Elk's Lodge 197 and the Salem VA Health Care System, stand near items purchased with the Elks' donation.

VA Police Officer resuscitates car crash victim three times

An off-duty VA police officer was in the right place at the right time Oct. 23, and used his training to save the life of an elderly motorist.

VA Police Officer Clinton Wimer