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Read about what's happening in our VA Tennessee Valley health care community.

In the spotlight at VA Tennessee Valley

After struggles with addiction, Veteran finds peace through TVHS program

Army Veteran Terry Tisdale is not the man he once used to be.

Army Veteran Terry Tisdale stands next to the fireplace in his in military uniform.

Social 'discoing' through COVID-19

“I feel 18 again.” That’s how Navy Veteran Charles Booker described his experience at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) social distancing disco party that took place on April 24, 2020.

Veteran at the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center CLC dances to disco music.

What does it mean to be antibiotics aware?

During cold and flu season, Veterans may be tempted to use previous antibiotics they were prescribed, but will antibiotics really help you feel better?

Photo of blue and white pills in a clear plastic bottle against a white-gray backdrop.

Great American Smokeout

The Great American Smokeout, November 18, is a national observance encouraging Veterans and other Americans to enjoy a life free from smoking.

Don't stop trying. VA can help you quit smoking.

Veteran's journey back to living life

After a week of trying to cope and self-medicate his post-traumatic stress disorder with substances, Army Veteran Michael “Todd” Sims returned to his Chattanooga home.

Army Veteran Michael

How robots are fighting COVID-19

Robots are taking over the fight against COVID-19.

TVHS began using four Xenex disinfecting robots in 2017 and was the second hospital in Tennessee to use them. Now, the health care system has a team of 10 germ-zapping robots.

Murfreesboro Veteran finds hope through VA program

It’s 7 a.m. on a workday. Marine Veteran Toby Toon sluggishly rolls himself out of bed and walks to the shower to rinse the late night off. He hopes his day will bring him joy instead of anger, but deep down he knows the answer.

Marine Veteran Toby Toon (second from left) recently graduated from the Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) at TVHS. Because of RRTP, Toon says he has rediscovered himself and life.

TVHS Geriatrics celebrates WWII centenarians

This year has proven to be a challenge for many Americans, but for two Veterans at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS), 2020 has a silver lining.

WWII Army Veteran Bennie Woolam sits next to his geriatrics health care team at the Nashville VA Medical Center.

Going the distance for Veterans

Eight years ago, Caroline Ward wanted to bring awareness to Veteran-related issues in a creative way.

Photo of a woman running outside on an empty road in the desert.

TVHS physician receives prestigious national award

When Dr. Daniel Birchmore learned he was the recipient of the Veterans Health Administration’s most prestigious award he thought, ‘Why me?’

Dr. Daniel Birchmore checks a Veteran's vitals during an appointment.