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National Volunteer Week: Dr. Charles "Chuck" Emerson

April 17 - 23 is National Volunteer Week. We are happy to have Charles “Chuck” Emerson, M.D as a Volunteer Ambassador.

Charles

Veteran nominates nurse for international award for 'special' care

Megan Pichette, a registered nurse at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, was recently honored with The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The award recognizes the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

Megan holds her award in front of a yellow and green backdrop

Luck of the TVHS leprechaun

For Patrick Fitzsimons, St. Patrick's Day isn't a day for him to simply wear green. It's chance for him to suit up in his black kilt, green-checkered suspenders, and scruffy red beard.

Chaplain Fitzsimon dressed as a leprechaun for St. Patrick's Day

Veteran shares 'miracle' after help from VA program

If you asked former Air Force Officer Rebecca Erwin how she feels today, she’d tell you she feels at peace and full of joy. After serving her country for 17 years, she now spends most of her time in the Nashville area hiking, exploring, and volunteering with local organizations.

Photo of U.S. Air Force Officer Rebecca Erwin smiling in her Air Force Academy uniform with the American flag in the background. Erwin is a white female with shirt, blonde hair

Change up your diet and eating habits

March is National Nutrition Month, and the TVHS Nutrition and Food Services team has some tips to help spice up your plate.

Colorful fruits and veggies such as broccoli, spinach, Granny Smith apples, blueberries, ruby red grapefruit and more displayed neatly on a table.

TVHS staff earn national recognition for critical research

Members of the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Social Work Services team recently had a research article published in The Journal of Social Work in Public Health, a peer-reviewed national journal.

Photo depicts a pile of hardcover books with the pages open.

FEMA assistance available for Veterans impacted by December tornadoes

Veterans who were impacted by the December 10 and 11 tornadoes in Kentucky and Tennessee may be eligible to receive assistance from FEMA.

Aftermath of the Dec. 10 and 11 tornadoes that went through southern Kentucky and northern Tennessee

Tennessee pageant contestants deliver thousands of dollars in Veteran donations

Pageant contestants from the Tennessee State Fair Association donated more than 11,000 goods last month to VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) for Veterans in need.

Pageant contestants from the Tennessee State Fair Association donated goods to VA TVHS.

Chattanooga Veteran and volunteer earns award from governor

Ben Conner, Army Veteran and Tennessee Valley Healthcare System volunteer, was selected as a recipient for the Governor's Volunteer Star Award from Hamilton County Friday, Jan. 28 for his dedication to serving and volunteering at the Chattanooga VA Clinic.

Chattanooga VA Clinic

Veteran shares his secret to good health

At the age of 72, Michael Miller continues to climb roofs, crawl under houses, and inspect dozens of homes.

USAF Veteran Michael Miller with his wife inside a restaurant