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Huntington VA Medical Center


Local Features

Small rocks with namesHuntington VAMC Feature Stories
Thirty-nine stones lay scattered beneath the leafy branches of a young maple tree. Each stone bears the name of a loved one who was lost to suicide. Billy, Rita, Scott are among the names painted on the stones,
Rick Bohnke"I was too scared to be afraid"
When Rick Bohnke entered the Army Air Corps in 1945, he didn’t go the traditional route through boot camp. Bohnke was a senior in high school when he enlisted in what is now known as the U.S. Air Force.
National Wellness AwardHVAMC Selected for National Wellness Award
The Huntington VA Medical Center (VAMC) has been selected for a Bronze Award in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Workplace Wellness Award program for Fiscal Year 2017.
Riding to Raise AwarenessRiding to Raise Awareness
Suicide is a huge issue in our nation. Everyone agrees that we need to do something, but rarely does one have an opportunity to make a real difference in creating awareness about suicide prevention.
Edgar HernandezHispanic Heritage Month
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are pleased to honor one of our own here at the Huntington VA Medical Center. Edgar Hernandez proudly served in the U.S. Army from 2000 to 2008.
Pictured, Cheri with U.S. Army Veteran Blair Reels, Jr., as they ride the Jamestown – Scotland Ferry to Williamsburg, Va., at mile 73 of the Memorial Day Ride2Recovery.VAMC Social Worker on Ride2Recovery Experience
Cheri Dilego, a social worker in Home Based Primary Care Program, describes her participation in the Memorial Day Ride2 Recovery as a life changing experience as they biked from Washington, DC to Virginia Beach, Va.
Civil War Veteran William Harrison Searls, Sr. HonoredCivil War Veteran is Honored
Civil War veteran William Harrison Searls, Sr. slept in an unmarked grave for almost 100 years, unrecognized for his service among the Union forces during the War Between the States.
Drema Bratton, VA Nurse of the YearBratton Named VA Nurse of the Year
Drema Bratton, RN, of Flatwoods, Ky., began her VA nursing career 37 years ago at the Huntington VA Medical Center (VAMC). On May 12, she was presented with the VAMC’s Nurse of the Year award.
Army Veteran George Jackson in his cycling gear.Winfield Amputee Stays Active through Hand Cycling
Veteran George Jackson, of Winfield, has been working hard to prepare for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games coming up in June in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the past he has brought home both silver and gold medals.
50th Commemoration of Vietnam Seal50th Commemoration of Vietnam
Judy Eaton, DJ from WTCR Radio, will emcee the 50th Commemoration program for our Vietnam Veterans on Tuesday, March 29, beginning at noon in the Recreation Hall. We are planning a USO type of variety program.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Medical Technologist Dionne Hockett operates the new BioFire Blood Culture Identification system New Blood Culture ID System Improves Care for Vets
VA's Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has a new system that lets doctors find harmful microorganisms in blood samples in just a few hours vs. three days with the old method.
National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.

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