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Stephen Hudson from McDowell County, West Virginia, competes at the world's largest annual wheelchair sports competition - The 32nd Annual Wheelchair Games. Hudson bought home a Gold medal in weightlifting. He lost both of his legs due to blood clots, but is working hard toovercome the challenges of his disability.
Don't take your organs to heaven. Heaven knows we need them here. - Organ and tissue donor bumper sticker
Every third Monday at the Beckley VA Medical Center, a local support group for organ transplant recipients and their families meet to discuss topics from lifelong antirejection medications and their side effects to the spiritual and social issues of organ donation and receipt.
Caregivers are family members and loved ones who provide care for Veterans living with the effects of war, disability, chronic illness, or aging. They deserve VA’s highest level of support. Caregivers are the critical link to ensuring Veterans have the highest quality care and optimal wellness. VA values the sacrifices caregivers make to help Veterans remain at home and Beckley VA Medical Center wants our caregivers to know that we are here to support them with resources, tools, answers, and a listening ear. Last month during National Family Caregiver Month Beckley VA Medical Center treated caregivers to a spa day and a special luncheon.
Ever wonder who makes sure that you get the right medication? During National Pharmacy Week, the Beckley VAMC pharmacy staff provides patients with an opportunity to learn and ask questions about common Over-the-Counter cough and cold medications. Students from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy will aid Veterans in making proper over-the-counter choices.
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.