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John J. Pershing VA Medical Center

Local Features

Eichler in the Army, circa 1950“The best thing that’s ever happened to me"
Harry Eichler celebrated his 89th birthday in early March, but he still has plenty of memories that turn into stories for the interested listener.
Town Hall FlyerVA to Host Town Hall Meeting in Poplar Bluff
The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center announced a town hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 14, at the Elks Lodge north of Poplar Bluff; located at 2452, US Highway 67.
MOVE LogoMOVE! Makes a Difference
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and through awareness campaigns and health education efforts, word is spreading that diabetes is the leading cause of adult blindness, kidney failure.
Gerald RogersOne Veteran Making a Difference
Sikeston resident, Gerald Rogers, is a kindly man, with an easy smile and a good sense of humor. Originally from Morehouse, Missouri, Rogers enlisted in the Army in 1961, five days after turning seventeen.
Kenneth Cline is a John J. Pershing VA Medical Center Wall of Valor HonoreeVeteran Uses VIST Services to Overcome Challenges
Sergeant First Class Kenneth James Cline is a bona fide hero. The kind we wave American flags for and parents point out to their children during parades.
Mr. and Mrs. KennedyA Veterans Day Story
It isn't every day you meet a couple like Kathy and Ardell Kennedy; two World War II-era Veterans who are spending forever together after meeting in a Navy chow line.
Know Your VANew Patient Orientation at the Poplar Bluff VAMC
On the second Tuesday of every month, Veterans and their friends /family may attend a new patient orientation class to help them learn more about the benefits and services offered through this facility.
Answers to any questions about VA Healthcare.FAQs about the Veterans Choice Program
Frequently Asked Questions about the Veterans Choice Program: If you are in doubt about your eligibility status please call the Choice Program Call Center at 866-606-8198 or use the questionnaire linked in this article.
Healthy Living LogoHealth Promotion and Disease Prevention
As we grow older, the importance of living healthy and making healthy choices is paramount to our quality of life. The focus of HPDP program is to promote the nine Healthy Living Messages.
ScaleManage Your Chronic Disease
Poplar Bluff VA Medical Center now offers Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Course. Learn how to manage arthritis, diabetes, lung diseases, heart diseases, depression and other conditions.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Wheelchair basketball gameVeterans Compete in National Wheelchair Games
For Veterans with physical disabilities, the National Wheelchair Games help Veterans become aware of their abilities and potential. And there is a great spirit of healthy activity and camaraderie.
A member of the VA Central California Health Care Systems Hepatitis C Clinic approaches a      homeless persons tent in Fresno, Calif. Getting homeless Veterans tested for Hepatitis C
Jennifer Siilata is a VA clinical pharmacist and she knows how dangerous the Hep C virus is if left untreated. She knows it is curable. Her goal? Find high-risk homeless Veterans and get them tested.
Golden Triangle Performance Ensemble entertains Pittsburgh Veterans after parade around campusPittsburgh Veterans Celebrate the Fourth of July
Independence Day parade at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center honors Veterans living in the Community Living Center. Third year for performers who call it the “highlight of their year.”
Illustration of back musclesVeterans with Back Pain Have Treatment Options
In a survey of more than 3,500 back pain sufferers, 80% said that yoga, tai chi, massage therapy or a chiropractor helped them. Those options can help as much as surgery or drugs, with fewer risks.
Doca Merdjanoska, surgical department nurse at the VA Central California HealthFresno VA Medical Center's Nurse of the Year
Meet Doca Merdjanoska from Macedonia, one of VA's top nurses. Our continuing series of outstanding VA employees features a surgical department nurse at the Fresno VA Medical Center.
Putting sunblock on your skinVeterans: Protect Your Skin and Your Hearing
Veterans: Do you know the difference in Ultraviolet B and Ultraviolet A sun's rays? And what is a safe decibel (dB) level of noise? Here are a few quick handy answers just in time for summer.
Portrait of the Graves family.A Veteran's Final Hours at a VA Hospital
Carol Graves, wife of Army Veteran C.A. Graves, said her 76-year-old husband received the utmost respect and kindness during the last few days of his life at the VA hospital in Shreveport, La.
People KayakingVA and Healing Powers of Nature Rescue Vet
When the transition to civilian life left an Air Force Veteran in a dark place, he turned to VA and nature for help. There is so much healing that goes on when you are alone surrounded by nature.
Male Veteran standing beside a horse.Veterans Conquer Depression with Equine Therapy
For some Veterans coping with depression, post-traumatic stress and even physical pain, spending some quality time with a horse (also known as equine therapy) might just be the perfect remedy.
Postpartum Depression Affects One-in-Seven New MothersWomen Veterans: Help for Postpartum Depression
Pregnant Women Veterans have an increased likelihood of a mental health issue and a higher risk for postpartum depression. Learn the symptoms and treatment options from VA's Women's Health Services.

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