VA and the Heroes Foundation work to improve Veterans’ health and wellbeing, providing opportunities for economic stability, community Veteran engagement boards, employment and health literacy. Most importantly, it will raise employer awareness of the risk factors of suicide and VA suicide prevention tools for Veterans. This is vital. Research shows that lack of employment and low income can contribute to poor Veteran health outcomes. That includes suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.
Veterans are referred to participate in aquatic therapy for a variety of reasons that include chronic pain, obesity, metabolic pathologies, depression, PTSD and neurological disorders and conditions, as well as the need to improve their overall physical. Aquatic therapy programs provide Veterans with a unique experience that helps to improve their individual health related goals, extends benefits experienced through earlier phases of physical therapy and treatment, and provides education on strengthening,
The earlier a cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance treatment will be successful. VA recommends routine screenings for four cancers: lung, colon and rectal (colorectal), breast and cervical. Age and certain risk factors, such as a past or current history of smoking and family history, all determine when you qualify for a cancer screening. Delays in screenings mean delays in timely diagnoses. This is why it’s so important to get your
Since the first Gulf War ended in early 1991, military medicine and battlefield care has made enormous strides with the use of modern-day prosthetic limbs. Because of some of the lessons learned and the innovations that have taken place on the battlefield, whether they be in acute resuscitative care, or tourniquets, or rapid med-evac, the VA is taking care of service members who in previous conflicts would have died. The first step
Veterans Day 2021 will be extra special for 12 military members who will celebrate it as U.S. citizens for the first time. The service members were from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, hailing from 10 different countries. One of the new citizens said becoming a citizen and serving in the military is about giving back and setting a good example. “Becoming a citizen means so much to me
Military Working Dogs provide a critical force protection capability and are an important force multiplier for the combatant commander, and the Defense Health Agency’s Veterinary Service is at the forefront of the effort to develop and foster working dog knowledge sharing and research. Military working dogs have been a valuable part of the U.S. armed forces and have been officially recognized since WWII. In the past, these dogs could warn troops
VA surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Baker performed the first ever ‘awake’ carpal tunnel surgery at the Charlotte VA Health Care Center, a 10-15 minute procedure that can help a lot of Veterans. Baker, who will operate out of Charlotte one day per month, performed five cases on his opening day in Charlotte and anticipates doing ten each morning going forward. With more than a third of surgical referrals coming from the Charlotte
You just learned you’re going to be a mom. Congratulations – this is a happy and exciting milestone in your life. But you may also feel nervous about what comes next, and that’s okay. New mothers often have questions about their health care coverage & what they can do to promote a healthy pregnancy. TRICARE provides access to maternity care resources and services to help mothers and their babies get the