Vet Centers – VA’s storefront centers staffed by combat Veterans who understand what it’s like to transition – helped these Veterans get connected to community resources, VA benefits and services, and find someone to listen to their experiences. Enrolling for VA health care is easier than ever before. Explore your eligibility today at www.choose.va.gov/health. learn more ‣
To celebrate National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, a long-standing VA tradition to show #gratitude to Veteran patients, the staff at Central Virginia VA is excited to unveil a large mural dedicated to Veterans. The mural, titled “The Journey of a Veteran,” is the work of two Richmond artists, Ed Trask and Jason Ford, highlighting five Veterans from the local community. learn more ‣
Launched in October 2021, the Invisible Wounds Initiative is working to remove barriers to care, enhance the care process, and provide an equitable and supportive environment for veterans living with invisible wounds. The campaign calls on each command team to act – to lead, support, and engage Airmen and Guardians living with invisible wounds. learn more ‣
For Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jason David, the problem of “combat stress” and the toll it takes on warfighters and their families continues to be an issue that the #military community struggles to fully understand. The physical and mental recovery of combat stress “takes a toll on yourself, your family, and your livelihood,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jason David, the chief enlisted manager for the Defense Media Activity.
Coming from a far more sedentary lifestyle compared to previous generations, today’s youth have a more difficult time making it through recruit training & successfully transitioning from civilian life into the military. A few weeks of deliberate fitness preparation before shipping out to boot camp or basic training can greatly increase an incoming recruit’s chances of success by avoiding the most common injuries that can delay or derail a recruit’s completion
Heart disease is still the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, lack of exercise, being overweight and family history. Mental health conditions, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and experiences of trauma are often the result of military service and can also affect your heart health. learn more ‣
January is the annual observance of National Blood Donor Month., with donations allowing the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) to continue providing lifesaving blood products to service members and their families in their times of need. National Blood Donor Month, established by a presidential proclamation in 1969, was created to address blood shortages during the winter season and to thank donors who supported the nation’s blood supply throughout the past year.
Spc. Benjamin Loomis and Spc. Jasper Good are two Utah National Guard Soldiers going to China as part of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Nordic Combined Team competing in Beijing in February. This will be both Loomis’ and Good’s second winter Olympic games, having previously competed in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Both athletes have been competing in the 2021-2022 FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Europe leading up to the announcement