Monthly Archives: August 2022

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All Veterans need colorectal cancer screening

Each year, VA diagnoses 4,000 new cases of colorectal cancer in Veterans. Colorectal cancer screening can help detect cancer early. Talk to your primary care provider about getting screened today. Colorectal cancer doesn’t care about race, gender or economic status: If you are 45-75 years old, you need colorectal screening. This most commonly comes in the form of a colonoscopy every 10 years. learn more  

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Are you ready for hurricane season?

As we look to a forecasted ‘active’ tropical storm and hurricane 2022 season, continue to protect you and your family by staying informed with local forecasts, having a preparedness plan and follow guidance from local emergency management officials. Remember that you may need to adjust evacuation plans based on the latest health and safety guidelines. Stay informed. Build and test your preparedness plan and “go” kit. learn more  

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Helping Veterans with migraines and headaches

The mission for the VA Headache Center of Excellence (HCoE) team is to provide quality headache care to Veterans, including physical therapy, exercise, nutrition, Botox injections, medications and other advanced therapies. A Senate Appropriations Committee committee recognized that over 350,000 Veterans sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI) during the Global War on Terror. It also recognized that chronic migraine/post-traumatic headache is the signature symptom of TBI. learn more  

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MOVE! program plus Fitbits equals healthy Veterans

Supported by VA’s National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP), MOVE! is a weight management health program designed to improve the lives of Veterans through healthy eating behavior and increased physical activity. With the help of VA dietitians and the Fitbit, Veterans in the program can track their health and see where they are doing well and where improvements need to be made. learn more  

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A new, easier-to-remember Veterans Crisis Line number

Since 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) has supported millions of #Veterans and if you’re having thoughts of suicide or concerned about one, reach 24/7 crisis support through the new number: Dial 988, then Press 1. The change is a result of the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act. The law authorized 988 as the new three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline). Under the law, all telephone service providers


PTSD and Insomnia

Two of the 20 symptoms of PTSD are related to sleep difficulties, including nightmares, dreading going to sleep or avoiding sleeping in designated sleeping areas. The first step to finding a VA provider trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is to reach out to any health care provider and ask for a referral for insomnia treatment. If you are a Veteran who is experiencing a crisis or supporting a