Monthly Archives: May 2023

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Slow down! You’re eating too fast!

For many Veterans, eating fast began with basic training and consistently eating fast can have lasting effects on your overall health and well-being. Some of the short term effects include excessive bloating, elevated blood pressure, increased blood sugar levels and decreased nutrients to the body. Long-term effects include increased chances for obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and gastritis. Modifying how you eat and slowing down when eating can prove challenging for those

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Targeted Care Pilot Aims to Match Demand for Mental Health Care

The Defense Health Agency ‘Targeted Care Pilot’ aims to alleviate the strained mental health system by matching service members to the care they need, wherever they are on a spectrum of mental health issues. The program intends to connect service members with non-clinical and clinical resources, depending on their mental health experience. Targeted care improves the integration and synchronization of all mental health counseling or prevention resources available to address a

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Support for Veterans with kidney disease

Often labeled a “silent killer” due to its lack of physical symptoms in the early stages, Veterans with kidney disease can live healthier lives through identification and referral for appropriate treatment. In 2020, VA’s National Center for Healthcare Advancement and Partnerships (HAP) and the American Kidney Fund (AKF) partnered to address the rising rates of kidney disease within the Veteran community. learn more  

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Accessing Veterans’ records from the National Archives

Are you looking for your service records, or those of a family member? The National Archives in St. Louis, MO, is the official repository of millions of records for all military personnel and service branches who served during the late 19th and 20th century.

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Honor Our Fallen on Memorial Day

Alongside other families of the fallen, veterans, and people who simply have a calling to serve, you can spend Memorial Day weekend placing commemorative tokens at the resting places of fallen heroes, and pausing to honor their service and sacrifice. Volunteers will place hand-crafted Flags of Valor commemorative tokens at the resting places of fallen heroes and pause to reflect on their service and sacrifice at Arlington National Cemetery as


U.S. Army PaYS Program now available to all Soldiers

The U.S. Army Partnership for Your Success Program (PaYS) is now available to all Soldiers, with every recruit automatically assigned a PaYS code upon enlistment, providing all transitioning Soldiers assistance in job selection. This process will also be retroactive so that all Soldiers currently serving are eligible for PaYS, regardless of whether they received PaYS when they initially joined. For more information about PaYS, visit learn more

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A Healthy Mind is a Healthy Body

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and together, we can fight stigma, provide support, and advocate for policies that support the millions of people in the U.S. affected by mental illness. No matter what, you are inherently worthy of more than enough life, love and healing. Showing up, just as you are, for yourself and the people around you is more than enough. learn more  

Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels

Army Reserve birthday at the ballpark

Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, Chief of the Army Reserve, recently administered the oath of enlistment to 14 future Soldiers, presented a $200,000 Minuteman Scholarship, and threw out the opening pitch for the Tampa Bay Rays. “I’m here for two reasons today, one was to enlist 14 future Soldiers into our great Nation’s Army, and the other is to celebrate 115 years of Army Reserve.” learn more  

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The risks of too much alcohol

Alcohol is toxic to the body, contains liquid calories that add up quickly, and it takes a toll on our organs to process it, slowing down or temporarily halting other essential metabolic functions Available research does not show any definitive health benefit of moderate drinking, but excessive alcohol intake poses many short- and long-term health risks. If you are struggling with overuse of alcohol, VA is here to help. Contact your