Monthly Archives: December 2023

reducing injuries

Are you injury prone?

Injuries are rarely completely unavoidable accidents and you can prevent injuries by understanding the various types of injuries and knowing which ones pose a risk to you. Some injuries are easily recognized, like broken bones, cuts, bruises and concussions – but did you know that pain, pulled muscles, stress fractures, sunburn, animal bites, poisonings and electric shocks are all also injuries? learn more  

traveling

VA is with you when you travel or relocate

If you plan on traveling or relocating this year, Veterans enrolled in VA health care receive the same standard of care while traveling as they would at home. It’s as simple as coordinating with your VA health care team to ensure you have a plan before you leave. Discussing current prescriptions and the plan for getting refills is also essential when talking with your health care team before travel. Need

wreath laying

More than 3 million volunteers to take part in National Wreaths Across America Day

Wreaths Across America anticipates that more than 3 million volunteers will participate in National Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, Dec. 16, at more than 4,200 participating locations across the country. The event provides a wonderful opportunity for communities to gather during the busiest time of year to pause and say thank you to all who have served and sacrificed for our freedom. With each balsam wreath placed, the volunteer will

angels of the battlefield

Honoring Medical Personnel Who Went Above Call of Duty

Six medical professionals from across the armed services recently earned honors as Angels of the Battlefield, a title bestowed upon them by the Armed Services-YMCA in honor of military medical personnel and first responders for their life-saving medical treatment and trauma care of service members, partner forces, and civilians at home and abroad. The honorees represent the branches of the U.S. Armed Services and the Defense Health Agency and were selected

maciel hay

Sky Soldier makes history as first active-duty female Army sniper

U.S. Army Sgt. Maciel Hay, a cavalry scout with 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, recently made history as first active-duty female Army sniper. Hay points to her positive experience in the Army, underscored by the support she has received from leaders and peers throughout her training. Not only did she make it through basic training while qualifying as an expert with the M4 assault rifle, she quickly followed

suicide prevention

Suicide prevention: Staying in touch with friends and family

It’s easy to get caught up in everyday life and put yourself last, especially around the holidays. In fact, Veterans were trained to put others’ needs ahead of their own. Everyone faces struggles in life, and no one can get through them alone. To stay mentally and physically healthy, you can’t wait until everything piles up. You can’t wait for a crisis to happen. You have to reach out for support