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Hero’s Bridge Seeks a Better Quality of Life for Older Veterans

Of the 16.5 million Veterans in the country, 50% are seniors, and Hero’s Bridge is a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging our Veterans to a better quality of life through age-specific and innovative programs. Many of our esteemed senior Veterans scars run much deeper, finding life as a civilian challenging and maintaining healthy personal and professional relationships difficult. Hero’s Bridge services are available to our heroes wherever they call home,

A clear vision for the future of Veteran eye care

Having virtual eye care services can make adapting to losing vision due to age-related macular degeneration a little easier, and a virtual doctor for Veterans can provide gap coverage for facilities experiencing staffing shortages. Doctors using this platform can serve Veterans at multiple locations, essentially adding a virtual doctor for Veterans whose closest facility does not have an eye clinic. learn more  

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Mental Health Stigma Campaign Will Be New Hub of Hope

Protecting, optimizing, and defending the mental health of our military force is vital to its well-being and readiness. The Defense Health Agency’s Psychological Health Center of Excellenceo and the Defense Suicide Prevention Office have partnered to enhance and expand a public health awareness campaign in efforts to continue reducing stigma associated with seeking care for mental health. Soon, the award-winning Real Warriors Campaign will include additional emphasis on suicide

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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.


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  

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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