Health

veteran crisis

If it’s worth dying for, it’s worth living for.

Amid the many threats to our service members, post-traumatic stress, survivor’s guilt, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse are foes they must fight long after they hang up their uniforms. VA has a variety of mental health resources, information, treatment options, and more – all accessible to Veterans, Veterans’ supporters, and the general public. Remember that you live in a nation where we are willing to do what it takes so we

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VETS4Warriors provides 24/7 peer support

VThis time of year can feel heavy. Veterans in need of support may be coping with loss or trauma and may be recovering from an emotionally challenging holiday season. All of this can lead to stress, anxiety or worse – a crisis. In times like these, peer support is essential. That is why Vets4Warriors has Veterans on-call ready to provide an empathetic, respectful and nonjudgmental ear and solve challenges.

breathe in the moment

For 2023, set aspirations instead of resolutions

While resolutions often have a numeric endpoint, aspirations are open-ended and guide us toward ongoing growth. So for 2023, set aspirations instead of resolutions! Think of an aspiration that motivates you and write it down somewhere you’ll see it regularly. The best aspirations are ones that you can adjust, so even on a bad day you can aspire to something meaningful. learn more  

women veterans

The importance of mammograms and early detection

Early detection and treatment are key in the fight against breast cancer, a 99% survival rate if detected early, and VA leads the nation’s health care systems in providing mammograms to those who need them. For women ages 45 and older, VA recommends regular breast cancer screening. VA encourages women Veterans not currently using VA health care services to enroll and use the benefits they have earned. Call the Women Veterans

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VA Chaplain Service offers counseling and guidance

A vital part of VA Medical Centers, VA Chaplain Services address religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical concerns of patients and their families. People come to clergy and chaplains because they trust them. They also help Veterans and family members who have witnessed or experienced, or are at risk of, domestic violence and intimate partner violence. The VA Chaplain Service works alongside VA’s Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) to help Veterans

ending veteran homelessness

Ending Veteran Homelessness

Transitioning to civilian life can be difficult, especially for Veterans experiencing housing insecurity, and the VA is connecting Veterans to meaningful employment in an attempt to battle homelessness. VA can provide homeless Veterans with a wide range of services, but employers need to provide them with a chance. For our Veterans who have given us all the freedom to pursue our own dreams, extending an employment offer is perhaps the first step

women veterans

Women Veterans and chronic pain

Chronic pain is a lingering pain that interferes with women Veterans’ daily lives, and VA Women’s Health encourages women Veterans to talk to their provider to get back to doing the things they love. As many as 75% of women Veterans accessing VA care experience chronic pain and may experience more barriers to seeking care for chronic pain, including stigma, lack of social support, higher levels of responsibility for home and

women in the military

After Dobbs Decision, Department of Defense Provides Q&A Resource

When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, service members and families were left uncertain about their access to reproductive health care — including leave and travel, sexual assault, contraceptives and other types of related assistance. The Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness published a Q&A that includes answers to questions around reproductive health care access, representing part of the department’s efforts to take care