Health

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Empowering women, cultivating health

VA News – Women’s Health Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity for women Veterans to consider making informed nutrition and lifestyle choices to prevent high-risk conditions and improve their overall health. It’s important to speak up for yourself and be your own advocate when dealing with health issues. VA facilities across the country offer specialized programs that support women’s health, with many VA facilities also having lifestyle education classes. If you’re

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Veteran Buddy Check!

Veteran Check In – Peer networks provide veterans support through empowering social connectedness, purpose-driven living, and overall health & well-being. Connect with a Veteran Wellness Alliance peer network in your community today! Do you find yourself having trouble focusing, concentrating, or remembering things? Are you struggling with sleep, headaches, loss of energy or appetite, or substance abuse? Have you experienced a disruptive life event such as a break-up or divorce, the death of

low vision month

Empowering Veterans with Low Vision and Blindness

DigitalVA – More than one million Veterans navigate the world with low vision or blindness, and the VA actively seeks and implements cutting-edge assistive technology to help Veterans with low vision and blindness reclaim their independence and thrive. Remarkable advancements have reshaped the accessibility landscape and VA apps are evolving to offer intuitive audio interfaces. These improvements paint a picture of a future where technology serves as a bridge, not a

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Manage your VA care while traveling

VA News – Travel planning can feel overwhelming, especially if you have complex health needs. Whether you’re traveling in-state or out of the country, My HealtheVet, VA’s online patient portal, makes it easy to manage your health care. VA highly recommends that you notify your health care team four to six weeks before travel, particularly if you need medication refills or regular medical appointments.

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VA encourages Veterans to get a colonoscopy

VA News – Colorectal cancer is one of the leading cancer killers, and it often has no symptoms. That is why getting screened regularly for colorectal cancer is so important, because it really prevents and decreases mortality. Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, president of the American Medical Association and a Navy Veteran, just turned 45 and did what we should all do at that age: Get a colonoscopy. “I don’t know if looking

Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC)

VET TEC pilot program concludes this April

VA News – VA’s Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC), an innovative program to pair Veterans and transitioning service members with high-technology programs, is coming to an end this April. Over the five-year program, more than 14,000 VET TEC beneficiaries completed this pilot program which provided opportunities for Veterans to obtain the technology skills sought by today’s top employers, with an average starting annual salary of $65,000. Individuals with questions

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The six pillars of lifestyle and performance

Military Health System – The six pillars of lifestyle and performance medicine provide a framework that can be personalized to individual health challenges, and these best practices continue to spread throughout care in the Military Health System. The practice of lifestyle and performance medicine offers ways to be healthier by enhancing a multitude of areas of your life through six key pillars, helping you live longer with fewer chronic diseases, feel

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Tribal leaders discuss care for Native American Veterans

VA News – Made up of 15 members from different Tribal Nations across the U.S., VA’s Tribal and Indian Affairs Advisory Committee (TAC) met to discuss a wide range of topics about issues critical to the American Indian/Alaska Native Veteran populations. Committee members advocates for the needs of American Native Veterans and are the voice to ensure American Native Veterans are being represented and their VA health care needs are heard

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VA resources to improve your sleep

VA News – Although many Veterans deal with the consequences of poor sleep every day, there are solutions to sleep issues and through VA, Veterans can access virtual sleep resources. Here are four resources you can use today to improve your sleep quality: Path to Better Sleep course provides free training to better understand and manage your sleep. Insomnia Coach and CBT-i Coach apps offer training based on cognitive behavioral therapy. Annie for Veterans

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Helping Veterans Tackle Anxiety

Make the Connection – Some Veterans develop anxiety from service-related trauma, while others experience it during stressful life events, such as transitioning from the military. There are tools and resources to help Veterans manage their anxiety. Learn more about what you can do if you are experiencing specific concerns related to anxiety disorders, such as feeling on edge, social withdrawal and isolation, trouble sleeping, relationship problems, preparing for deployment, and posttraumatic