Joseph A. Boscarino, Alexandra Sitarik, Stuart C. Gordon, Loralee B. Rupp, David R. Nerenz, Vinutha Vijayadeva, Mark A. Schmidt, Emily Henkle, Mei Lu. Abstract. Research suggests that Vietnam era veterans have a higher prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) than other veterans and nonveterans. However, the reasons for this are unclear, since this research has been conducted among Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) patients and most veterans do not use the VA. The current study compares HCV risk factors between the Vietnam era veterans and nonveterans seen in 4 large non-VA systems to explain this disparity. A total of 4,636 HCV patients completed surveys in 2011-2012. Vietnam era veterans were defined as those who served in the military any time between 1964 and 1975. Bivariate tests followed by logistic regressions, and multivariable modeling were conducted to study risk factors among Vietnam era veterans and nonveterans. Since few veterans were female (~2 %), they were excluded. Among male ...
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the neuropsychological functioning of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) combat veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). More specifically, this study sought to examine whether the neuropsychological functioning of OEF/OIF combat veterans with PTSD and a comorbid mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) significantly differed from those with uncomplicated PTSD across multiple tests of cognitive functioning. To accomplish this objective, the medical records and neuropsychological assessment data of 59 OEF/OIF combat veterans with PTSD and 66 OEF/OIF combat veterans with PTSD and comorbid mild TBI were examined and included for statistical analysis. Results of this study yielded three main conclusions. First, neither group of OEF/OIF combat veterans demonstrated notable performance deficits across the battery of cognitive tests examined in this study. Second the neuropsychological functioning of OEF/OIF combat ...
County Veterans Service Officer (VSOs) are your local resource for dedicated and professional assistance in obtaining federal and state veterans benefits. They provide the expertise and advocacy that veterans need to optimize access to benefit programs. County VSOs handle inquiries and applications regarding veterans health care, compensation, pension, long-term care and other benefits for veterans of all ages. Burial benefit assistance is provided to the survivors of veterans. Widows and widowers of veterans are eligible for many state benefits, and in limited cases, federal benefits. County VSOs are there to assist them as well. Most of the programs veterans utilize are offered through the US Department of Veterans Affairs or the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. County VSOs are in contact with these agencies on a regular basis. They also work with the National Service Officers of various veterans organizations when filing VA benefit claims. County VSOs also interact with several
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It is the policy of the City of Tallahassee to give preference to eligible veterans and spouses of veterans in appointment to non-exempted vacant positions and retention in employment in accordance with Florida Statutes s.295.085. Download or print the Veterans Preference Information Sheet (48kb PDF) for more information on the Citys process.. NOTE: Effective July 1, 2007, changes to the Florida Statutes provide that an eligible person may claim Veterans Preference more than once. Visit the Florida Department of Veteran Affairs website for full information on Veterans Preference. IMPORTANT: In order to receive Veterans Preference, an applicant for a City position who is claiming Veterans Preference must attach/upload a DD214 and/or other applicable documentation of his/her veterans status at the time of application, and with each application submitted.. ...
April 16, 2014 - Recently, the Veteran community has been forced to fight back on a disturbing narrative: Veterans are dangerous, violent people that society should be wary of. It doesnt take much for some media outlets to push this agenda either. It seems all they need is one person, who happened to serve in the military at any time, to commit a heinous act, and the sensationalist headlines driving high ratings start pouring in.. Today, The Opinion Pages of the New York Times posted a story by Kathleen Belew that claims "the return of [Veterans] from combat appears to correlate more closely with Klan membership than any other historical factor," and linked the murder of three innocent people in Kansas by one man to a generation of Vietnam Veterans.. Even though she admits "the number of Vietnam [Veterans] in that movement was small" and "a vast majority of veterans are neither violent nor mentally ill" she continues disparaging Veterans in general. Ms. Belew interprets information from a ...
SEATTLE-August 25, 2009-Researchers working with Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have found that post-traumatic stress disorder, the current most common mental disorder among veterans returning from service in the Middle East, is associated with an increased risk for thoughts of suicide.. Results of the study indicated that veterans who screened positive for PTSD were four times more likely to report suicide-related thoughts relative to veterans without the disorder. The research, published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, establishes PTSD as a risk factor for thoughts of suicide in Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. This holds true, even after accounting for other psychiatric disorder diagnoses, such as substance abuse and depression. Veterans who screened positive for PTSD and two or more comorbid mental disorders were significantly more likely to experience thoughts of suicide relative to veterans with PTSD alone.. As many as forty-six percent of veterans in the study experienced ...
WASHINGTON, July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paralyzed Veterans of America Urges Movement on Veteran Healthcare Data System. As VA healthcare...
Several studies addressed cardiovascular risk and mortality in the general population, but data in veteran patients is lacking. This study was designed to investigate the association between echocardiographic left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and all-cause mortality in a male, high-risk group of veterans. Valid echocardiograms were evaluated in 10,406 male veterans, mean age 68.3 ± 13 years. Using the left ventricular mass/body surface area (LVM/BSA) method 6,575 (63.1%) patients had normal left LVMI and 3,831 (37.9%) had LVH, defined as LVMI ≥116 g/m2. Of those 1,371 (13.2%) had mild LVH, 1,025 (9.9%) moderate LVH, 605 (5.8%) severe, and 830 (8%) had extreme LVH. After a mean follow up of 5.9 ± 4.4 years, a total of 3,550 (34.1%) patients died. Cox proportional hazard analyses adjusted for co-morbidities revealed increased risk for individuals with mild LVH (hazard ratios [HR] 1.21; 95% confidence intervals [CI]: 1.09 to 1.33); moderate LVH (HR 1.37; 95% CI: 1.23 to 1.52); severe (HR = ...
This report describes the complex challenges faced by veterans and their families in seeking, navigating, and attaining adequate mental health care in Texas. There are 1.7 million veterans in Texas, comprising 8.6 percent of the adult population. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the number of veterans requiring mental health services has grown dramatically and will continue to increase, making veterans mental health care an urgent issue in Texas. The federal agencies responsible for military and veterans mental health care, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the VA, have created new programs and invested significant financial and staff resources. Despite barriers to addressing veterans mental health needs. Texas state agencies have increased funding and instituted new mental health programs supporting returning veterans. Nonprofit agencies focused on veterans mental health have multiplied across Texas and the U.S. over the past decade to fill gaps in care. While ...
About Paralyzed Veterans of America:\r\nParalyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans has ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.\r\n\r\nAs a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation, and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 74 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families, and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto ...
Those who have given the United States their best, deserve our very best," Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco said. "Our Veteran Center, a dedicated space for our veteran students and military family members and Battle Buddy Center, offer a quiet place for study and the opportunity to connect with those who share similar experiences. Our director of veteran enrollment is a retired Army colonel (Martin Dinan) and three-time combat veteran, who understands the challenges veterans face transitioning to civilian life. He has walked that path himself. We are proud to see that these resources have provided needed support to our veteran students and military family members, and that our commitment to veterans at Saint Rose is among the best nationwide.". ...
Data Dictionary - Survey ACS 2008 (3-Year Estimates); American Community Survey Tables: 2006 -- 2008 (3-Year Estimates) (ACS08_3yr); Sex By Age By Veteran Status For the Civilian Population 18 Years and Over (Black or African American Alone); B21001B016; Veteran
Data Dictionary - Survey ACS 2009 (3-Year Estimates); American Community Survey Tables: 2007 -- 2009 (3-Year Estimates) (ACS09_3yr); Sex By Age By Veteran Status For the Civilian Population 18 Years and Over (Some Other Race Alone); B21001F020; Veteran
Technical information: (202) 691-6378 USDL 08-0456 http://www.bls.gov/cps/ For release: 10:00 A.M. (EDT) Media contact: (202) 691-5902 Thursday, April 10, 2008 (NOTE: This news release was reissued on Friday, April 11, 2008, to correct an estimate shown in the text on page 3. The estimate of Gulf War-era II veterans with a service-connected disability was cor- rected from "18 percent" to "about 17 percent." Data in the tables and other figures in the text were not affected by this correction.) EMPLOYMENT SITUATION OF VETERANS: 2007 In 2007, the unemployment rate among veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces since September 2001 was 6.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. About 17 percent of these veterans, also called Gulf War-era II veterans, had a service-connected disability in August 2007. The jobless rate for veterans of all eras combined was 3.8 percent in 2007. About 12 percent of all veterans had a service-connected ...
Bulletin Board: A Post From the Community | Armed services personnel are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the safety and security of our nation at home and abroad. That's why all 14 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture campuses in Illinois and Indiana will provide free haircuts for male and female veterans and active military personnel on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. Male veterans can choose a haircut or shave at Tricoci University's campuses that offer a Barber Program. Barbering is offered at six campuses, including Northwest Chicago/O'Hare, Northeast Chicago/Rogers Park, Libertyville and Bridgeview in the Chicago area. We can never do enough to say thank ...
If youve seen booths at East Texas Walmarts and Sams Clubs asking for donations for homeless veterans, it could be the Veterans Support Organization.. U.S. Army Veteran Dr. Dwayne Collins says, "I question where the money might be going.". J.D. Collett with the Andrews Center has opened two local houses for homeless vets. He says his organization and others like it havent seen a dime.. "None of its going to East Texas," Collett says.. Collins says, "Its a situation of false advertising, of wheres the money going and is it benefiting their cause to the extent that it should.". The president and founder of the Veterans Support Organization, Richard VanHouten says that was never the intent.. He says, "Donating money is basically a secondary. No nonprofit raises their money and gives it all away." read more>>> ...
Take Action!. Background: For the last year, the VFW and its partners have pushed Congress to offer in-state tuition protection for student veterans attending public colleges and universities. Next week, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on its veterans in-state tuition bill, H.R. 357, which means we may be one step closer to ensuring our student veterans have access to the quality, cost-effective education we promised them.. In 2008, the VFW and its partners helped pass the Post-9/11 GI Bill with the intention of allowing Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans to go to college for free at the public school of their choice. Sadly, many of our student-veterans cannot take full advantage of this opportunity because of outdated public education policies. Many veterans may be disqualified from receiving in-state tuition simply because their past military obligations do not conform to the states stringent residency requirements. This often forces veterans to either take out burdensome ...
Elks pledge "So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them." The Elks National Veterans Service Commission takes that pledge one step further, and promises service to our nations veterans and military members, with a special focus on service to those in need. Thousands of Elks volunteers give generously of their time, energy and resources to serve veterans and military members each day, to ensure that pledge is not an idle one. Today, our volunteers provide direct service to veterans in more than 330 facilities each month. Through our grants to Elks Lodges, we connect with veterans and military members in their communities, providing them with services where they live. We help veterans rehabilitate and thrive through adaptive sports programs and therapy kits. And our Welcome Home initiative is reaching out to some of our most vulnerable veterans: those who are experiencing homelessness. Resources for Elks Volunteers: ...
We have demonstrated that returning OEF/OIF women Veterans who were eligible for VA care were more likely than men to initiate use of health care services at VA facilities. However, there was no gender difference in the intensity of use, even after adjusting for socio-demographic and military service variables. Our study has some important strengths and limitations. While, this analysis is reflective of only those Veterans who sought health care at a specific VA facility and may not reflect OEF/OIF Veterans in other VA networks or those using services outside the VA, the results of our study support our hypothesis that OEF/OIF women Veterans were more likely to seek VA care than men Veterans. Although intensity of use was similar between women and men users of VA care, insufficient power may explain why the intensity of utilization and interaction terms were insignificant. Additionally, because of the small number of women included in our study population, we combined utilization at VA ...
Today, VA announced that it is on track to eliminate the hepatitis C virus (HCV), in all Veterans willing and able to be treated.. As of March 3, nearly 116,000 Veterans started all-oral hepatitis C medications in VA, of which 96,654 Veterans completed treatment and have been cured. VA expects to reach 100,000 Veterans cured in as few as two months.. "As the largest single provider of HCV care in the U.S., this is terrific news because it means we are within striking range of eliminating hepatitis C among Veterans under the care of the Veterans Health Administration," said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. "Diagnosing, treating and curing hepatitis C virus infection among Veterans has been a significant priority for VA.". HCV infection can lead to advanced liver disease (ALD), liver cancer and death. Treatment of HCV can prevent development or progression of ALD, greatly improving survival. However, before 2014, HCV treatment required weekly interferon injections for up to a year, with low cure rates ...
Oakland County Veterans Services has been providing Oakland County veterans and their families with professional veterans benefits advocacy and assistance for over 60 years. We have a staff of highly trained and accredited Veterans Benefits Counselors who are dedicated to ensuring that the sacrifices of our nations veterans are recognized, and that they and their families receive all veterans benefits to which they are entitled. Our goals are to obtain the maximum veterans benefits available for our clients through our professionalism and advocacy while making the process as simple and understandable as possible. As a Division of Oakland County government we are able to provide our services free of charge. ...
The mission of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to serve Americas veterans and their families with dignity and compassion and be their principal advocate in ensuring they receive health care, benefits, social support, and lasting memorials, in order to promote the health, welfare, and dignity of all veterans in recognition of their service to this Nation.. VA is composed of three major organizations, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), and the National Cemetery Administration (NCA). VHAs mission is fourfold: delivering high quality healthcare, teaching medical and healthcare professionals, conducting medical research, and responding to national emergencies as backup for DoD, FEMA, and other Federal agencies. With more than 1,300 sites in veterans communities across the nation, VHA has the largest inventory of health care related buildings in the United States.. ...
United Spinal Associations VetsFirst program and the Coca Cola Foundation celebrated Giving Tuesday with over 50 disabled Veterans at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in The Bronx, NY.. United Spinal staff members had an opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country by providing lunch and sharing valuable resources including our New Beginning Backpacks filled with information on living with a spinal cord injury.. Join United Spinal in supporting our disabled veterans so they can transition back into their communities and receive the resources needed to pursue their goals. There are many ways to give back!. "Its an honor to give back to those who have given so much for our country. For over 70 years weve been advocating to improve the lives of veterans across the country. Were committed to ensuring each and every vet has access to the benefits they are entitled to as well as support to transition back into their communities," said James Weisman, United ...
There has been an ongoing battle to end homelessness in the United States, particularly among veterans. Over the past three decades, considerable research has been conducted to identify risk factors for veteran homelessness, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has funded much of that research. In 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its commitment to end veteran homelessness in five years. As we near the end of that five years, its important to reflect on what we have learned and what we now know about veteran homelessness.
In our sample of veterans engaged in VA care, we found that HIV-infected veterans were more likely than their uninfected counterparts to be enrolled in Medicare and/or Medicaid, but this difference varied by age. HIV-infected veterans under age 65 were more likely to be CMS enrolled, while HIV-infected veterans 65 years and older were much less likely to be CMS enrolled. Confirming our initial hypothesis, we also found that male, HIV-infected veterans enrolled in FFS Medicare and/or Medicaid were less likely to have an outside hospitalization. This was despite the fact that these veterans were generally sicker, more likely to have multiple admissions, and more likely to be enrolled in FFS Medicaid - independent risk factors for greater non-VA use.. We suspect that HIV-infected veterans were less likely to use non-VA hospitals because they feel more tied to the VA - possibly due to the integrated care and the different providers they see in VA infectious disease clinics or the desire for ...
During the 1940s, Long Beach was known as a military town where the downtown streets were often a sea of white, crowded with sailors. Although the Long Beach Naval Shipyard closed in 1997, thousands of veterans remain, while still others continue to return home from more recent conflicts.. Several of those veterans attended the City of Long Beachs Department of Health and Human Services third annual Veterans Forum at the Alpert Jewish Community Center on Friday.. "We wanted to bring people together because we recognize Long Beach - because of the local VA - we have a military town here," said Patti LaPlace, mental health coordinator for the Department of Health and Human Services. "We have a lot of veterans who have a lot of needs, and while we specifically work with homeless veterans, we recognize the multiple issues these individuals have. ". Often veterans are unaware that services like counseling are available to them, LaPlace said.. "We felt it was important to bring the community ...
Colorado businesses joined together over the weekend to distribute free medical marijuana and pot-infused products to military veterans, reports CBS Denver.. Organized by Operation Grow4Vets, the giveaway distributed nearly $60,000 in cannabis products to the veterans at an event that was open to the public.. According to Grow4Vets Facebook page, more than 700 people showed up.. "Thank you to all of our sponsors, to our volunteers and donors, and to the more than 700 people who came out to support Operation Grow4Vets, " Roger Martin, Operation Grow4Vets Executive Director wrote. "We gave away nearly $60,000 in cannabis products, awarded $2,000 in prizes, helped a dozen Veterans test their cannabis products for FREE, and met so many people with so many great stories to share.". In an interview, Martin said, "Thats our mission, to offer veterans a safe alternative to the dangerous prescription drugs that theyre prescribed to deal with PTSD, TBI, chronic pain, and all sorts of other ...
March 23, 2011-Stars and Stripes,. WASHINGTON -- Female veterans still face significant frustration getting medical care, even in Veterans Affairs facilities with female-specific services, according to a new survey released by the American Legion on Tuesday.. One in four female veterans said the availability of gender-specific health care was poor within the VA system, and more than half felt the sexual trauma services at those facilities were inadequate, according to the report.. Legion officials said those perceptions could discourage other females from using the VA system -- or from seeking medical help at all.. "Too many times, women veterans who seek help at a VA hospital are mistaken as civilian wives," said Jimmie Foster, commander of the American Legion. "Too many people still think that veterans are men and not women.". Legion officials noted that the 1.8 million female veterans in America today make up just under 8 percent of the total veteran population, but that percentage is ...
INTRODUCTION: Although traditional patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) are effective for patients with complex needs, it is unclear whether homeless-tailored PCMHs work better for homeless veterans. We examined the impact of enrollment in a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) homeless-tailored PCMH on health services use, cost, and satisfaction compared with enrollment in a traditional, nontailored PCMH. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, multicenter, quasi-experimental, single-blinded study at 2 VHA medical centers to assess health services use, cost, and satisfaction during 12 months among 2 groups of homeless veterans: 1) veterans receiving VHA homeless-tailored primary care (Homeless-Patient Aligned Care Team [H-PACT]) and 2) veterans receiving traditional primary care services (PACT ...
As a Veteran, you have certain rights that have been granted to you by Congress. These vary from health benefits for service connected disabilities to educational benefits, employment rights, and home buying assistance. CHPA is committed to help you obtain what is due you for your service, whether you are just leaving active duty or left active duty 40 or 50 years ago. If you are still on active duty, we can give you information and assistance about Veterans Programs for which you are eligible. While we do not claim to be experts in all veterans programs, our experience in dealing with the veterans bureaucracy can be shared with you to help you avoid some of the pitfalls we have encountered. In some cases we will be able to give advice regarding specific programs; in others, we will put you in contact with professionals in the field whose job is to assist veterans like you. Drop us an e-mail so we can help.. Equally important, if you would like to volunteer to help other veterans we have a place ...
As a Veteran, you have certain rights that have been granted to you by Congress. These vary from health benefits for service connected disabilities to educational benefits, employment rights, and home buying assistance. CHPA is committed to help you obtain what is due you for your service, whether you are just leaving active duty or left active duty 40 or 50 years ago. If you are still on active duty, we can give you information and assistance about Veterans Programs for which you are eligible. While we do not claim to be experts in all veterans programs, our experience in dealing with the veterans bureaucracy can be shared with you to help you avoid some of the pitfalls we have encountered. In some cases we will be able to give advice regarding specific programs; in others, we will put you in contact with professionals in the field whose job is to assist veterans like you. Drop us an e-mail so we can help.. Equally important, if you would like to volunteer to help other veterans we have a place ...
Its good for people to get to spend time with animals and horses," she said. "Its not just physical wellness - its whole-being wellness.". The new program will be held at the 25-acre campus Equestrian Center, which offers horse boarding, riding lessons and equestrian team activities. Students experienced in horsemanship will do the teaching, and the veterans partners will be good-natured lesson horses, some on loan from a summer riding camp.. Challenges for veteran students: Garcia offered insights about the challenges veteran students face. He drew on his own experience as a veteran who was an aviation mechanic in the Marine Corps for eight years and his roles as president of the Davis Student Veteran Organization and as a student adviser at the veterans center.. The 31-year-old - who worked as a security executive and earned two associate degrees before transferring to UC Davis - said veterans might have trouble transitioning to academic life, or feel out of place among mostly younger ...
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As required by law, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hereby gives notice that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, under the authority of the Agent Orange Act of 1991, Public Law 102-4 (codified in relevant part at 38 U.S.C. 1116), has determined that a presumption of service connection is not warranted based on exposure to herbicides used in the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam Era for any of the diseases, illnesses, or health effects identified in the July 24, 2009, National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report entitled ``Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2008 (Update 2008), except for hairy cell leukemia (HCL) and other chronic b-cell leukemias, Parkinsons disease, and ischemic heart disease. In this regard, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs determined, based upon the NAS report, that there is a positive association between exposure to herbicides and the subsequent development of HCL and other chronic b-cell leukemias, Parkinsons disease, and ischemic heart disease. The Secretary ...
Authenticity. Resilience. Strength. These are the words you hear over and over when you put a group of nearly 60 women veterans together in a room, as a national support group called The Mission Continues did earlier this month at its Women Veterans Leadership Summit.. But so far, both military and veterans communities are failing to recognize and fully utilize the unique leadership strengths of the women who serve our country.. Women achieved a number of milestones in the military in 2015, from the first female Army Rangers to a decision to open all combat jobs to women. The Navy even issued its iconic white Dixie cup hats to women recruits as part of broader effort to make uniforms and job titles more gender-neutral.. Gender-neutrality is an important first step for the U.S. military, where women account for only 15 percent of active-duty personnel.. But for women veterans working to reintegrate into civilian life, theres a growing awareness that its also important to let women in the ...
A bill introduced in Congress would allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana for their patients.. The Veterans Equal Access Act. Introduced Thursday by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) with 10 bipartisan cosponsors, would lift a ban on VA doctors giving opinions or recommendations about medical marijuana to veterans who live in states where medical marijuana is permitted. "Post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury are just as damaging and harmful as any injuries that are visible from the outside," Blumenauer said. "Sometimes even more so because of the devastating effect they can have on a veterans family. We should be allowing these wounded warriors access to the medicine that will help them survive and thrive, including medical marijuana, not treating them like criminals and forcing them into the shadows. Its shameful.". Nearly 30 percent of veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffer from PTSD and ...
appointments.". The new directive provides that all veterans requiring care for a service-connected disability - regardless of the extent of their injury - must be scheduled for a primary care evaluation within 30 days of their request for care. If a VA facility is unable to schedule an appointment within 30 days, it must arrange for care at another VA facility, at a contract facility or through a sharing agreement.. The directive covers hospitalization and outpatient care. It does not apply to care for medical problems not related to a service-connected disability. However, veterans needing emergency care will be treated immediately. The new provision is an extension of rules that took effect in October 2002 for severely disabled veterans. Under the earlier rule, priority access to health care went to veterans with disabilities rated at 50 percent or more. For the severely disabled, the priority includes care for non-service-connected medical problems.. The number of veterans using VAs health ...
By Libby Denkmann for 89.3 KPCC. "As long as theres a federal conflict with state laws, any patient has significant reason to be worried," said David Mangone, legislative counsel for the advocacy group Americans for Safe Access. He added, while the danger of criminal prosecution is low, "any recreational user who receives federal benefits, they do run the risk of being subject to federal prosecution even if they are complying with state law.". The sale and consumption of recreational marijuana is now legal in California, but the states veteran population is stuck in the uneasy gap between state and federal law.. Veterans who get medical care through the Veterans Health Administration, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs, are interacting with a federal agency that considers cannabis a forbidden schedule one drug. The drug is not allowed on VA grounds, and doctors are prohibited from prescribing medical marijuana, or even filling out forms related to state-sponsored medical cannabis ...
Everyday is Veterans Day" is a catchy slogan, but to Mike Artis, Dickson Countys veterans service officer, its the truth. "The men and women who helped secure our freedom cannot be thanked enough," he said. But Artis is trying, especially now that the states veterans office in Dickson has been closed. "Thankfully, I have a year behind the desk and a good grasp of the job," he said.. Retired Sergeant First Class Artis was the first employee of Dickson Countys Assisted Veterans Program. Created by Mayor Bob Rial the program seeks to better support the countys 4,575 men and women who have served in the United States Military.. "They say that timing is everything, but in this case it proved essential," said Rial. "We hired Mike as a VSO last fall to help speed up the process of assisting local veterans and increase the number receiving valuable guidance and benefits. Im just glad he had a full year to train with Tennessee Veterans Resource Coordinator Tommy Tomlinson." ...
Hypertension or High Blood Pressure ranks second of the top three diagnosed ailments in Women Veterans. The key to defeating Hypertension is Blood Pressure Control. - Hypertension and the Woman Veteran - Veterans at BellaOnline
Dr. Dennis Donovan, Director of the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI), was appointed to and serves as one of 17 members of a National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee to Evaluate the Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services. The committee will comprehensively assess the quality, capacity, and access to mental health care services, including treatment of substance use disorders, for veterans who served in the Armed Forces in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND). The IOM committee will assess the spectrum of mental health services available across the entire US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) nationally. The committee will determine the extent to which veterans are afforded choices with respect to modes of treatment and will determine whether, and the extent to which, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are being offered a full range of necessary mental health services in the ...
Abstract - Chronic pain and overweight/obesity are prevalent public health concerns and occur at particularly high rates among Veterans. This study examined the prevalence and correlates of two common painful conditions (back pain and arthritis/joint pain) among overweight/obese Veterans in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) care. Participants (N = 45,477) completed the MOVE!23, a survey intended to tailor treatment for Veterans in VHAs MOVE! weight-management program. Overall, 72% of the sample reported painful conditions, with 10% reporting back pain, 26% reporting arthritis/joint pain, and 35% reporting both. We used multinomial logistic regression with no pain as the reference category to examine the association between painful conditions and participant characteristics. After multivariable adjustment, female Veterans had higher odds of reporting arthritis/joint pain and combined back and arthritis/joint pain than no pain. Participants with higher body mass index had higher odds of ...
Encompassing the writings of clinicians and researchers experienced in working with the Veterans Administration (VA) population, the book is grounded in an understanding of the unique culture of the veteran with its specialized service delivery methods and procedures. In addition to its focus on veterans with TBI, the text also addresses the assessment and treatment of aging veterans of previous military conflicts and of combat and non-combat veterans with neurological and emotional problems related to aging, substance abuse, HIV/hepatitis, psychiatric disorders, and other problems.. ...
Donald Burton, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, was elected President of TDVA at the 2nd Annual Board of Directors meeting held March 2010.. He served his country with distinction in the US Army in various combat specialties with multiple units to include the 2nd, 7th and 82nd ID and 7th Special Forces before retiring in 1994.. Don has served as a volunteer for over 25 years in varying capacities to include the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and the Special Forces Association (SFA).. He holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Harrington University and is a Texas Notary Signing Agent and Parliamentarian.. Additionally, Don has been a driving force behind the success of the TDVA today. He is one of the main reasons for the multiple computer setup and configuration software setup/contributions that are in place today at Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) unit at Audie Murphy Veterans Affairs Hospital ...
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The purpose of The Veteran Health Study (CSP #569) is to better understand the mental and physical health of veterans as they get older. We are inviting approximately 10,000 members of the Vietnam Era Twin (VET) Registry to participate. As veterans approach their mid-sixties, it is important to understand the impact of wartime deployment on health and mental health outcomes nearly 40 years later.. The investigators will assess the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental and physical health conditions for Vietnam era veterans, and explore the relationship between PTSD and other conditions.. CSP #569 involves 3 phases of data collection. In Phase I, VET Registry members are invited to complete a paper and pencil questionnaire including items on physical and mental health, disability, health behaviors, demographic information and use of health care services. After completing Phase I, VET Registry members are invited to Phase II which involves a telephone interview about ...
Women Veterans are the fastest growing segment of Veterans Health Administration (VA) users, their population increasing by 80% from 2003 to 2012 [1]. This dramatic growth has created major challenges for women Veterans seeking care in the VA healthcare system, as a numerical minority with distinctive physical and mental health care needs, and for VA, whose providers have varying and often limited exposure to female patients. Ample research suggests that a sizeable proportion of women Veterans have yet to feel that VA is their "medical home," although the introduction of designated womens health (WH) providers has resulted in slightly improved patient experiences of care [2]. Despite many improvements [3], gender disparities persist in diabetes and cardiovascular (CV) risk factor control [4, 5], and rates of depression, anxiety, and mental health comorbidity are disproportionately high among women Veterans [6]. Women Veterans high rate of attrition from VA care [7, 8], combined with persistent ...