Posts Tagged ‘Veterans Administration

14
Sep
09

207. Mobile VA Clinics for Tampa Veterans

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Wanderingvets recently received this notification of mobile health services within the Tampa area:

James A. Haley Veterans hospital in Tampa Florida is pleased to announce the release of our new Mobile Outreach Clinic, It will be in our community delivering flu shots, homeless assistance, and so much more.

More information about services of this mobile clinic for the Tampa area can be found at The Department of Veterans’s Affairs/

29
Jun
09

205.Health Care Reform & The VA System:Here We Go Again?

reformAmerica is on the brink of making some very important decisions as relates to healthcare in this country. Currently, our politicians are bouncing around various proposals for the future of healthcare in America. Most recently Congress reported “trimming” this healthcare bill to $1 trillion .The facts about our current healthcare system support the need for some serious realignment in order to cover the healthcare needs of more Americans.

FACT: One-third of adults (31 percent) and more than half of all children (54 percent) do not have a primary care doctor (National Medical Expenditure Panel Survey) Continue reading ‘205.Health Care Reform & The VA System:Here We Go Again?’

20
Apr
09

195. Female Veterans Struggle with PTSD Treatment

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The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are the most sustained combat operations since the Vietnam War. A wealth of research has shown convincingly that the frequency and intensity of exposure to combat experiences is strongly associated with the risk of chronic posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD; APA, 1994) and related impairment (Kaylor, King, & King, 1987). As a result, there is good reason to be more concerned about the long-term mental health toll associated with these new wars than with the toll of other post-Vietnam War operations, such as the mission to Somalia (Litz, Orsillo, Friedman, Ehlich, & Batres, 1997) and the 1991 Persian Gulf War (Wolfe, Erickson, Sharkansky, King, & King, 1999). Only one comprehensive study has examined the mental health impact of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (Hoge et al., 2004). This study evaluated active-duty soldiers’ reports of various war-zone experiences and the rates of mental health problems; the estimated risk for PTSD from service in the Iraq War was much higher than from service in the Afghanistan mission (18% vs. 11%, respectively). In both contexts, reports of combat exposure were highly associated with the risk of PTSD.  (National Center for PTSD)

Females make up about 20% of today’s military personnel.  There are also almost 2 million women veterans in the United States.  However, the Iraq war marks the first time in our country’s history when woman have been widely exposed to the front lines of combat.  The statistics support the fact that PTSD is a real and all too common consequence of combat for all our military~both male and females alike. Unfortunately, our VA services have yet to keep up with the needs of our female veterans when it comes to providing services for PTSD. Continue reading ‘195. Female Veterans Struggle with PTSD Treatment’

25
Jan
09

191. Real Changes Ahead for Veterans Affairs?

General Shinseki (Source AP)

General Shinseki (Source AP)

President Obama became the 44th President of the United States this past week. He certainly faces many challenges as he embarks on the Presidency. Throughout President Obama’s campaign there was a theme of change that surrounded his visions of the government he would lead. The time for putting these changes into place has arrived.

Like many Americans, I didn’t have a chance to witness the inauguration in real time. Later when I did listen to our 44th President’s address to the nation the following part of this speech immediately caught my attention:

What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

Continue reading ‘191. Real Changes Ahead for Veterans Affairs?’




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