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Tricare changes will improve access, defense health officials say

04 Mar, 2016 no comments Health , News
Tricare changes will improve access, defense health officials say

Defense health officials say they are making inroads in improving beneficiaries’ access to health care and services and proposed changes to military health care in the fiscal 2017 budget should enhance those efforts. Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, and Defense Health Agency director Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono told Congress this week that the Defense Department must ensure the readiness of its military hospitals and clinics as "full-service platforms” to make sure medical personnel preserve their trauma, disease and non-battlefield-injury treatment capabilities. But at the same time, they added, the…

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The Success of Recreation Therapy for Veterans

24 Feb, 2016 no comments Health
The Success of Recreation Therapy for Veterans

We’ve been at this for 150 years! February is Recreation Therapy Month, a time set aside to recognize the importance of Recreation Therapy in the overall improvement of health and wellness for millions of Veterans nationwide. And it’s been around a while. Check out this article by VHA Historian Darlene Richardson: Recreational facilities and leisure activities have been important elements of Veterans’ health care for nearly 150 years—ever since the first Federal Veterans facilities were established after the Civil War. By 1875, four branches of the National Home for Disabled…

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Going beyond the numbers to better serve Veterans who are homeless

12 Feb, 2016 no comments Health
Going beyond the numbers to better serve Veterans who are homeless

As a doctor, I learned that data on a chart or in a report could only tell me so much about my patients. Talking with them face-to-face is how I got beyond the numbers, and grasped the true status of their health and well-being. Now, as VA Under Secretary for Health, I take a similar approach with the Veterans that VA cares for and serves, including those who are homeless. That’s why I’m heading out tonight with VA leaders, staff and community volunteers for the 2016 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count: To…

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VA nurse (Army Veteran) loses 215 pounds

12 Feb, 2016 no comments Health

Television audiences nationwide were amazed to see a Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center nurse shrink from 531 pounds to an astounding 316 pounds. The Desert Storm Army Veteran shared his story and life-changing transformation last year on ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss. John Robinson’s journey began about four years ago as a simple road trip to accompany a friend who was auditioning for the television show.  While there, the show producers convinced John, a former offensive lineman with Winston-Salem State University and the New Jersey Red Dogs (Arena Football League) to…

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Shipping blood, saving lives

07 Feb, 2016 no comments Air Force , Health
Shipping blood, saving lives

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — The Blood Transshipment Center at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, provides blood to more than 30 forward operating locations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. In 2015, the center shipped nearly 23,000 units of blood to nine countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. The blood was used in transfusions helping save 222 people, including 18 U.S. service members, as well as Afghani and Iraqi citizens. “Over the past six months, 65 percent of blood transfusions were conducted in Iraq,” said Air Force Master…

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