News and Highlights
Educational Guide About Mesothelioma
Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire. Veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma even qualify for special benefits from the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs.
Memory Care Resources for Senior Veterans
A study conducted by NIH (National Insitute of Health) found that veterans are twice as likely to develop dementia. Aside from the normal aging process, traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder make veterans more vulnerable to dementia than the general population.
To help veterans and their families, we created a guide to memory care for veterans. This resource goes over dementia in detail and shares treatment options as well as available VA programs and resources.
Medicare Eligibility for People With Disabilities
Compare your Medicare options as a person with a disability.
Medicare Plans Resource for Veterans
Explore the benefits of having Medicare with VA health insurance coverage.
Ask A Doctor All Your Addiction Questions
Our doctors will answer any of your addiction-related questions free of charge!
Michigan Veteran Drug And Alcohol Rehabs
Lists all the veteran treatment centers in Michigan.
Veterans Addiction and Alcoholism Guide
In addition we also have a website that is centered around the Opioid Epidemic
How to Help a Veteran with Substance Abuse: http://www.rehabcenter.net/veterans-and-substance-abuse/
Sokolove Law has some great information listed here – https://www.sokolovelaw.com/about-us/healthcare-resources-for-veterans/
For vets who worked in IT while serving, it can be very difficult to transition into a civilian IT job. The University of North Dakota has created a guide outlining Cyber Security Education and Training Resources for Veterans. The goal with this guide is to help Veterans gain qualifications and education to help transition into civilian life, with a secure and rewarding career.
Of the 3,000 individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma every year, approximately 30% of them are veterans. Therefore, we are making it our mission to provide our resource to as many people as possible. https://www.mesotheliomavets.com/veterans/
The program is free to veterans at the VA who struggle with addiction. The coolest part about the program is that the VA provides financial assistance, food vouchers and other forms of help to the veterans in the program, as long as they stay sober. https://sunshinebehavioralhealth.com/veterans/
Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdomen. Caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers, mesothelioma is often diagnosed in older individuals who worked with asbestos products. Prognosis for mesothelioma is poor, but early detection and new treatment provide hope for many patients. Learn More
Please help spread the work about this new tool via organizational newsletters, emails, presentations and social media. www.accesstocare.va.gov
Why Outreach to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Veterans?
In September 2012 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a comprehensive profile of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) veterans. There are currently more than 154,000 AI/AN veterans. Although Native Americans serve in the U.S. Armed Forces at a higher rate per capita than any other ethnic group, the report, titled “American Indian and Alaska Service-members and Veterans,” shows that in several key measures AI/AN veterans are worse off than other veterans. Here is a selection of important stats from the VA’s study:
7.1% – The unemployment rate of AI/AN veterans
4.9% – The unemployment rate for veterans of all other races
15.3% – The percentage of AI/AN veterans who do not have health insurance
6.3% – The percentage of veterans of all other races who do not have health insurance
36.4% – The percentage of AI/AN veterans who suffer from one or more disability
26.2% – The percentage of veterans of all other races who suffer from one or more disability
18.9% – The percentage of AI/AN veterans with a service-connected disability rating
15.6% – The percentage of veterans of all other races with a service-connected disability rating
Read the full report here.
Find out about OEF/OIF/OND Veterans’ use of VA health care facilities and common diagnoses, including PTSD, by viewing the latest reports for the third quarter of fiscal year 2015: