Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Amtrak Discounts for Veterans, Quit-smoking resources, TAPS helping survivors

VA facilities are now smoke free

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Amtrak offers Veteran, military member discounts

Veterans can enjoy a 10% savings on rail fares across the entire Amtrak network. Enjoy onboard amenities such as a Café Car, WiFi, power outlets and spacious seating for a comfortable ride on your next trip.
To take advantage of this offer, select "Military Veteran" as your traveler type on the booking widget online. The 10% discount will automatically apply to fares when qualifying travel is selected.


'Where to start?' – The VA Welcome Kit

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Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors often ask, "Where do I start?" 
Whether you or your loved one just got out or you hung up the uniform years ago, the VA Welcome Kit can guide you to the benefits and services you've earned.



Smoke Free Resources 

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Overwhelming evidence shows smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke create significant medical risks. 
As of October 1, 2019, all VA campuses are smoke free.
Veterans who want to quit smoking have resources available through VA, including SmokefreeVET, a text messaging program that provides 24/7 support to help Veterans quit tobacco for good.


VA Podcast: Dr. Albert Weed, Green Beret Medic to Army Medical Officer to VA Surgeon

Dr. Albert Weed, Borne the Battle podcast episode 167
This week's Borne the Battle podcast features Dr. Albert Weed, whose career has taken him from enlisted Green Beret Army medic to an Army medical officer to VA surgeon.
Weed discussed his name, and how his family's military background and medical experiences led him to, among other things, peacekeeping in Egypt, swimming in Saddam Hussein's pool, and receiving four different DD-214s.


Veteran portraits by former President available on mobile app

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Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors, painted by another Veteran, President George W. Bush are on display at the Kennedy Center through Nov. 15, 2019. 
The collection highlights 98 post-9/11 Veterans painted by the former president, himself an Air Force Veteran.
There's also a free mobile app to view the art work. 


National Resource Directory
Did you know the National Resource Directory has more than 14,000 vetted resources available to you right now? Featured Resource: TAPS
Losing a loved one significantly impacts the lives of families and friends. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in our Armed Forces or as a result of his or her service. 

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Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? 

Did you know that VA offers same day services in Primary Care and Mental Health at 172 VA Medical Centers across the country? Make the Connection Resource Locator

Contact the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and press 1, Chat, or Text 838255.)

Learn how RallyPoint can help you and other members of the Veteran community. Connect with Veterans about mild to moderate TBIs. Discuss with Veterans the symptoms of un-undiagnosed brain injuries. Learn ways to get free R&R style PTSD treatment

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Shingles Prevention, Non-VA Care, Using Multiple Prescriptions, and more

Shingles Prevention and Treatment | Non-VA Care | Yoga | Prescriptions | Flu Shot | PTSD Coach | Healthy Eating | Breast Cancer Awareness

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Mammograms Can Save Your Life

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How My HealtheVet can help

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a perfect reminder to get your mammogram. Most women Veterans receive mammograms through VA. Discover more about mammograms and how VA and My HealtheVet can help. Learn more.
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Do You Know the MISSION Act?

The MISSION Act of 2018 strengthens and enhances VA's ability to deliver the best care and services to you at VA sites and in the community. It helps VA deliver trusted, easy-to-access, high-quality care at VA facilities, virtually through telehealth, and in your community. That means you get the care and services you need, where and when you need them. Learn more.
Veterans practicing yoga

Six Ways Yoga Can Help You

Yoga helps improve flexibility, strength, and balance. Yoga was developed thousands of years ago in India as a system of well-being, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Discover how you can start practicing yoga with help from VA. Learn more.
A Veteran receiving his shingles vaccination

Avoid the Pain of Shingles

Did you know that anyone who has recovered from chickenpox can develop shingles? Shingles is a painful infection that should be treated immediately. Quick treatment with an antiviral drug decreases the severity and length of time of acute pain. Learn more.
Veteran checking dates on prescriptions

Am I on Too Many Medications?

If you're one of the millions of Veterans with multiple conditions, you may be taking more medications than needed. Taking too many prescription medications can be risky. Team up with your health care provider and find out what medications you need. Learn more.
Veteran getting a flu shot

It's Time: Roll Up Your Sleeve

This is it: the first of many reminders about your annual flu shot. Flu season usually starts in October and peaks between December and February. The vaccine takes some time to kick in, which is why it always feels like everyone starts talking about flu shots as soon as summer ends. Learn more.
Veterans cooking fresh vegetables

Fall into Healthy Eating Habits

Between Halloween's candy jar and upcoming holiday dinners, it's easy to gain weight. Adopting healthy eating habits this fall can reduce your risk of gaining weight and increase your energy to go trick-or-treating. Learn more.
Veteran using PTSD Coach on mobile phone

PTSD: Help is at Your Fingertips

When you need more support managing PTSD, help from your smartphone can make all the difference. PTSD Coach, a mobile app for your iPhone, can show you relaxation and anger management skills all from the palm of your hand. Learn more.

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