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I have been promising myself that I would finish a post on Veteran’s health for months. I apologize that it has been so long, but health issues have kept me pretty busy. Doctor’s appointments you never seem to end.
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
My first note is to commend the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. This organization is committed to helping vets, especially those that are homeless. They have helped me thru some rough patches. I know that in the Cities they even went looking for vets during the 50 degrees below weather during the Polar Vortex of 2019. Real dedication to their mission.
Donations to help house homeless veterans is appreciated. Instructions on the website www.mac-v.org.
Some long overdue news: The law firm of Hill & Ponton P.A. Disability Attorneys, announced on January 29, 2019, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit the Department of Veterans Affairs could not exclude Blue Water veterans from receiving the same benefits as other veterans who served in the Vietnam theater, also called ‘the Brown Water Navy’ or ‘boots on the ground’.
The Blue-Water Navy, those vets who served aboard ships are now entitled to the same presumptive benefits.
The main disabilities covered are diabetes and heart disease from exposure to dioxin, better known as Agent Orange.
Procopio v. Wilkie is the case that restored the ‘will of Congress’ to all veterans of the Vietnam theater.
If you are suffering from these or other presumptive diseases contact your County Veterans Service Officer and he or she will help you file a disability claim with the VA.
Diabetes mellitus also known as Type 2 diabetes devastates the sheath covering the nerves. Suffering includes deterioration of vision, cellulitis, edema, loss of blood flow resulting in the amputation of extremities and limbs.
Healthline.com is one of the easiest to understand resources for diabetes information. A newsletter arrives at least once a week and I think you can sign up for more.
The articles range from insulin injectors to a new drug that “helps the body replenish its insulin-producing cells.”
This article on healthline.com is an excellent article on the background and damage caused by Agent Orange.
VA’s “presumptive list” of diseases that are caused by exposure to Agent Orange now includes everything from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, prostate cancer, and multiple myeloma to Parkinson’s disease and ischemic heart disease”.
Ischemic Heart Disease is a “condition in which the blood flow (thus oxygen) is reduced in parts of the body”. Other names are coronary heart disease and coronary artery disease. These can lead to heart attacks.
Pay attention to how you feel. Your body will tell you when something is not working right. The doctors can determine the cause.
This is a list of a few of the resources available on the American Heart Association website (use the above link). These are excellent resources.
- The Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
- Angina (Chest Pain)
- Understand Your Risks to Prevent a Heart Attack
- Diagnosing a Heart Attack
- Treatment of a Heart Attack
- Life After a Heart Attack
Another great resource for medical issues is My Health eVet.com is a great resource for your health.
The topics online today are: ”Understanding Diabetic Nerve Damage”;
“Understanding Acute and Chronic Pain”; “Medical Questions: Get the Facts” and more.
Other resources on this site: apps for your phone and tablet: Mindfulness training and AIMS—Anger and Irritability Management Skills.
The VA has developed these apps for veterans and service members.
This is an article in Inc.com by Carol Sankar on ways to overcome ‘Negative Self Talk’.
As a trained specialist in confidence training and research, she suggests three ways to eliminate “the megaphone from drowning out optimism”.
- “Stop Confirming Your Fears“
“Avoid words and phrases which imply doubt and skepticism”. These phrases such as ‘what if I can’t’, “I don’t know how’, I don’t think I can’. These words disable your confidence.
- “Focus on the life you desire—not the challenges you’re facing“
Visualize what you want in life and what you want out of life. This is not simple.
She tells us the secret: “ If you focus on your challenges, you will continue to feed your own limitations. Your language will begin to reflect your reality rather than the optimism of the journey ahead. Your language and vision will set the intentions”. “Focus on what is ahead.”
- “Network with other established founders and leaders“
To achieve your goals spend time with the people who have achieved what you want. Gain “sound advice from people who have overcome challenges” and changed “their relationship with doubt.”
REMEMBER THE VETERAN’S CRISIS LINE:
1-800-273-8255 PRESS 1
Thanks for stopping!