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Medical Conditions That May Prevent You From Joining the Military

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Medical Exam

 

Below you will find details from the Army's "Standards of Medical Fitness." These standards generally apply to all other branches as well. Remember that most of these conditions are NOT necessarily permanently disqualifying, but they are red flags!

VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals resolves record number of claims to date for FY 2018

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Claim Files

 

Underscoring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) pledge to reduce the wait time for those appealing disability benefits claims, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, as of May 27, has signed more than 53,650 decisions to date in fiscal year (FY) 2018, which is approximately 86 percent more than the 28,839 decisions signed through the same period last year.

President Trump’s Executive Order Supporting Mental Health Care for Transitioning Service Members Now Underway

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Donald Trump 007

 

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the White House has approved an interagency plan to implement President Trump’s executive order supporting Veterans with mental health care and suicide-prevention resources during their transition from uniformed service to civilian life.

Congress considering benefits for Navy vets with Agent Orange exposure

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Congress Considering Benefits

 

WASHINGTON - Navy veterans who served offshore during the Vietnam War appear close to winning a final battle as Congress prepares to force the Department of Veterans Affairs to restore benefits to thousands of sailors who claim exposure to Agent Orange.

Treating Unresolved Trauma in the Deployed Environment

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Unresolved Trauma

 

For many, the phrase “deployment trauma” brings to mind images of combat: improvised explosive devices, taking small arms fire, or traumatic amputations and brain injuries. Over the last 10 years, direct exposure to combat during deployments has decreased. Nonetheless, treating trauma in the deployed environment remains an ever present challenge for military mental health practitioners. This blog will discuss why even objectively safe deployments trigger trauma and some questions to ask when considering whether to process trauma in the deployed environment.

NCA Burial Scheduling System Maintenance June 2-3, 2018

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Natl Cemetery Admin

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018, 12:00 PM EST through Sunday, June 3, 2018,12:00 PM EST, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Scheduling Office (NCSO) Burial Operations Support System will be undergoing planned system upgrades. We are making these upgrades to improve the security profile and add new, faster servers that will help us serve you better.

Agent Orange 40 Years Later: A Local Man With A Dream

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AO 40 Yrs Later

 

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Most of us know of a Veteran who has received a Purple Heart. It is our nation’s expression of gratitude to the brave soldiers who have suffered an injury or made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. The 29th of March, last week, was remembered as Vietnam Veterans Day. When I meet with Veterans in our community, memories of that war are painful. Our nation suffered the loss of over 58,000 American soldiers. The mission of the war was to avoid the spread of communism but it did not appear to be a just cause in the minds of many citizens. Because of the strong anti-war sentiment in the country, our soldiers, who were forced to serve under the draft, did not receive the respect and gratitude that these brave men and women deserved.

More Vets Who Are Coping With PTSD From Sexual Assaults Get Honorable Discharges

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Coping PTSD

 

Sexual assault is still a major issue for the military. Reports rose by 10 percent last year, though there is some discussion about whether that is an increase in the number of assaults or an increased willingness of troops to come forward and report them. That would be an improvement because victims of rape in the military often face retaliation, sometimes even a less than honorable discharge from the military.

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