VA’s secretary, Dr. David Shulkin, spoke to the press corps in the White House briefing room this morning – diagnosing VA and providing his prescription for its ills.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Minutes before 6 a.m., Army nurse Martha Green woke with a jolt to a thunderous explosion half a mile away. It was the steamy morning of June 8, 1969, and she was in her bed at Chu Lai base at the height of the Vietnam War.
SWEETWATER, Texas — The "gigglin' little redhead" was all smiles.
GOLDWATER AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ariz., May 31, 2017 — Although set on different paths for military service, Air Force Master Sgt. Peggy Schmidt and Staff Sgt. Nichole Jordan of the Arizona Air National Guard's 161st Air Refueling Wing have experienced a journey few airmen can claim -- one characterized by dedication, tradition, and ultimately, love.
Living in and near Air Force bases most of my life, my daughter’s favorite saying was “Jet Noise, the sound of Freedom.” We all had the bumper stickers on our cars and, especially during those times when certain politicians wanted to dismantle some of our larger bases, we let them all know that the sound of jet noise was music to the ears of every patriotic American in the world. We also knew that exposure to jet noise leads to hearing loss. All those troops, regardless of which branch they served in, who were exposed to jet noise either on flight lines, in combat, or just sitting in their offices under the path of the planes know all too well the results of the sound of freedom.
Of all the disabilities listed on the VA’s Schedule for Rating Disabilities, the ratings involving the knee are one of the most difficult for Veterans to understand – and for the VA to get right. Much of the confusion stems from the fact that a Veteran may be able to receive multiple ratings for the same knee, depending on the severity of his or her condition. Today we are going to discuss one particular set of ratings for limitation of motion of the knee – flexion and extension.
Around 8% of the US population will experience PTSD in their life. While it is more common for Veterans to suffer from PTSD than the average person due to the variety of stressful situations they experience, the VA estimates that the number of Veterans that suffer from PTSD varies by service era:
- Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF): About 11-20 out of every 100 Veterans (or between 11-20%) who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD in a given year.
- Gulf War (Desert Storm): About 12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans (or 12%) have PTSD in a given year.
- Vietnam War: About 15 out of every 100 Vietnam Veterans (or 15%) were currently diagnosed with PTSD at the time of the most recent study in the late 1980s, the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS). It is estimated that about 30 out of every 100 (or 30%) of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.
President Donald Trump's first budget request embraces many Obama administration ideas to dampen military compensation growth. It would cap the next military pay raise; hike health care fees “modestly” for working-age military retirees, and increase copayments on pharmacy drugs for TRICARE beneficiaries, including retirees of any age, though prescriptions filled on base would still be free.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is warning the VA is “still in critical condition” despite efforts to reduce wait times for medical appointments and expand care in the private sector.
David Shulkin has been Veteran Affairs secretary for only a few months, but the physician has already started signaling his openness to radical reforms. On Wednesday, Shulkin told reporters that “there may be some evidence” that medical marijuana could help Veterans — and that he wouldn’t be opposed to one day including it in their health care plans.