Finding Your Service Treatment Records

Service treatment records are the medical records from your time in service. When filing a disability claim, you can either submit your service treatment records OR request that the VA access them. It is important for you to have a copy of them to ensure their accuracy, and for your own use. They include all health information and appointments from …

Treatment Options for Depression

Last week’s post touched on the commonality, symptoms, and different types of depression. Did you miss it? Get up to speed here. Another step to understanding depression is to break down some of the options for getting help and treating it. If you feel you may be struggling with depression, please do not stay silent. Reach out and get help …

Struggling with Depression?

Depression and anxiety are considered the most common mental health disorders in the United States. Today’s blog focus will be on depression. (Click here to read our post on anxiety.) It’s estimated that around 300 million people globally are suffering from depression. This number is likely higher than the estimation, as many people do not seek medical help or reach …

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, called GERD, is a common gastrointestinal condition. Cleveland Clinic reports than an estimated 20% of the US population have GERD. It is sometimes referred to as chronic acid reflux. If you are suffering from GERD, you likely have some of the following symptoms: Heartburn Indigestion Pain in the chest Difficulty swallowing/feels like something is “stuck” in the …

Career & Educational Help for Veterans

Most veterans are familiar with the GI Bill and how it can help pay for training programs or a college/graduate degree. There are other educational and career benefits available for veterans that are less commonly talked about or used, but potentially just as, or more helpful, for many. In this post, we are shining light on Veteran Readiness and Employment …

New COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate for VA employees

The CDC has reported COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rising very quickly this summer, as a new variant “Delta” has been spreading. Federal officials have estimated around 97% of those hospitalized are unvaccinated. The VA has seen a sharp increase in cases amongst staff and veterans in their care as well, and the administration is taking action to do what they …

Mental Health Rating Myths Part 1

There are millions of veterans with mental health ratings in our country. In 2020, there were over 1.7 million veterans who were rated just for PTSD. A lot of confusion and misinformation is out there regarding veterans who suffer from and are rated for mental health conditions. Some of this misinformation may even prevent veterans from fully disclosing the severity …

Is it Anxiety?

Feeling worried or nervous about big changes, uncertain events, a meeting with the boss, and things that are important to you is normal. As human beings, we are designed to have responses to things that matter or could affect our life and choices. However, for many, the nerves and worries go beyond the small moments and are more lasting or …

Headache or Migraine?

It is estimated that more than 37 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Veterans who have experienced a brain or head injury or who have been deployed are at a 3x higher than average risk of developing headaches and migraines. Women are also 2-3x more likely to suffer from migraines than men.  What’s the difference? It can be tricky to …

New VA Motto a Step Toward Inclusivity?

Advocates for female rights and lawmakers first introduced the idea of changing the VA motto to be more gender inclusive in 2017. The current VA motto, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan,” has remained the same since it was installed on plaques outside the VA headquarters by administrator Sumner …