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Ulcerative Colitis Ratings

What is Ulcerative Colitis? Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease in which inflammation and ulcers occur in your large intestine (colon) and rectum. It is most commonly thought to be caused from an overactive immune response. Normally, a viral or bacterial threat in your colon would trigger your immune system to cause temporary inflammation and send white …

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 …

Transition Assistance Needs- Career Support

The transition from active military to veteran status is a complicated and stressful one. The stress during this process is mostly caused from the overabundance of uncertainty. Military life is absolutely hard and stressful, but it becomes “predictably hard” for those serving over time. The danger, stress, and struggles don’t get easier, but those serving adapt and expect it to …

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 …

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 …

The Veteran’s Journey to Better Sleep

Our last blog post discussed the alarmingly high rate at which veterans suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders. While those numbers are discouraging, they provide some glaringly obvious information; more needs to be done to bring about awareness, acceptance, and treatment/help for sleep issues in veterans. This post is going to talk about some things that could possibly set …

Insomnia & Sleep Disorders

Veteran Insomnia If 3 am is a regular visitor, you aren’t alone. Over 30% of the population experiences insomnia. Studies find that for veterans, the number is even higher. A study from the San Diego Department of Veteran Affairs followed over 5,500 post 9/11 veterans for 7 years. The results, published in June 2020, showed that 57% of the veterans …

It’s Not the Bee’s Knees

Did you know that over 92% of veterans are rated for limitation of flexion of at least one knee? Knee conditions are in the top 5 of the most common veteran disabilities, with limitation of flexion being the most common of knee issues. Unfortunately, knee conditions are often some of the most difficult for veterans, doctors and the VA to …