Topic: Healthcare

Public Health Officer 1st Lt. Gyasi J. Mann, right, and Bioenvironmental Engineer Senior Airman Emilio D. Gonzalez, second from right, both with the 108th Medical Group, New Jersey Air National Guard, help homeless veterans choose a pair of reading glasses during Stand Down 2012 at the National Guard Armory in Cherry Hill, Sept. 28, 2012.

VA’s Work to End Veteran Homelessness Is a Nationwide Model. Can It Translate for Civilians?

To date, 83 communities and the states of Connecticut, Delaware, and Virginia have effectively ended veteran homelessness. But can that success translate?
A mobile vet center opens its doors for tours during a ceremony commemorating the partnership between the U.S. Marine Corps and Veterans Affairs to provide the mobile vet center services to eligible service members at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia, in 2022. Vet centers offer confidential help for veterans, service members, and their families in a nonmedical setting. The 300 vet centers and more than 80 mobile vet centers are used as points of care to enhance the existing support service provided by the Marine Corps. Photo by Ashley Boster, courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Vet Center Changes ‘a Stab in the Back’ as Delays, Counselor Shortages Grow

Vet centers may be losing what led veterans to depend on them after a slate of changes clients and counselors say have been damaging.

‘The System Is Not Built for You,’ VA Doctors Told Him. They Weren’t Wrong.

As VA considers how it can meet changing medical needs of veterans, I hope it also recognizes it has the opportunity to transform the nation’s health care.
Dominique Hunter, the Military Breastfeeding Network active- duty director, explains doula and breastfeeding options to new moms at a Womack Army Medical Center maternity fair at Fort Liberty, North Carolina, in 2018. Photo by Twana Atkinson, courtesy of the U.S. Army.

Expectant Service Members Lack Support. Doulas Could Help, Advocates Say.

Members of the military who are pregnant lack options when it comes to giving birth. That might be changing, but challenges persist.
Lt. Col. Ryan M. Miedema, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion commander, helps soldiers unload a large donation to Feed Our Vets in Watertown, New York, 2016. Jeff Cook, president of the board of directors for Feed Our Vets’ Watertown location, said they are a 100% volunteer run organization that serves local veterans in need with food, socialization, and hope. Photo by Spc. Thomas Scaggs, courtesy of the U.S. Army.

Veterans Who Are Food Insecure Are Less Likely to Seek Help Than Civilians

More than a million veterans are food insecure. Most at risk are younger vets with families, women, and those with mental health concerns or lower incomes.
Kirsten Goodson and her son, Theo, pose in the mountains. Photo courtesy of Kirsten Goodson.

Troops Weigh Leaving Service Over Lack of Care for Kids With Autism Under Tricare

Health care is a military recruitment selling point, but some parents are leaving service to ensure their kids get care they need that Tricare can withhold.
Midshipmen march to lunch at the U.S. Naval Academy during the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities, and Service Academies in 2019. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sarah Villegas, courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

Short Changed: Military Women’s Deaths by Suicide Linked to Sexual Trauma

While men in the military have alarmingly high rates of suicide, the rates among military women are rising faster, and their reasons are different.
The Marine Corps announced the Marine Intercept Program. The program goes hand-in-hand with the Suicide Prevention Program, providing follow-up care and counseling for Marines who have attempted suicide or had suicidal ideations. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Cherry.

‘A Violent Transition’—Mental Health Care Lacks Military Cultural Understanding

Many veterans are susceptible to suicide after they leave service, especially younger veterans who may lack a strong social network in their communities.
Airmen of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard stand for a group photo Nov. 12, 2019, at the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing. Guam, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories have some of the highest rates of U.S. military enlistment. Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.

US Territories Have High Rates of US Military Service, but Battle for Veterans’ Benefits

Guam, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories have some of the highest rates of U.S. military enlistment, but their veterans also face major hurdles accessing benefits after their service.