Topic: Healthcare

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.

‘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.
Army veteran Jodi Jeloudov poses for a picture dressed as she usually does when she visits her local Florida Veterans Affairs health facility. SPARTA, an advocacy group that supports transgender troops and veterans, recently issued a warning asking transgender veterans and service members to avoid Florida because of "challenges and legal hazards" they face there. Photo courtesy of Jodi Jeloudov.

Transgender Troops, Vets Warned to Avoid Florida Over Discriminatory Laws

One in five transgender people will choose to serve in the military, with nearly 15,000 active and reserve troops already serving according to one study.
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.
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.

‘Please Come and Apply’—The PACT Act Is the Largest Expansion of Veteran Benefits in Decades

“We think that there are, roughly, a little over 6.2 million veterans who, we believe, qualify for the PACT Act,” VA Secretary Denis McDonough said.
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.
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.

America Faces a Tidal Wave of Aging Veterans, Including a 237% Increase in Women Over 65 by 2041 

As Vietnam and Gulf War-era veterans age, they bring with them new needs, different expectations for care, and greater diversity than those who came before.