Veterans Day 2011

A U.S. Army infantry first sergeant

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We thank our veterans as we celebrate them today!  Here are several items regarding Veterans!

November 11 marks the observance of Veterans Day – 11/11/11. People who serve in the military and veterans face some different health issues than civilians. Visit the “Veterans and Military Health” Topic Page in MedlinePlus for more information: http://ow.ly/7nQKq . [www.medlineplus.gov/]

iSalute Veterans

Military Pathways and SAMHSA encourage you to honor a veteran, service member or family member by visiting http://www.iSalute.org/ and sending an electronic salute to thank them for their service and sacrifice. [SAMHSA]

If you are having a hard time coping with the stress of military life or deployment, you can take an anonymous health assessment. It is a series of question that help gauge your mental well-being. It will also provide guidance as to where to seek assistance, if needed. [iSalute]

Veterans and Military Health

People who serve in the military and veterans face some different health issues than civilians. During wartime, the main health concerns are life-threatening injuries. These include shrapnel and gunshot wounds, lost limbs, and head injuries. Some service members might also have health problems from exposure to environmental hazards, such as contaminated water, chemicals and infections.

Service members and veterans are at risk for mental health problems, too. These include anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and substance abuse. http://1.usa.gov/11tS4w [MedlinePlus]

Homeless

The Open Door Mission here is Omaha, NE. noted on Facebook this morning that 28% of men and women veterans are homeless!

Web Sites

The Best Websites To Learn About Veterans Day:

 

I say a personal “thank you” to three young men serving in the military — Adam and Derek in Afganistan and Eric in the US.!

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