Veterans’ health and well-being
Every generation of American veterans has encountered challenges to physical health.
For combat veterans in particular, each conflict and theater has posed unique threats. Our nation has a sacred commitment to “Care for him who shall have borne the battle,” yet there remain significant obstacles to ensuring our veterans receive the best available care.
The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to struggle in its core mission to provide our veterans with the care they deserve.
The quality of care is inconsistent and wait times are too long. Veterans in legitimate need of urgent medical treatment are often forced to wait weeks or even months to see a doctor. The VA system is bureaucratic and complicated, leaving many veterans confused about their health care options.
Take a look at our resources to better understand the VA, the laws that shape how health care is delivered, and what innovative treatments are available for veterans to live and thrive.
By April, news broke of more delays in care at the Phoenix VA Medical Center. The VA wasn’t just delaying certain screenings and procedures; it was making a concerted effort to hide how long veterans were waiting for all kinds of care.
The 2018 VA MISSION Act took veterans’ choice over their health care much further, expanding access to non-VA care and creating avenues for the VA to modernize and streamline its services.
As a government entity tasked with caring for those who served, the VA should be accountable to the people and transparent about what is going on behind the scenes. This law was a monumental step toward making the VA more veteran-centric rather than VA-centric.
‘You can overcome anything.’ Army medic shares his journey with PTSD and how veterans can help each other heal.
We sat down with Miguel Ocegueda, an Army veteran and combat medic, to talk about his own experiences with combat, the transition back to civilian life, finding ways to journey through PTSD, and the organization that helped him find a new path forward.
Veterans are proving they are not broken or defined by their trauma, but rather they have a path forward to a stronger, healthier life.
Please reach out to one of these outlets if you need someone to talk to. And if you know someone who is struggling, share these resources with them.