Thursday, May 23, 2019

Free National Park Pass, Find a Memorial Day Ceremony Near You

Resources for Veterans, their Families, Caregivers, and Survivors

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Memorial Day 2019

Find a Memorial Day ceremony near you, 120+ VA National Cemetery events across the country

Memorial Day (this Monday, May 27) honors Americans who died while defending the nation and its values. It's a day that allows us to remember our fallen heroes who put service before self. Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday formerly known as Decoration Day. First enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.
We invite you to honor the fallen this Memorial Day at a VA National Cemetery. Each cemetery and community will add their own special touch of patriotism and "thanks" during the events.


Free National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass for Disabled Veterans 

Free National Parks Pass for Disabled Veterans
Many Veterans, with a service connected disability rating, are entering Federal parks for free with the Lifetime National Parks Access Pass from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. The Access Pass also admits disabled any passengers in their vehicle, and other discounts such as camping, swimming, board launching, and guided tours.
What's your favorite National Park?


Support for Veterans on Health Journeys - Start a Free CaringBridge Site

CaringBridge provides free and secure personal websites as dedicated platforms for families and friends to communicate with and support loved ones during their health care journeys. Veterans struggling with injuries, cancer, PTSD, substance abuse, and rehabilitation are using CaringBridge to build a support network.


T-Mobile provides free data for accessing VA telehealth

T-Mobile Telehealth
You may have recently seen a new commercial featuring Veterans using telehealth as a part of a new partnership between T-Mobile and VA. The ad, which highlights Veterans using VA Video Connect without incurring data charges, exemplifies the public-private partnerships VA has developed to increase access to care for Veterans.


National Resource Directory
Did you know the National Resource Directory has more than 14,000 vetted resources available right now? Featured Resource Category: Benefits
Secretary Wilkie Memorial Day Video
A Memorial Day message from VA Secretary Robert Wilkie
"On Monday, May 27, I urge everyone to observe this National Day of Remembrance and honor the sacrifices of those who served principles greater than themselves."


Thursday morning, May 23 - The TODAY show will focus on military caregivers, with Tom Hanks and Senator Elizabeth Dole, live from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Learn more.
If you are in the Indianapolis area, please join us for an Open House for Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors at the Indianapolis VA Medical Center from 9a.m.-1:30p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019. 1481 West 10th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202. 

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? 

Did you know that VA offers same day services in Primary Care and Mental Health at 166 VA Medical Centers across the country? Find your local VA Medical Center
Talk with other Veterans who have walked in your shoes on RallyPoint. Like U.S. Army Veteran Michael T. - "Hey brother, I know exactly how you are feeling I've been there myself...Proud of you."

Contact the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and press 1, Chat, or Text 838255.)

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

My HealtheVet Update | May 22, 2019

Rx Mistakes | Hearing Aids | Arthritis | Asthma Basics | Sun-Safe Summer | Easier Appointments | Lab Test Results

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Update: May 22, 2019

How to Avoid Prescription Refill Mistakes

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Best steps when refilling VA prescriptions

Millions of Veterans manage their VA prescription refills with My HealtheVet every year. If you're one of them, it's okay if you've gotten confused a time or two. You can better navigate the pharmacy section by avoiding some common hiccups. Learn more.
Hearing Exam

Turn Up the Volume: Help for Hearing

The most common service-related medical issue may surprise you: hearing loss. Most of the hearing loss among Veterans is from noise exposure to gunfire, aircraft, tanks, and bombs. One way VA helps Veterans with hearing problems is by providing no-cost hearing aids. Learn more.
Veterans working out

Exercise Safely with Arthritis

Working out with arthritis can be tough. But physical activity keeps your muscles strong and can increase your range of motion. Not exercising regularly can make your muscles weak and can add to the pain and stiffness of arthritis. The key to exercising with arthritis is to find the right physical activity for you. Learn more.
Veteran applying sunscreen

Are You Protected Against Skin Cancer?

Summer is the time to kick back, relax, and enjoy being outside, but your time in the sun comes with a serious risk: skin cancer. You can enjoy outdoor activities, but everyone needs sunscreen, a hat, or frequent breaks from the sun's rays. Prevent skin cancer today. Learn more.
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Three Ways to Check Your VA Lab Tests

You may have more questions than answers when viewing your lab tests results. My HealtheVet is here to help you understand how to read your results because they play an important role in your health and health care. Learn more.
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Take a Deep Breath: Asthma Basics

Spring means spending more time outdoors, bike riding, gardening, and barbecues. People with mild asthma may find that when humidity levels and temperatures soar, their asthma symptoms begin to act up. By knowing the causes of your asthma, even those with the most sensitive noses and lungs can enjoy summer activities. Learn more.

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and (PRESS 1). Learn more.
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