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Military/Veterans' Health: Military/Veterans Health Information
There are many resources at NOVA and on the web to help you learn more about issues in veterans' health care.
Many students who have had a TBI may worry about whether they are ready to go back to school and how, or if, they can succeed. It is not only possible to go to school, but it is possible to do very well.
Available in Spanish and English, this site offers a self-assessment questionnaire for the user to determine whether or not current symptoms are consistent with a condition or concern that would benefit from further evaluation or treatment. It is not intended to provide a diagnosis, but can offer guidance as to where the user might also seek assistance. The self-assessments are voluntary and anonymous.
Military service members and veterans have made sacrifices to our country, and they face different health issues than civilians. During their service, they are at risk for various injuries. These injuries can happen during combat, while others involve physical stress to the body.
Being in combat and being separated from your family can be stressful. The stress can put service members and veterans at risk for mental health problems.
If you are missing an arm or leg, an artificial limb can sometimes replace it. The device, which is called a prosthesis, can help you to perform daily activities such as walking, eating, or dressing. Some artificial limbs let you function nearly as well as before.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when a bump, blow, jolt, or other head injury causes damage to the brain. Every year, millions of people in the U.S. suffer brain injuries. More than half are bad enough that people must go to the hospital. The worst injuries can lead to permanent brain damage or death.
You can get PTSD after living through or seeing a traumatic event, such as war, a hurricane, sexual assault, physical abuse, or a bad accident. PTSD makes you feel stressed and afraid after the danger is over.
Suicide is the tenth most common cause of death in the United States. People may consider suicide when they are hopeless and can't see any other solution to their problems. Often it's related to serious depression, alcohol or substance abuse, or a major stressful event.
Sponsors peer support services for amputees. Provides list of support groups for every state, and booklets and pamphlets of special interest to the amputee. Distributes donated medical equipment to those in need.