The Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy has established Task Force Ocean — part of an effort to further assess the state of ocean science in the Navy, which encompasses its oceanographic infrastructure, technologies, technical workforce and how ocean science is applied to naval operations.
Researchers from VA and the Department of Defense (DOD) recently released findings of a new study called Prospective Post-Traumatic Stress disorder Symptom Trajectories in Active Duty and Separated Military Personnel, which examines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms in Veterans, compared with active-duty populations.
This is the first known study comparing PTSD symptom trajectories of current service members with those of Veterans, and is the product of a collaborative effort from VA and DOD researchers analyzing data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), the largest prospective health study of military service members.
According to VA’s National Center for PTSD, the PTSD rate among Vietnam Veterans was 30.9 percent for men and 26.9 percent for women. For Gulf War Veterans, the PTSD rate was 12.1 percent. Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans had a PTSD rate of 13.8 percent.
“Knowing there are similarities in how PTSD affects service members and Veterans makes it easier to pinpoint which treatments are the best to control the condition,” said Dr. Edward Boyko, an epidemiologist and internist at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Washington state, and VA’s lead researcher on the Millennium Cohort Study.
Officials involved with the project said they are hoping the collaboration will improve the understanding of Veterans’ health needs, relative to their experiences in service.
“The data that MCS researchers have been collecting since 2001 is incredibly valuable for both the DOD and VA,” said Dr. Dennis Faix, director of the Millennium Cohort Study and preventive medicine physician. “Going forward, working with VA will allow both agencies to make sure we are getting the best information to develop a comprehensive understanding of the continuum of health in current and former service members.”
The results of the joint VA DOD study will appear in the Journal of Psychiatric Research’s June 2017 issue. It is the first of many joint future publications expected to result from the collaboration between VA and MCS.
You can learn more about the study here: http://millenniumcohort.org/.
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Sometimes you come across those stories that just make you smile. This is one of those.
Ervin Smolinski served in the Navy during World War II. On March 17 this year — St. Patrick’s Day — he turned 94 years old. One of his birthday presents from his daughter-in-law was a scratch-off ticket from the Michigan Lottery.
“Every month, I buy some instant tickets and send them as gifts to family members who have birthdays that month,” Smolinski told Michigan Lottery staff. “It’s turned in to a bit of a tradition, and now everyone sends me scratch offs and chocolate for my birthday.”
“I had four Double Bonus Cashword tickets and the big winner was the first one I scratched,” said Smolinski. That big winner was worth $300,000.
“I’ve seen a lot in my time, and I don’t get worked up too easily. I think my son-in-law was more worked up than I was.”
The WWII Veteran says he plans to invest his winnings, buy a new shed and buy a newer, but still used car.
“I’m pretty frugal, I always shop sales and take care of my money and that won’t change. The only thing that will change is I won’t have as much stress in my life worrying about money,” Smolinski said.
Happy birthday, and congratulations, Ervin!
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Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) today released the hearing schedule for March 27 – 31.
The following event is open to the press:
WHO: Subcommittee on Health
WHAT: Legislative Hearing
WHEN: 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 29, 2017
WHERE: 334 Cannon House Office Building and streaming at veterans.house.gov
Draft legislation: The Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017
H.R. 91, the Building Supportive Networks for Women Veterans Act
H.R. 95: The Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act
H.R. 467: The VA Scheduling Accountability Act
H.R. 907: The Newborn Care Improvement Act
H.R. 918: The Veterans Urgent Access to Mental Health Care Act
H.R. 1005: To improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans
H.R. 1162: The No Hero Left Untreated Act
H.R. 1545: To clarify VA’s authority to disclose certain patient information to state controlled substance monitoring programs
H.R. 1662: To prohibit smoking in any VHA facility
Read more here:: “Legislative Hearing on: Draft legislation, the Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017; H.R. 91, the Building Supportive Networks for Women Veterans Act; H.R. 95, the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act; H.R. 467, the VA Scheduling Account…
“So I told my parents I wouldn’t be home for two weeks. But I actually came home today and surprised them. My mother wasn’t expecting me so it was a perfect surprise for her birthday that was a couple of days later.” – Damion Schultz
VA announced today a new online schedule for all VA national cemeteries that will allow families, friends and community members to find time and location information for those being interred.
“We pride ourselves on continuously improving customer satisfaction and meeting the wishes of Veterans and their loved ones,” said interim Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Ronald E. Walters. “We want manageable information for anyone wishing to pay their respects.”
The new online feature is available to anyone with a smartphone, tablet or computer. Schedules of interments are updated hourly at www.cem.va.gov/dailyburialschedule, though some scheduled services may not be included as families may opt out of posting the information publicly.
Searches can be conducted by location or last name. The daily burial schedule provides date and time of the committal service, the location of the cemetery, as well as the funeral home providing services. The schedule also provides a direct link to the national cemetery’s web page, directions, location of committal shelters and additional information.
VA operates 135 national cemeteries and 33 soldiers’ lots and monument sites in 40 states and Puerto Rico. More than 4 million Americans, including Veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA’s national cemeteries. VA also provides funding to establish, expand, improve and maintain 105 Veterans cemeteries in 47 states and territories including tribal trust lands, Guam, and Saipan. For Veterans not buried in a VA national cemetery, VA provides headstones, markers or medallions to commemorate their service. In 2016, VA honored more than 345,000 Veterans and their loved ones with memorial benefits in national, state, tribal and private cemeteries.
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Nearly 400 injured Veterans and active-duty military members will join volunteers and leading medical and rehabilitative professionals from across the nation for the 31st National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, scheduled March 26-31 in Snowmass Village (near Aspen), Colorado.
The event, hosted by VA and DAV (Disabled American Veterans), is made possible by strategic corporate partnerships, nonprofit organizations and individual donors.
“The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is a life-changing event for the Veterans who participate,” said Dr. David J. Shulkin, secretary of Veterans Affairs. “I am inspired by our Veterans and equally inspired by our staff, who coach and encourage them to dream beyond their imagination, draw from their inner strength and use this clinic to showcase their resilience and courage.”
When Veterans go back to their communities, they bring this experience of a lifetime back to help others, while motivating themselves throughout the entire year. Often referred to as “Miracles on a Mountainside,” the clinic promotes rehabilitation through adaptive Alpine and Nordic skiing, rock climbing, wheelchair self-defense, sled hockey, scuba diving, and other adaptive sports and activities. Studies show adaptive sports provide participants with physical and emotional benefits, including stress relief, reduced dependency on pain and depression medications, and higher achievement in education and employment. The event has also been a starting point for numerous Paralympic athletes.
“Involvement in this event has been life changing for me,” said DAV National Commander David Riley, a past-participant and quadruple amputee Coast Guard Veteran. “This event helped me redefine the perceived limitations I had after losing my limbs. And it does the same thing for hundreds of my fellow Veterans every year.”
Participation is open to active-duty service members and Veterans with spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments, and certain neurological problems and disabilities.
For more information about the winter sports clinic, visit www.wintersportsclinic.org
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Do you want to buy your next wallet or your last wallet?
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All Chromexcel Leather is made by the Horween Leather Company at their facilities in Chicago. The process for Chromexcel® takes 28 working days to complete and involves 89 separate processes.
These classic bi-fold wallets are available in both a deep Black and Rustic Natural finish. Complimenting the beautiful leather on the front of each wallet is a subtle, stamped ITS Logo in the lower right corner. Holding up to ten cards in the four available pockets on the interior, the ITS Horween Leather Wallet also features a large rear section to accommodate almost any currency.
Additionally, UV-resistant ballistic nylon thread is used to bind together each ITS Horween Leather Wallet, ensuring that the stitching remains tight and strong throughout the years.
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U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.