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Diabetes in the Military

by Laura Hieronymus, MSEd, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, and Pamela Rickerson, RN, MSN, CDE

Health care for veterans
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) houses the largest integrated health-care system in the United States. The VHA consists of 152 medical centers and almost 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics. Other resources such as community living centers, centers for veterans and residential living are within the VHA. Among the employees, the VHA employs a number of licensed health-care professionals to help provide expert care to veterans across the United States. Veterans who qualify for VHA services and medical coverage can search the Veterans Affairs Web site using a tool that lists physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, and psychologists to help them find a health-care team to work with to determine an individualized plan of care, including care for diabetes-related needs.

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has developed programs for preventive nutrition and wellness, as well as various illness-focused nutrition training at the Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers and health-care facilities throughout the nation. Many VA medical centers and outpatient clinics offer a full range of diabetes services. In addition, veterans can work with the diabetes program staff to establish the necessary resources to assist with optimal diabetes care (such as blood glucose monitoring supplies and medicines).

More than 800,000 people with diabetes receive care through the VHA. To help you find a VA facility in your state, use the online VA locator tools listed in “Veterans Health Administration Resources”.

Battling diabetes
Staying healthy can often be a battle in itself when you have diabetes. For military personnel, veterans, and their families that qualify for such programs, resources exist to promote health and well-being. Diabetes and health services are of utmost quality and reasonably available. Take advantage of such services to be in the best possible health. You deserve it.

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