Living Veterans Reflection Paper

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Reading module 6, I have learned out of the 22 million living Veterans, 8.9 million are enrolled in VA Healthcare. The VA provides care to 6.3 million veterans. The three most common health issues are (1) musculoskeletal, (2) mental health, and (3) symptoms, signs, and ill-defined conditions. There are about 11,000 more veterans with a possible diagnosis of PTSD have presented to Veterans Centers. Family members seek care in the community to deal with deployment-related stress. I was shocked to find out that 56% of community providers do not routinely ask their patients about being a current or formers members of the Armed Forces or a family member. I learned that it is important to ask every patient this question, “Have you or someone close
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