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A friend of mine, former Marine, Vietnam Vet, has an unusual medical condition. He finds any materials against his skin cause him great pain. It is a peculiar and disabling situation that, as you might imagine, affects every aspect of his life. He has no outward signs of injury, but he has been injured and his condition is deemed service-connected. The fellow has trouble sleeping, because even sheets on a bed cause him pain, and he cannot wear most fabrics. No matter the weather, he dresses…Continue
Despite it's name, the VA Medical Center, represents a system of care - not just a hospital. The hospital is the hub of the system and the spokes are community clinics located around the beltway in locations close to your home. For example, the VA Community Clinic in Southern Prince George's County is right across the street from Joint Base Andrews on Allentown Road. It's a small, welcoming environment, where everybody knows your name. You can get a variety of services right there without…Continue
Why are there still homeless Veterans? The answers are as individual as the Vets. Sometimes homelessness is short term, due to job loss or problems keeping up with bills, divorce, or other family changes. Other times homelessness is chronic - as substance abuse and mental illness go untreated. Many Veterans have burned their support bridges and no longer have a couch to crash on or a friend willing to buy them groceries.
VA has made a significant dent in reducing the number of…Continue
Do you recall the phrase "Turning Over A New Leaf"? My Mom used to say it often in regard to my rebellioius childhood behavior. "It's time for you to turn over a new leaf, young lady."
In these early days of January, when we're all considering our new year's resolutions, I think of that saying. My new year's resolution (once again) this year is to exercise more. Once I was very athletic. Now my busy life gives me the perfect excuses to avoid exercise - too busy and too tired. …Continue