Today, 29 March 2019 is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. A couple of years ago the Boston Red Sox hosted a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. We were fed and hydrated, walked through the left field door at Fenway Park, walked on to the field to the cheers of a full stadium. It was an emotional experience for many of us. After the ceremony, we were treated to the game.
There's an issue associated with all wars NOT just the Vietnam War and the issue is Health! There are a variety of various health issues from physical to mental. The ones we hear most about are PTSD and OA (Agent Orange), associated with Vietnam. The Mideast wars have Burn Pit related health issues on top of PTSD. Today the suicide rate among veterans is said to be 22 per day. Now suicide within the active duty ranks is gaining notice! The article below is provided by the VA about Vietnam War health issues.
Keep us in your prayers, please.
Vietnam War Veterans Health Issues
It's important to understand the health care needs of Vietnam War veterans because of the long-term effects of military service during the Vietnam War era. If you served during the Vietnam War, you may be at risk of certain health conditions. Understanding these needs will allow you to receive better care.
Learn about these conditions and what to do next to take care of your health.
Health risks related to Vietnam War
Diseases related to Agent Orange: A toxic chemical used to clear trees and plants that can cause long-term health effects
Hepatitis C: A disease that can harm your liver
Hearing problems caused by noise: Harmful sounds from guns, explosives, rockets, heavy weapons, jets and aircraft, and machinery that can cause or add to hearing loss and ringing in the ears
Illnesses or injuries caused by job-related hazards: Chemicals, paints, radiation, and other hazards you may have come across
What you can do now
Take these steps to make sure you're taking care of your health:
Talk to your primary health care provider or your local VA environmental health coordinator about other health concerns related to your military service. Remember, you can use Secure Messaging (login required) to send a private note to your doctor if you have any questions or worries.
Ask your local VA environmental health coordinator about getting a free Agent Orange Registry health exam.
Be sure your doctor knows if you have a history of Agent Orange exposure. Because of the possibility of increased cancer risk, your doctor may suggest cancer screening tests and to report any symptoms as soon as they appear.
Veterans are at risk for many types of cancer just like everyone else, even if they haven't been exposed to Agent Orange. You can lower your risk of cancer and other diseases by quitting smoking, staying at a healthy weight, getting regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet.