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10 of the Stories Most Read by Vets on VA Web Site

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Top of the list for stories Veterans are most interested in? VA’s new Dental Insurance program.

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer
Monday, July 14, 2014

Twice a week, 52 weeks a year, the home page of the Veterans Health Administration, features an article about topics important to Veterans and their families. From PTSD studies to dental insurance, the website is a valuable gateway to dozens of programs and services available to those who served. Here’s just a short list of some of the most popular… and helpful…stories from the past few months.

1. Dental Insurance Anyone?

Eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), can now purchase affordable dental insurance.

2. 10th Anniversary of My HealtheVet

My HealtheVet is VA’s award-winning website that offers Veterans secure access to information in their VA health care records anywhere and anytime. Its web-based tools give users greater control over their care and wellness, helping them become active partners in their health care.

3. The Silent Epidemic of Diabetes

It affects nearly 20 percent of Veterans who use the VA health care system, more than one million Veterans at any given time.

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4. Are You a Caregiver for a Veteran?

Free Online Workshop - Building Better Caregivers - is a six-week online workshop for family caregivers of Veterans. If you are taking care of a Veteran, this workshop will help you learn a variety of skills like time and stress management, healthy eating, exercise and dealing with difficult emotions.

5. 27 Things You Should Know about PTSD

An important and helpful list of “27 Things to Know” about post-traumatic stress disorder, compiled by the experts at VA’s National Center for PTSD, which conducts research and provides education on trauma and PTSD.

6. Top Ten Health Resources for Veterans

Whether you are a Veteran, related to one, or count a Veteran as a good friend, here is a valuable list of some of the things we do for America’s Veterans. We hope you put this at the top of your Favorites list, save it in the device of your choice or maybe just print it out and hang it on the fridge.

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7. Find Out if You Are Eligible for VA Health Benefits

VA’s comprehensive medical benefits package offers care and services that are designed to promote good health, preserve your current health and restore you to better health. Enrollment begins with the application process. The very first step in obtaining access to VA health care benefits is to apply.

8. Weight Loss for Those with Disabilities

It seems simple: Exercise harder. Eat better. Lose those extra few pounds. But what are the options for a person who can’t stand, let alone crank out pushups or run a 5K? How does someone eat healthy when grocery shopping and cooking dinner are both major challenges?

9. PTSD: Exposure versus Cognitive Therapy

The Department of Veterans Affairs is conducting a 17-site, $10 million study that will examine the two leading forms of treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder: Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy.

10. Vitamin E Slows Alzheimer’s in VA Trial

Vitamin E helped slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in Veterans with mild to moderate symptoms in a trial reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. More than 600 Veterans from 14 VA medical centers around the country took part in the VA-sponsored trial.

Here’s the link to all the VA Hospitals, Clinics and Vet Centers.