You receive health promotion and disease prevention services from your primary care providers. These services include immunizations to prevent disease, screening tests to detect disease at an early stage, and behavioral counseling to avoid or reduce risk factors for disease. You may also participate in health education programs to help you develop healthy living skills and manage your health problems.
There has been a lot of research in recent years on the best ways to take care of yourself and stay healthy. We encourage you to make healthy living behaviors part of your daily life.
Talk to your VA provider and check out the following websites:
VA maintains health registries related to environmental and occupational exposures of U.S. Veterans during military service, including Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Gulf War, Vietnam, World War II, and atomic test activities. These registries include a free specialized and comprehensive health examination provided by a VA Environmental Health (EH) clinician.
Contact your local EH Coordinator to request information about registry examinations or visit the Environmental Agents Service (EAS) Web site http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/, where you will also find links to newsletters covering related topics:
Another resource is VA’s toll-free special health issues helpline, 800-749-8387.