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Resources for Health Professions Trainees Coming to VA | Military Health History Pocket Card

Asking Veterans these questions will provide you with information helpful in understanding patients' medical problems and concerns, and in establishing rapport and therapeutic partnerships with military service members and Veterans. Answers may also provide a basis for timely referral to specialized medical resources.

Military Health History Pocket Card
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Asking the questions on this card will be helpful in understanding my medical problems and concerns

  • Ask these questions in a safe and private place.
  • Engage with good eye contact.
  • Use a supportive tone of voice.
  • Thank Veterans if they disclose stressful or traumatic experiences.
  • If you suspect someone is actively at risk for suicide, DO NOT leave them alone.
    Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1).
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Living Situation


Unwanted Sexual Experiences in the Military


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Exposure Concerns




Blood Borne Viruses (Hepatitis and HIV...)


Unique Health Risks for Each Era of Military Service

Download VA’s Exposure Ed app, a tool that helps providers have informed discussions with Veterans about their individual exposure-related concerns and potential impacts on their health. It also provides information on exposure-related programs and benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.