John W. Mitchell

John Mitchell is a contributing writer for He is a United States Navy veteran and a widely published freelance writer covering military affairs, health care, social services and craft beer through his firm, SnowPack Public Relations. He’s also a novelist under the pen name of J. Willis Mitchell. His most recent novel, “Rotors” has just been published. His first novel “Medical Necessity” has a four-star rating on Amazon. Mitchell lives with his wife and writes on the western slope of Colorado. He volunteers each winter as an adaptive downhill ski instructor teaching the joy of the sport to kids, veterans and other skiers living with disabilities.

Articles by John Mitchell

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The VA Shingles Vaccine – What Veterans Should Know

Updated: December 24, 2022

Shingles is a common – but painful – rash caused by the same virus that also ignites chicken pox, according to the American Medical Association. Shingles, known as the herpes zoster virus, most often occurs in people aged 50 or older who have previously contracted chicken pox. Medicine does not completely understand why chicken pox […]

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VA Disability Ratings for Back Pain

Updated: October 11, 2022

Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting about 4.3 million Americans – twice the burden of any other health condition. About 20% of such cases are chronic, lasting a year or more, according to the National Institutes of Health. However, the incidence of low back pain is about […]

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Navy Pilots and Aviation Support Personnel Eligible for Medical Fertility Help

Updated: January 4, 2023

The demands of a Navy aviation career can be a barrier to family planning for female aviators and aviation support personnel in the United States Navy. The Military Family Building Coalition (MFBC), founded by two military spouses, has partnered with WINFertility to provide fertility services to women in aviation. According to The National Infertility Association, […]

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