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VA shingles vaccine

The VA Shingles Vaccine – What Veterans Should Know

Updated: December 23, 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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IDES - Military Medical Evaluations

Military Medical Evaluation Process & IDES

Updated: November 2, 2022

When it comes to getting chaptered out due to service-related injuries, many soldiers believe that when they get severely hurt, they can just get a medical board after having a long-standing profile. Believe it or not, this is extremely hard to obtain unless the solution is obvious. And depending on your injury, you’ll have an […]

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Flu Vacine

Free Flu Shots for Veterans, Active Duty

Updated: November 4, 2022

Flu season is serious. There are so many cases of influenza every year that the CDC does not record them individually for a variety of reasons. As many as 49,000 people may die in a given year regardless of age from flu or flu-related complications. Active duty members of the military are required to have […]

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VASRD Infectious Diseases Immune Disorders Nutritional Deficiencies

VASRD: Infectious Diseases, Immune Disorders and Nutritional Deficiencies

Updated: November 4, 2022

The Veteran Affairs Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) includes a section defining procedures and ratings for infectious diseases, immune disorders and nutritional deficiencies. Some medical issues may be service-connected, some were pre-existing conditions prior to military service and others may develop after starting military duty or retirement/separation. What follows are descriptions of medical conditions reviewed […]

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Medicare Premiums

Medicare Premiums for 2022 and 2022

Updated: October 13, 2022

In 2023, part B Medicare premiums will decrease by $5.20 per month to $164.90. The decrease comes after last year’s $21.60 monthly increase to $170.10, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The annual deductible for all Medicare Part B beneficiaries is $233 in 2022, a $30 increase from 2021. In 2023, Medicare […]

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Organizations Helping Veterans With PTSD

Organizations Helping PTSD Veterans

Updated: November 3, 2022

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur when an individual experiences a traumatic event like combat, military sexual trauma, violence, and terrorism. It is normal for most people to have a stress reaction after a traumatic experience. But, if the response doesn’t dissipate or begins to disrupt daily life, then you may have PTSD. According to […]

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VASRD Musculoskeletal System

VASRD: Musculoskeletal System

Updated: November 3, 2022

The Veteran Affairs Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) has a section covering the musculoskeletal system and injuries and/or medical conditions there may be VA compensation for depending on the nature, severity and permanence of the condition. There are too many sections of the musculoskeletal system portion of the schedule to list comprehensively. The purpose of […]

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Health Protection Condition Levels HPCON Levels

What to Know About Health Protection Condition Levels

Updated: November 3, 2022

The term Health Protection Condition (HPCON) levels became more widely used as news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic increased. Many Americans were awash in medical jargon related to the outbreak and its containment. ”Covid-19,” “sheltering in place,” “HPCON levels” — there is much to keep track of when a public health emergency prevents life from […]

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TRICARE Prime

TRICARE Prime

Updated: December 23, 2022

TRICARE health insurance options are available to service members, their spouses, and dependents. There are a variety of health insurance plans under TRICARE to choose from depending on the status of the current duty station, and the best options for dependents: TRICARE Prime TRICARE Prime Remote TRICARE Prime Overseas TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas TRICARE Select […]

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Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP)

Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP)

Updated: November 4, 2022

The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program, also known as FLTCIP, is a long-term insurance program offered to federal employees, U.S. Postal Service workers, and military members. For military enrollees, the program is open to active-duty and retired service members and qualified relatives. What You Should Know About FLTCIP Before Getting Started The Federal Long […]

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