Senior veterans face different health issues as a result of the many sacrifices they’ve made during active military service. Veterans are at risk of various injuries and health problems during and even after their duty.
Physical injuries include shrapnel and gunshot wounds that may also leave metal fragments in the body. Veterans who suffered from a significant blow to the head or body are also concerned about the potential of a traumatic brain injury.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), veterans are significantly more likely to have two or more chronic diseases. This include diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
The stress of being away from family and of combat experience can affect a veteran’s psychological well-being in a complexity of ways. Veterans’ mental health concerns include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression.
During an emergency, it is important that these medical conditions are made known to emergency respondents. Medical IDs can help veterans inform responders about their health conditions even when they’re unable to communicate. Custom engraved medical ID tags, bracelets, or necklaces can help veterans receive prompt and accurate diagnosis which is essential in the delivery of effective treatment that all veterans deserve.
VHA Directive on Medical Alert Bracelets for Veterans
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Directive provides a policy regarding the provision of medical ID bracelets or pendants with custom engraved medical information for veterans. This means that the Veterans Administration covers the full costs of medical IDs for veterans.
If you are a veteran, you are eligible to claim a medical ID at no cost to you under this directive. Watch the following video on how to claim your medical alert ID from American Medical ID:
WATCH: Veterans, How to Claim Your Medical ID Benefit
American Medical ID supports the Veterans Health Administration’s policy on medical IDs and hope to spread awareness so more veterans can claim this benefit. Are you a veteran and have questions about claiming your medical ID? Leave us a comment here on Stuff Seniors Need or visit our website, https://www.americanmedical-id.com/va