Health & fitness resources for the military community

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Cancer
Chiropractor
Dental
Fitness (includes free gym memberships)
Health and wellness solutions
Health information resources
Hospice
Medical
Terminal illness
Yoga & alternative therapies


Cancer

Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry
https://veteran.mobilehealth.va.gov/AHBurnPitRegistry/index.html#page/home
The Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry helps service members and veterans report exposures to airborne hazards such as burn pits, oil well fires and other forms of pollution and document their health problems.


Asbestos.com
www.asbestos.com
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are currently 25 million living individuals who have served in the United States' armed forces. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of these living veterans were exposed to toxic asbestos-containing materials during military service. According to a revealing statistic, more than 30 percent of Americans beset with a terrible disease called mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos during military service. What is mesothelioma? It is a rapacious cancer that attacks the internal lining of the lungs, abdomen, and heart.

Widely used by every military branch, asbestos was highly regarded for its heat resistance and fireproofing capabilities. In fact, asbestos was so valued that the military even mandated widespread usage before eventually phasing out the material in the 1970s.

Most military divisions utilized the caustic substance mainly for insulation purposes, but more than 300 products containing asbestos were used by the military, primarily by the Navy from the 1930s through the 1970s. Every ship and shipyard built by the Navy before the mid-70s was fitted with numerous asbestos-containing materials.

Asbestos.com offers information on mesothelioma & veterans, as well as a complete list of occupations, ships, and shipyards that could have put our Veterans at risk for developing a mesothelioma disease. Additionally their Veterans Assistance Department offers extensive experience in filing VA claims and can help any veteran coping with mesothelioma receive benefits from the VA system.


Iraq/Afghanistan Burn Pit Awareness
https://www.facebook.com/IABurnPits/
This group is dedicated to spreading the word about the dangers and serious toxic effects of the trash burning pits still in operation on U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Items burned in the pits have included medical waste, plastics, computer parts, oil, lubricants, paint, tires and foam cups, according to soldiers and contractors. Some say amputated body parts from Iraqi patients were burned in Balad, site of a large U.S. military hospital." -latimes.com

Two pits in Balad have since been replaced with incinerators, but other bases in Iraq and Afghanistan still operate huge burn pits, and the black, noxious fumes from them still waft across the bases.

"Troops in both theaters (Iraq & Afghanistan) have reported respiratory problems, cancers, neurological diseases, heart problems and other issues that they believe are linked to exposure to smoke from the pits. Cases of respiratory illnesses among active-duty troops have risen steadily since 2001."

Our mission is to spread awareness and spur discussion about the issue of burn pits and their possible solution.


Mesothelioma Fund
http://www.mesotheliomafund.com/
Over $30 billion dollars is available through mesothelioma and asbestos trust funds. Filing for compensation from a trust fund can be a complicated process, but we can help.


Mesothelioma Guide
www.MesotheliomaGuide.com
Throughout the 1920’s to the late 1970’s asbestos contaminated materials (ACMs) were used aboard many military vehicles and vessels. Asbestos was used in insulation, ceiling and floor tiles, pipe coverings, and in brakes and gaskets. All these materials were found on navy ships, aircrafts, and in military barracks. 

Hundreds of thousands of military men and women were exposed to asbestos because of these materials. Asbestos causes different debilitating diseases, like asbestosis and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer in which asbestos fibers become lodged into the lining of the lungs, heart, and abdomen. Tumors begin to grow because of these fibers. 3,500 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma per year, and one third of those are veterans. The average life expectancy for patients with mesothelioma is 6-18 months. There is currently no cure.

Mesothelioma Guide is a website that offers easy to understand information about mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment options, and prognosis. We offer free mesothelioma information guides that include valuable ways to improve a patient’s prognosis. We also offer a unique doctor match program that matches patients with an experienced mesothelioma specialist. We advocate for asbestos and mesothelioma awareness with free wristbands.


Mesothelioma Help
www.mesotheliomahelp.org
MesotheliomaHelp, America’s Mesothelioma resource, is one of the web’s primary resources for information on malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Our team of writers, supporters and sponsors of this site are dedicated to bringing the latest, most comprehensive mesothelioma information to patients, families and caregivers.

Our goal is to provide the appropriate information to families battling mesothelioma to empower them to participate in making the decisions about their care, and to offer some measure of hope and support.


Mesothelioma Help Now
http://www.mesotheliomahelpnow.com/
We are here to educate and support mesothelioma patients and their families. Research has shown the more you know about a disease, the better prepared you'll be to cope with everything that comes your way. So, let's learn, share, and take action together.


Mesothelioma.Net
http://mesothelioma.net/
We provide mesothelioma patients with free resources, support, education,
and referrals to experienced mesothelioma doctors.

We are a current sponsor of the American Cancer Society, MD Anderson
Cancer Center, Make a Wish Foundation  and the National Patient Travel
Center.


The Pink Tank Project (Minnesota National Guard)
http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/pinktank/
The Pink Tank Project was developed to raise breast cancer awareness among Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen and the general public.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. The Pink Tank Project demonstrates that our Soldiers and Airmen are equally as likely to be identified with breast cancer as the general public.

By becoming a member of the Pink Tank Project, you are making a promise to yourself to conduct monthly breast self exams and mammograms as directed by your health care provider. By liking our page, you will receive monthly reminders to conduct your breast self exam. Help us raise awareness by liking us on facebook and sharing the page with your friends!


Vets Fighting Breast Cancer
http://www.vetsfightingbreastcancer.com/
We are dedicated to the education, prevention and treatment of breast cancer in US veterans and research for a vaccine. Programs include education, grants for screening, mammography, surgery, chemotherapy and follow up care not covered by the VA.


Chiropractor

America's Chiropractic Center's Military Care Program (Indianapolis, IN)
http://www.americaschiropracticcenter.com/free-care-for-veterans
Serving our nation is one of the greatest services a person can perform. That is why America’s Chiropractic Center is proud to announce our “Military Care Program”. This program is designed to give any US military veteran returning from overseas deployment to Afghanistan and/or Iraq, chiropractic care at no cost. (The veteran will need to show his/her DD 214 or copy of orders at the first visit for this free service.)

We are the only healthcare providers in the Indianapolis area, which we know of, that provide this free service for our troops. While deployed to the Middle East in 2008, Dr. Chris Sherman would treat troops with back or neck pain for free in his spare time. (Dr. Chris was not deployed as a chiropractor.) The chiropractic care was very beneficial and greatly appreciated. After returning home, Dr. Chris felt he should carry on this free service back in the states. As an Air Force Veteran, and still an Air Force Reservist, Dr. Chris feels he owes the military for the life he lives right now. That is why we are offering this benefit for those who have put their lives on the line defending our country.

So, if you know of any veteran returning from Afghanistan or Iraq, please let them know we would love to help.


The Patriot Project - Military chiropractic care
http://patriot-project.org/
The Patriot Project provides chiropractic care to active duty military, their families, service connected veterans and all gold star dependents free of charge. We have doctors in all fifty states.


Dental

A Soldier's Smile
http://www.acedentalresource.com/soldiers-smile/
The A Soldier's Smile events are philanthropic cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures given to U.S. soldiers in need of professional dental care. Our troops deserve a reason to smile and participating dentists from the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics (ACE) will be providing the necessary cosmetic and restorative dental care to select troops to reach this goal and to show our nations appreciation for their time spent serving our great country. The soldiers will be receiving treatments at individual ACE cosmetic dental practices across the nation and the coverage will be fueled by local and national media outlets to promote awareness.

TriCare Dental Program (MetLife)
http://www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Dental
MetLife is proud to offer the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) to active duty family members and National Guard and Reserve members and their families. Take advantage of the cost effective dental coverage and convenience of having access to over 206,000 MetLife network locations. Join the 1.9 million military members who already protect their smiles and save money with the TDP. 


Fitness

Catch a Lift
http://www.catchaliftfund.com/
The mission of Catch a Lift is to help wounded post 9-11 service members start and maintain their healing process, both mentally and physically, through physical fitness by providing them with gifted gym memberships or home gym equipment, anywhere in the United States.


HealthClubs.com (free memberships)
http://www.healthclubs.com/joiningforces
The IHRSA Joining Forces Network is honored to support Joining Forces, a national initiative that mobilizes all sectors of society to give American service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. The IHRSA Joining Forces Network will offer free memberships to immediate family members (ages 13 and older, where applicable) of actively deployed reservists and National Guard members.


Operation Live Well
http://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Operation-Live-Well
Operation Live Well has a singular focus: YOUR HEALTH!

This site is specifically designed for every individual in the military community - to provide tools that you can use today, as well as information and resources that can help sustain or improve your health, and help you lead a healthy lifestyle.


USAF Fit Factor
www.afgetfit.com
FitFactor is one key component of the overall Air Force Youth Programs fitness and health initiative that has reached more than 75,000 youth. Air Force Airman and Family Services is proud to continue the FitFactor initiative and encourage youth, teens and families to be physically active every day, make healthy nutrition choices and Get Up, Get Out and Get Fit!

FitFactor challenges you to be active each day, eat right and make healthy lifestyle choices. Whether you are just getting started or a seasoned champ, FitFactor can help you set your fitness goals, keep track of your progress and offers prizes for reaching your goals! We can all take steps to lead a healthier lifestyle and FitFactor can help. So sign up now and start moving!


USAF Fit Family
www.usaffitfamily.com
FitFamily is a web based goal incentive program. Families have the opportunity to set goals and monitor their progress.

The FitFamily website provides resources, ideas and goal setting tools to help Air Force Families be active, make healthy nutrition choices and have fun in an effort to promote overall wellness.

FitFamily is open to all active duty, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, DoD 
and civilian families.


USAF LivingFit
www.usaflivingfit.com
LivingFit will help you achieve a healthier lifestyle through good nutrition and balanced activity. Because your health is so important, LivingFit will provide you with
  • Sample meal plans
  • Goal activities specific for you
  • Healthy eating tips

And we’ll even help keep track of progress toward your goal. LivingFit is an easy and fun way for you to achieve your individual goals!

When taking care of your body, there are two basic components that you have total control over – what goes IN, also know as the food we eat, and what goes OUT, or how many calories we burn when we move. Finding the balance between what goes IN and what goes OUT is the key to success in weight maintenance and being healthier.


Veterans Alternative (Holiday, FL)
http://www.veteransalternative.org/
The mission of Veterans Alternative is to serve veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress related to combat and/or military sexual trauma and their families through a resiliency & strength-based program utilizing proven alternative therapies.


Warrior Wellness Center (Toms River, NJ)
http://www.warriorwellnesscenter.com/
The Warrior Wellness Center (WWC) is a nonprofit organization that provides health and wellness training to all military, veterans, and their families at no cost. The programs at the WTC promote physical and mental health stability that is instrumental in the recovery of our nations returning warriors and their families.

Warrior Values
W isdom – to know and understand that physical health is vital to recovery
A cceptance – Accept your disabilities and use them as a tool to better yourself
R ecreation – Have fun
R elaxation – Use the programs to work off the stress
I ndependence – The ability to take responsibility for your recovery
O rganization – Gather your life and regain the control you once had
R espect – Respect yourself, your family, and those that are there to help you


YMCA Military Outreach Initiative (free memberships)
www.ymca.net/military-outreach/
Deployment can be a stressful and uncertain time for our nation’s servicemen and women and their families. In partnership with the Armed Services YMCA and the Department of Defense, the Y is proud to offer memberships and respite child care services to eligible military families and personnel to give them extra support during this difficult period. It’s our way of giving back to those who dedicate themselves to serving our country.


Health and wellness solutions

Semper Fidelus Health and Wellness
www.semperfidelishealthandwellness.org
Semper Fidelis Health & Wellness is a community based nonprofit corporation founded by two US Marine Corps Veterans. We are proud to be the FIRST and ONLY Integrative health and wellness solution providing health and wellness education and programs to our nation's Wounded Warriors, Active Duty & Reserve Military, Veterans, First Responders and their families.


Health information resources

My HealtheVet
https://www.myhealth.va.gov/index.html
My HealtheVet is the VA's Personal Health Record. It was designed for veterans, active duty Servicemembers, their dependents and caregivers. My HealtheVet helps you partner with your health care team. It provides you opportunities and tools to make informed decisions.


Hospice

We Honor Veterans
http://www.wehonorveterans.org/
We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), invites hospices, state hospice organizations, Hospice-Veteran Partnerships and VA facilities to join a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment. By recognizing the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families, community providers, in partnership with VA staff, will learn how to accompany and guide them through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending.

We Honor Veterans provides educational tools and resources in advancing these goals: 
  • Promote veteran-centric educational activities
  • Increase organizational capacity to serve Veterans
  • Support development of strategic partnerships
  • Increase access and improve quality


Medical

Relay Health (Secure messaging system)
https://app.relayhealth.com/patients/registration.aspx
24-hour clinical access is available via Relay Health secured messaging for non-urgent concerns. Patients may sign up to use secured messaging.


TriCare
www.tricare.mil
TRICARE is the health care program serving Uniformed Service members, retirees and their families worldwide.


TRICARE Nurse Advice Line
TRICARE's Nurse Advice Line is available to all TRICARE beneficiaries in the United States, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 1-800-TRICARE (1-800-874-2273) and selecting option 1.

The Nurse Advice Line is staffed by registered nurses who answer urgent health care questions. They give beneficiaries professional health care advice to help determine if self-care is the best option or if you or your family member should see a health care provider. The Nurse Advice Line is not intended for emergencies and is not a substitute for emergency treatment. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.


Terminal illness

Dreams for Veterans
http://www.dreamfoundation.org/veterans
Dreams for Veterans serves our nation’s military communities by giving back to terminally ill veterans and their families through the fulfillment of a final dream.

Final dreams range from basic need items (like a working appliance or mobility scooter) to bedside reunions, final vacations with family, “meet and greets” with personal heroes or reconnecting with aspects of former military service.

A dream not only serves the recipient, but also brings comfort and peace to caregivers, loved ones, hospice professionals, veterans affairs and service officers, and all those they serve in communities across the nation.

We serve veterans in all 50 states and partner with America’s hospice professionals and veterans organizations to meet the unique needs of our nation’s veterans.


Veteran Homestead
www.veteranhomestead.org
Veteran Homestead provides medical, psychological, and spiritual care to veterans that are diagnosed with a terminal illness, are elderly and/or disabled or otherwise in need. We provide these services without regard to race, religion or sexual orientation. All of our programs are drug and alcohol free and every effort is made to help those seeking abstinence.


Yoga & alternative therapies

C.O.D.E. FITNESS...   Crossfit Training & Yoga Classes (Ruskin, FL)
http://www.mywarriorsplace.org/code-fitness-yoga.html
The yoga program at My Warrior’s Place includes trauma-sensitive yoga as developed by Warriors At Ease and iRest® yoga nidra, which is a form of meditative self-inquiry from the teachings of yoga. iRest® has been proven through military research to induce deep relaxation throughout the body and mind, eliminate stress, overcome insomnia, solve personal and interpersonal problems, resolve trauma, neutralize and overcome anxiety, fear, anger, and depression.


Comeback Yoga (Denver, CO)
http://www.comebackyoga.org/
The purpose of Comeback Yoga is to assist veterans in returning to healthy life function by providing vets and their support network with free access to appropriately designed yoga classes at the VA hospital, VA Outpatient Clinics, VFW. Post #1, and free veteran only classes at selected yoga studios in Denver, Colorado 


Exalted Warrior Foundation
http://www.exaltedwarrior.com/
The Exalted Warrior Foundation facilitates an adaptive yoga instruction program that is designed for wounded warriors in the active military, veteran hospital facilities, and veterans within communities around the country.


Give Back Yoga Foundation
http://givebackyoga.org/resources-for-veterans/
The Give Back Yoga Foundation is pleased to offer a selection of sponsored materials to veterans or active duty servicemembers at no charge.


G.I. Yoga (Operation Support Our Troops - America) (Wheaton, IL)
http://www.osotamerica.org/programs/g-i-yoga/
G. I. Yoga which offers yoga classes free to veterans and their family members. 
Yoga is a powerful agent of change, and not simply a form of exercise. Within a safe community of fellow veterans and their family members, you will learn practices to release stress, sleep better, ease aches and pains, lower blood pressure, increase strength, flexibility, balance and focus, and develop tools to help manage the symptoms of PTS and TBI. This is your chance to discover the benefits of yoga: vigor and vitality, balance, peace, and a sense of well-being. No prior experience is needed. *Mats, blocks, straps and blankets provided. Just show up!


The Big Red Barn Retreat (Blythewood, SC)
http://www.thebigredbarnretreat.org/
The Big Red Barn Retreat is a 501(c)(3) and strives to create a peaceful, nurturing, therapeutic haven in a natural setting to provide a feeling of peace, tranquility and a sense of connection and stability for those in need. We service those suffering from PTSD and other combat related stress issues. We currently offer equine assisted psychotherapy and therapeutic yoga. For more information, visit our website at www.thebigredbarnretreat.org

Therapeutic Yoga - The Big Red Barn Retreat is honored to partner with Begin With Yoga and Wellness to offer therapeutic yoga for those suffering from combat related stress issues, traumatic brain injuries, and physical injuries or aliments. Private classes for those suffering from combat related stress issues can be scheduled by contacting Ginger Doughty at (803) 315-0390. Open yoga classes are also available on Mondays at 6PM and Thursdays at 4:30PM. 


United We Om - Mission Yoga: Long Island (Long Island, NY)
http://www.unitedweom.org/mission-long-island.html
United We Om, Veterans Yoga Project and Team Red, White and Blue partner to make yoga and meditation available to all Long Island veterans, service members, and their families, free of charge.


Veterans Alternative (Holiday, FL)
http://www.veteransalternative.org/
The mission of Veterans Alternative is to serve veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress related to combat and/or military sexual trauma and their families through a resiliency & strength-based program utilizing proven alternative therapies.


Veterans Yoga Project
http://www.veteransyogaproject.org/
Veterans Yoga Project is an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of military veterans. Working in partnership with veterans, active-duty military personnel, student veterans organizations, and other non-profit organizations, Veterans Yoga Project supports recovery and promotes resilience among veterans, their families, and their communities.


Yoga for Vets - Four free yoga classes
www.yogaforvets.org
This website is for war or conflict veterans that served, or are currently serving, in the United States military. We list studios, gyms, teachers, and veterans' hospitals that offer at least four free classes to combat veterans. Yoga For Vets simply wants to allow veterans to see the benefits of yoga through four free classes. Take free classes! See what yoga can do for you!
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