About Have you Ever Served in the Military?
Managed and designed by the American Academy of Nursing, the Have You Ever Served in the Military? is a new awareness campaign to improve the health of veterans. Have You Ever Served in the Military? encourages healthcare providers to ask about their patients’ military background.
Nurses and other healthcare providers will be given a pocket card listing the most common health concerns linked to military service, as well as questions the provider should ask the veteran. This information will assist providers to obtain a more complete military service history and identify possible health factors or illnesses related to such service.
The academy’s Military & Veterans Health Expert Panel, formed in 2011, studies service members’ health care and develops policy recommendations. To facilitate outreach and proper referral for veterans, the Military & Veterans Health Expert Panel recommended launching the Have you ever served in the military? campaign.
Have You Ever Served in the Military? represents the academy’s commitment to First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces campaign, to mobilize all sectors of the community to support veterans and their families. Nurses, healthcare’s equivalent to the boots on the ground, are uniquely positioned to facilitate this fundamental change of ensuring vital information is obtained and recorded in order to improve the quality of healthcare provided to our veterans and their families.
The academy, with the assistance and cooperation of state commissioners of veterans affairs, is launching Have You Ever Served in the Military? in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
If you have questions or would like to join the campaign, please contact Kim Czubaruk.
Healing the Wounds of War
Linda Schwartz, a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, former commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veteran's Affairs, and now U.S. Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, spoke at the Academy's 2013 policy conference in Washington, DC about the unique health concerns of military veterans.
Policy Background & Solution
On behalf of the Academy, fellows and experts on veterans health published background on the problems facing veterans health and how this initiative is one solution.
Research and policy brief appeared in the September 2013 issue of Nursing Outlook, a bi-monthly journal, provides innovative ideas for nursing leaders through peer-reviewed articles and timely reports.
About Joining Forces
The First Lady and Dr. Biden have met with military families, learned about their successes and challenges, and made it their priority to support them. Joining Forces is a comprehensive national initiative to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. Learn more about Joining Forces.