The health and well-being of all people should be a number one priority, especially to those veterans, military and their families. Unfortunately, it is not a priority. There has been a lot of research done throughout the years that portrays the negative consequences our veterans and military undergo through the transition of military life to civilian life. I admit that when the Trump administration has taken over, health care for veterans and those on active duty have become somewhat better. I strongly believe in order to address this concern, it needs to begin the moment they enlist.
My uncle served in the U.S. Navy for many years. He explained the many great benefits they receive, as well as their families. However, it seems that when it comes to health issues and well-being, improvement could be used. A study published on January 1, 2020 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine examined 9,566 U.S. veterans throughout a 3-year span. Well-being concerns were generally notable for recently isolated veterans, with numerous veterans revealing that they had chronic physical (53%) or mental (33%) well-being conditions.
If our armed forces willingly go into the line of fire to protect and serve the people, how is their health and well-being even an issue? I strongly believe that from the moment they enlist until the moment they are no longer walking this Earth, we should be making sure they are healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally. Their families should also be treated as such. They should have constant check-ups, whether that means a physical, a therapy session, or counseling. While many can argue that they have the Veterans Affairs to assist in this situation, sometimes problems are caught too late.
Since these individuals are away from their families and under a lot of stress, they may not be able to or have access to the help they require immediately. Sometimes, by the time they are retired and have the time to seek the medical assistance, they find out they have many medical issues that could have been prevented if caught earlier on. While we are fortunate enough to have the U.S Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), these approaches do not suffice the care needed. The cost of this is expensive. Also, clinicians and arrangement experts must conquer existing knowledge barriers.
In the long run, while most people are concerned with the cost, we tend to forget our veterans and what they represent. We need to value the enlisted, retired, and their families for all of their sacrifices. It would be excellent to provide better quality of care and affordable care as well for these men and women. We represent the red, white, and blue of the American flag that our ancestors fought to grant us freedom. In order to give thanks for the beloved gift they bestowed upon us, we must take care of those fighting and those who fought for our country.