Our Veterans 11.11.11

Posted on November 10, 2011

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November 11th marks the observance of Veteran’s Day.  This day pays homage to our veterans who have fought in some of the deadliest conflicts in history.

People who serve in the military face some different health issues than civilians.  During wartime, soldiers can suffer from severe bodily injuries, like lost limbs, gunshot wounds, and head injuries.  Environmental hazards also affect the physical health of our veterans, seeing as many serve in areas with contaminated water and other substandard and unhygienic living arrangements.

Mental effects of wartime violence also affect our veterans, with many suffering from depression, insomnia, and other psychological conditions.

Veterans may also have difficulty readjusting to a civilian lifestyle.  Especially in this fragile economy, many veterans find difficulty securing employment.  Because of this, many veterans become homeless.

Veterans are decorated members of our nation, and fortunately, many organizations exist to help them.

Visit the “Veterans and Military Health” Topic Page in the Mayor’s Health Line’s trusted partner site, MedlinePlus for more information: http://ow.ly/7nQKq

Additionally, please visit the  Healthy Boston Blog for more information about veterans and homelessness.

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