America’s veterans who, as President Lincoln said, “have borne the battle” for us, deserve to be honored and served. The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a wide variety of services for veterans and their families, but many veterans are missing out on benefits.
One of the lesser known benefits is the veteran’s medical ID initiative. The VA, which cares for more than 6.3 million veterans annually, issued the directive on medical ID bracelets and pendants in 2009. Under this policy, medical IDs must be made accessible to all veteran patients.
Who should wear a Medical ID?
Veterans who have conditions including, but not limited to, the following conditions are entitled to claim this benefit with the cost being fully covered by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA):
• Injuries including embedded metal fragments
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Cardiac problems
• Pulmonary conditions
• Kidney disease
• Food, drug, or insect allergies
• See entire list here
Medical IDs can save your life in an emergency and avoid unnecessary hospitalization fees.
Medical IDs are custom engraved with your unique medical information that in an emergency, helps you receive the prompt and precise treatment that you need. Always wearing medical alert jewelry can prevent misdiagnosis and, for those taking medication, help avoid unwanted drug interactions or side effects.
By providing security and peace of mind, medical IDs can help veterans live life to the fullest.
Medical IDs can Raise Awareness of Invisible Wounds like PTSD.
Not all medical conditions are visible and in the case of veterans, combat experience put them at significant risks for conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), also known as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS), Anxiety, Depression, and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Wearing a medical ID can help veterans raise awareness about these medical conditions.
Medical IDs help to:
• Inform health professionals if taking medication for invisible conditions
• In case of panic attacks or episodes, help responders identify the cause as a symptom of one’s medical condition
American Medical ID is honored to help serve our veteran heroes by raising awareness on this important benefit.
For more information, contact American Medical ID.
Guest blogger Lace Llanora is a health and wellness writer at American Medical ID. American Medical ID serves the healthcare community by providing quality, custom engraved medical alert jewelry. With over 20 years of industry experience, American Medical ID is honored to help serve our veterans by promoting the Veterans Medical ID benefit provided by the VA.Tags: VA, VA healthcare, veterans
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