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By Christine M. Haas,

Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center

Spokane, WA

Photo support by Bret Bowers, Public Affairs Officer

Overview of What a Veteran is


Military background
Military Background

  • Military Branches

    • Army

    • Navy

    • Air Force

    • Marines

    • Coast Guard

    • Reservist or National Guard Member

    • Merchant Marines during WWII


War era or period of service
War Era or Period of Service

  • Word War I (4/6/17 to 11/11/18)

  • World War II (12/7/41 to 12/31/46)

  • Korea (6/27/50 to 1/31/55)

  • Cold War

  • Vietnam (8/5/64 to 5/7/75)

  • Gulf War (8/2/90 to 11/11/98)

  • Global War on Terror (OEF/OIF/OND2001- )

  • Peace Time


Washington state veteran population
Washington State Veteran Population

Veteran Population as of 9/30/2012

Reference: http://www1.va.gov/vetdata/Veteran_Population.asp


Veterans do not forget…

that they are Veterans and they are Americans!


World war ii
World War II

December 7, 1941 –

December 31, 1946

Total who served in all Armed Forces: 16,112,566

Battle Deaths: 291,557Wounded: : 671,846Medals of Honor: 433

Reference: http://www.va.gov/oaa/pocketcard/worldwar.asp


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World War II

  • Fighting occurred on the continents of Europe, Asia, and Africa and in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

  • Service was carried out under serve winter conditions, in the harshest of deserts, and in the hottest, most humid tropical climates

  • Those who joined up or were drafted were in the military for the duration

Reference: http://www.va.gov/oaa/pocketcard/worldwar.asp


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World War II

Unique Health Risks

  • Cold Injury

  • Prisoners of War

  • Chemical Warfare Agent Experiments

  • Exposure to Nuclear Weapons (Including Testing or Cleanup)

Reference: http://www.va.gov/oaa/pocketcard/worldwar.asp


Cold war
Cold War

  • Cold War generally refers to the period of tension between the U.S. and its allies and the Soviet bloc from the end of World War II in 1945 until the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s.

  • A major fear of the Cold War was nuclear war with associated health concerns about exposure to ionizing radiation.

Reference: http://www.va.gov/oaa/pocketcard/coldwar.asp


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Cold War

  • Approximately 200,000 US service personnel performed occupation duties in Hiroshima and Nagasaki following the atomic bombing of Japan

  • Similar number of service members participated in atmospheric nuclear weapons tests from 1945 to 1962

Reference: http://www.va.gov/oaa/pocketcard/coldwar.asp


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Cold War

Unique Health Risks

  • Nuclear Weapons Testing (Atomic Veterans)

Reference: http://www.va.gov/oaa/pocketcard/coldwar.asp


Korean war
Korean War

June 25, 1950 - July 27, 1953

Total who served in all Armed Forces: 5,720,000

Battle Deaths: 33,741Other Deaths (In Theatre): 2,833Wounded: 103,284Medals of Honor: 131

Reference: http://www.va.gov/oaa/pocketcard/korea.asp


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Korean War

  • Cold injuries including frostbite and immersion (trench) foot constituted a major medical problem for U.S. service person

  • Cold accounted for 16% of Army non-battle injuries requiring admission

  • Over 5000 U.S. casualties of cold injury required evacuation from Korea during the winter of 1950-1951

Reference: http://www.va.gov/oaa/pocketcard/korea.asp


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Korean War

Unique Health Risks

  • Agent Orange Exposure

  • Cold Injury Chemical Warfare Agent Experiments

  • Exposure to Nuclear Weapons (Including Testing or Cleanup)

Reference: http://www.va.gov/oaa/pocketcard/korea.asp


Vietnam war
Vietnam War

August 4, 1964 - January 27, 1975

Total who served in all Armed Forces: 8,744,000Deployed to Southeast Asia: 3,403,000

Battle Deaths: 47,424Other Deaths (In Theatre): 10,785Wounded: 153,303Medals of Honor: 238

Reference: http://www.va.gov/oaa/pocketcard/vietnam.asp


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Vietnam War

  • Vietnam Veterans now 50 to 75 years old

  • By 2014, 60% of Veterans over the age 65 will be Vietnam Veterans

Reference: http://www.va.gov/oaa/pocketcard/vietnam.asp


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Vietnam War

Unique HealthRisks

  • Agent Orange Exposure

  • Hepatitis C

Reference: http://www.va.gov/oaa/pocketcard/vietnam.asp


It’s important as Americans to Remember and Honor our Military Veterans!

The best way to thank a Veteran is to simply say… “Thank You”.


Gulf war
Gulf War Military Veterans!

Those how served on active duty in Europe, the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Turkey, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean) and provided support from the Far East and Pacific

August 2, 1990 – November 11, 1998

Reference: http://www.va.gov/oaa/pocketcard/gulfwar.asp


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Gulf War Military Veterans!

Unique Health Risks

  • Chemical or Biological Agents

  • Depleted Uranium (DU)

  • Dermatologic Issues

  • Exposures to Smoke

  • Immunizations

  • Infectious Diseases(i.e. Leishmaniasis)

  • Reproductive Health Issues

Reference: http://www.va.gov/oaa/pocketcard/gulfwar.asp


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OEF/OIF/OND Military Veterans!

Unique Health Risks

  • Animal Bites/Rabies

  • Combined Penetrating,

  • Blunt Trauma, and Burn Injuries (Blast Injuries)

  • Dermatologic Issues

  • Embedded Fragments (shrapnel)

  • Leishmaniasis

  • Mental Health Issues

  • Multi-Drug Resistant Acinetobacter

  • Reproductive Health Issues

  • Traumatic Amputation

  • Traumatic Brain or Spinal Cord Injury

  • Vision Lossand Hearing Loss

Reference: http://www.va.gov/oaa/pocketcard/oefoif.asp



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