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  1. 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

  2. Military Background • Military Branches • Army • Navy • Air Force • Marines • Coast Guard • Reservist or National Guard Member • Merchant Marines during WWII

  3. 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

  4. Washington State Veteran Population Veteran Population as of 9/30/2012 Reference: http://www1.va.gov/vetdata/Veteran_Population.asp

  5. Veterans do not forget… that they are Veterans and they are Americans!

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Cold War Unique Health Risks • Nuclear Weapons Testing (Atomic Veterans) Reference: http://www.va.gov/oaa/pocketcard/coldwar.asp

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Vietnam War Unique HealthRisks • Agent Orange Exposure • Hepatitis C Reference: http://www.va.gov/oaa/pocketcard/vietnam.asp

  18. 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”.

  19. Gulf War 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

  20. Gulf War 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

  21. OEF/OIF/OND 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

  22. Veterans are Adults with Unique Experiences!