VA Teams Up with Heart Association for Female Veterans Health
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), nearly 8 million women suffer from heart disease in the U.S. but only about 1 in 6 know it’s a main killer among female patients. To raise awareness of this overlooked health condition, the AHA developed the “Go Red for Women” campaign, which is now being used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for female veterans.
A new partnership between the organizations is focusing on raising awareness among female veterans of the disabling or fatal consequences of heart disease in women. Conditions, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, have been linked to many disabling conditions like diabetes.
The campaign has already supplied women across the U.S. with an online resource center where they can learn more about cardiovascular health, connect with support groups and women like them, and get tips for eating right and exercising to reduce risk. These online resources will now be adapted to female veterans and active servicemembers to help them manage their risk at any stage of their service.
In many veterans’ disability cases, heart disease has been linked to military service when a servicemember was exposed to toxic materials such as Agent Orange, airborne contaminates, and other chemicals. For veterans who believe they suffer from cardiovascular disabilities because of their service they may qualify for veterans’ disability benefits
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.