While my adventures and travels as a military spouse has an immeasurable amount of benefits, those who serve are asked to take more risks than many other citizens in other professions, all in the name of duty, honor, a call to serve, self-less service, love of country and a sense of purpose and integrity. Luckily, there are organizations and individuals out there, such as Emily Walsh, who work tirelessly to help our veterans after they have given so much to our country. As a writer and veteran’s advocate, Emily shares tips for all of our veterans and active duty service members to be aware of to protect their health and wellness. Below is a guest blog post written by Emily as a way to get the word out to veterans and families on just how important it is take better care of yourself, while serving and long after they enter civilian life.
Being a Healthier Veteran
By Emily Walsh
Veterans deserve the very best considering what they have done for their country. When most people think of veterans, they automatically assume an elderly person who is up in age. The truth of the matter is that there are many younger veterans joining the world who are done serving their time in the military. One main problem with being a veteran is the amount of medical issues that most of these individuals have to face. It is not uncommon for a veteran to deal with one or more issues regularly simply because of their time spent in the military.
It does not matter what branch of the military a person served in, they can still be dealing with a major health concern. Whether this be mesothelioma or PTSD, many veterans need to seek medical care on a routine basis in order to keep themselves in check. There are several different things you should do as a veteran to keep yourself as healthy as possible. One of the more obvious tips is to visit your doctor routinely and to take all of their advice when it concerns your health. Your doctor will be able to prescribe you medications and keep an eye on your overall health and well-being.
Another thing most veterans can and should do is to exercise regularly and follow a proper diet and nutrition plan. You would not believe just how beneficial it can be for you to exercise each day and eat a little better. Just by doing these things, you can improve your mood and your health, so that you can avoid further injury and even improve certain conditions that you’re dealing with. You will want to speak with a doctor before making changes to your diet because you want to make sure that the changes you are making are going to be good for you.
Being a veteran can be difficult and you may not know where to turn for help. The truth is that there is a lot of help out there for you and there are many ways for you to help yourself at home. By exercising and dieting as well as seeing your doctor, you can easily improve the quality of your life so that you live longer and better. This is why many veterans are doing their best to help themselves and improve their lives by making these small changes each day.
Emily Walsh is the Community Outreach Blogger for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. You can find out more about her commitment to veterans health at: