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November 10, 2023

Prioritizing Veteran Health: A Guide to Comprehensive Primary Care with Timothy Finn, APA-C

by Timothy J. Finn APA-C

Veterans have sacrificed so much for our country, and it’s our duty to ensure they receive the healthcare they need and deserve. We are committed to providing veterans with comprehensive care, addressing their unique healthcare needs, and promoting preventive healthcare measures. At Avance Care North Wake Forest, Timothy J. Finn, APA-C has unique experience as a veteran himself, and his experiences and career have formed him into the provider he is today. Hear directly from Tim as he shares more on the various aspects of veteran health and how we can support our brave veterans.

Understanding the Unique Healthcare Needs of Veterans

Veterans often face a myriad of physical and mental health challenges due to their service. These challenges can include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries, chronic pain, and more. Our primary care office understands the unique healthcare needs of veterans and is here to help address their unique health challenges.

Accessing VA Healthcare Services:

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides an extensive range of services for veterans, including primary care, specialized care, and mental health support. To access these services, veterans need to be registered with the VA. If you’re not already registered, our team can guide you through the process and help you access the care you need. We work closely with the VA to ensure seamless coordination of care for our veteran patients.

Coordinating Care for Veterans:

Coordinated care is essential for veterans, especially those with multiple health issues. Our primary care office takes pride in providing integrated healthcare services, allowing veterans to receive comprehensive care services under one roof, such as behavioral health and nutrition services. We work closely with VA healthcare providers to ensure that you receive the best possible care and that your health needs are met.

Mental Health and PTSD:

PTSD is a common mental health issue affecting many veterans. Avance Care Behavioral Health is integrated into our primary care offices, as well as virtual options, and has therapists trained in PTSD. Early intervention is key to managing this condition effectively. We encourage veterans to reach out to our team for guidance and support.

Pain Management for Veterans:

Chronic pain is a significant concern for many veterans. Our healthcare professionals will work with you to develop a pain management plan that suits your specific needs, focusing on alternative therapies and strategies to improve your quality of life. Avance Care has in-house referral capabilities to pain specialists, and can connect you with them if needed.

Substance Abuse and Addiction:

For veterans struggling with substance abuse and addiction, our primary care office offers assistance. We can connect you with the appropriate resources and treatment options to address these challenges. We understand that the road to recovery may be difficult, but we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Transitioning to Civilian Life:

Transitioning back to civilian life can be a significant adjustment for veterans. Our team is here to assist you in navigating this process and provide guidance to make the transition as smooth as possible. We can also connect you with local veteran support organizations and resources.

Preventive Healthcare for Veterans:

Preventive healthcare is a crucial aspect of maintaining overall health. We encourage veterans to focus on preventive measures, such as vaccinations, screenings, and making healthy lifestyle choices. In addition to these general preventive healthcare measures, there are specific registries and initiatives that veterans should be aware of:

1. Burn Pit Registry:

The Burn Pit Registry is a program for veterans exposed to burn pits in combat areas in the Middle East. If you were stationed near a burn pit, it’s important to register to document your exposure.

2. Agent Orange Exposure

Vietnam Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange may be at risk for various health conditions. The VA recognizes the importance of addressing these issues and can help you understand the available benefits and healthcare options related to Agent Orange exposure.

3. Camp Lejeune Registry:

Veterans and family members who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune may have been exposed to contaminants in the water supply. The Camp Lejeune registry is an important resource for monitoring and addressing potential health concerns related to this exposure. Our team can guide you through the registration process and provide ongoing healthcare support.

Our primary care office is committed to providing veterans with the comprehensive care they deserve and need after their time of service. We understand the unique healthcare needs of veterans and offer a range of services to address physical and mental health challenges.

We encourage all veterans to prioritize their health, focusing on preventive measures and staying informed about important registries and initiatives that can impact their well-being. Your health and well-being are our top priorities, and we’re your partner in lifelong health and wellness. If you’re a veteran seeking quality healthcare, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance.

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