The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has created a Military Health History pocket card with a comprehensive list of questions to help clinicians understand the medical problems and concerns of veterans; answers to the questions may also help to provide timely referral to specialized medical treatment. The pocket card includes questions about veterans compensation and benefits, sexual harassment, assault and trauma; blood-borne viruses (hepatitis & HIV), and details about a veteran's living situation. Lists of exposure concerns, broken down by war era, are included on the card. Other recommended questions cover stress reactions and adjustment problems. The pocket card was originally developed in early 2014 and updated last March. Visit the VA website at www.va.gov/OAA/pocketcard/ to learn more about the pocket card and download it to your mobile device.
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