Military Veterans' Healthcare Advocate
They should also tell them their branch of service; Their job description; When and where they were stationed; if they served in a combat setting; And if they have known or suspected service-related medical or psychological problems. They should then insist that this information becomes part of their medical record because it might be important now or in the future.
Military health history should become a standard part of all electronic health records - both civilian and at the VHA.
And civilian and VHA records should be integrated for continuity of care. Military personnel should be provided with an electronic record of their health history that can be presented to a civilian or VHA physician for reference.
Veterans will benefit by receiving benefits to which they are entitled; by having earlier diagnosis of service-related illness; and by receiving preventive counselling for known deployment-related health risks.
Physicians will benefit by having an increased awareness of pertinent medical and social history that had not been entered previously into their patients' records.
Healthcare facilities will benefit by having some unpaid medical services covered by the VHA.
Veterans Health Administration will benefit by better meeting the needs of veterans and having new patients referred to them.