Veterans Enterprise

Find us on Facebook  Find us on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter Subscribe to our Newsletter Add our RSS

Font Size

Change Font Size


Home Articles / Online Magazine Articles General Five Health Concerns Veterans Face After Service

WednesdayMarch 29, 2017

Five Health Concerns Veterans Face After Service

Veteran Health Issues Post-ServiceThe brave men and women of the military confront life-threatening situations every day. But even after their tour of duty is over, they face a set of hazards that are altogether different from those that challenged them during their service. 

While on active duty, immediate injuries such as lost limbs or combat wounds are the primary concerns. Once discharged, however, the focus shifts to conditions with a longer latency period – those that develop over time. Some are physical, others are mental, but all of them can be just as serious as gunshot wounds and shrapnel.

Chemical-Induced Heart Damage – Many veterans were exposed to chemicals such as Agent Orange or nerve gas. These compounds – especially when encountered over a long period of time – can cause long-term heart damage. For instance, Gulf War veterans who used the compound Sarin may now be dealing with enlarged heart ventricles or arrhythmia.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Often brushed aside by veterans as a sign of weakness, PTSD is a very real and very serious condition that affects up to 30 percent of veterans. This condition is significantly associated with direct combat; however, many other military experiences can trigger trauma in the brain.

With PTSD, triggers release chemicals in the brain. These chemicals in turn trigger flashbacks. Although they are induced by the part of the brain involved with normal stress reactions, the impact of the reactions is greatly magnified.  Night terrors, feelings of numbness and depression, anger and constant tension are the most common symptoms; when left unaddressed, they can greatly interfere with vets’ daily lives. Unfortunately, various studies indicate that only half of veterans referred for mental health care actually followed up for the treatments.

Infections – Gunshot wounds and other direct injuries do pose the risk of infection while on active service. However, post-service infections can also develop. These infections often come from exposure to foreign compounds that are not controlled by any vaccines.

Brucellosis – also known as Crimian Fever or Malta Fever – is one such infection that can persist for life. This disease occurs when people come in contact with contaminated animal feces or meat. It’s especially common in European and African countries.

Lung Cancer – Veterans who have developed lung cancer since their discharge may be dealing with the effects of asbestos exposure. The fibers were once used in Navy ships, Army tanks and even military barracks, and inhaling them can cause serious respiratory diseases. Because smoking was a common part of military culture, veterans may have further increased their risk for asbestos-related lung cancer. (Tobacco use can make people more susceptible to asbestos-related cancers.) 

Parasitic Diseases – Parasitic exposures can also cause serious health complications. For instance, the bite of the Middle Eastern sand fly can cause the serious and painful condition known as leishmaniasis. The cutaneous version of this tropical disease causes skin sores, but the visceral version can induce spleen and liver damage. The mucosal version – which causes sores in the nose, mouth and throat – can go undiagnosed for years. If not treated, visceral leishmaniasis can be fatal.

With each of these conditions, early diagnosis and prompt treatment is essential to survival. Even if you’re not dealing with any health complications right now, it’s wise to take advantage of your local VA system’s preventative programs and early detection screenings.


Hoge, C.W., Auchterlonie, J. L., & Millikien, J. S. (2006). Mental Health Problems, Use of Mental Health Services, and Attrition from Military Service after Returning from Deployment to Iraq of Afghanistan. JAMA; 295 (5). Retrieved from

Faith Franz writes for The Mesothelioma Center at She encourages patients to consider the benefits of alternative medicine.

free xbox live gold 03 02,2017 (09:11)  
Best website for xbox gaming Yes No   Visit the mentioned website to get xbox live codes for free, and also grab other offers from xbox. These are amazing platform for gaming, real, and very exciting. It provides a real experience of gaming over internet, Very beneficial for all xbox lovers as all offers are free and also get access to live online xbox. Visit and get codes for free just by clicking on the generator. These codes can be generated in limitless amount. Get free membership for enjoying all the services of xbox over internet. Explore to know more.  
  Edit comment Delete comment Unpublish comment
dog training austin 03 26,2017 (00:47)  
good post Yes No   Thanks for sharing nice information with us. i like your post and all you share with us is uptodate and quite informative, i would like to bookmark the page so i can come here again to read you, as you have done a wonderful job.

  Edit comment Delete comment Unpublish comment
austin dog training 03 26,2017 (02:00)  
good post Yes No   It’s really a great and helpful piece of line. I am glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing..!
  Edit comment Delete comment Unpublish comment
limo services 03 26,2017 (02:35)  
good Yes No   It’s really a great and helpful piece of line. I am glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing..!
  Edit comment Delete comment Unpublish comment
limousine service 03 26,2017 (02:43)  
good Yes No   At the time of our trip, safaris were conducted via Land Cruiser or similar vehicle. There was no hopping on or off, much less hiking,
  Edit comment Delete comment Unpublish comment
hotels frankfurt-oder 03 27,2017 (03:32)  
Yes No   Good day! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading your blog posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with
the same subjects? Thanks a ton!
<a href="">hotels frankfurt-oder</a>

  Edit comment Delete comment Unpublish comment
Hide comment form Hide comment form
  • Bold
  • Italic
  • Underline
  • Stroke
  • Quote
  • Ordered List Unordered List
  • Smileys
  • :confused:
  • :cool:
  • :cry:
  • :laugh:
  • :lol:
  • :normal:
  • :blush:
  • :rolleyes:
  • :sad:
  • :shocked:
  • :sick:
  • :sleeping:
  • :smile:
  • :surprised:
  • :tongue:
  • :unsure:
  • :whistle:
  • :wink:

Submissions Welcome

Submit an article to our online magazine and website.


Add your event to our Job Fair Calendar


Upload a job posting to our Career Search Engine

Get Included in Inclusion

The companies and organizations seen here are specifically hiring people with your talents, background, and skills.


Check out our job postings and list of participating employers to find your perfect career today.

Our Diversity Family

Connect With Us

Find us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  Find us on LinkedIn

Subscribe to our Newsletter  Add our RSS

Proudly Connected

VetCentral - Part of the Family



If you'd like to advertise with the Veterans Enterprise, and to learn more about the benefits of veteran recruiting, visit