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Honoring our Veterans

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We are deeply grateful to those who have sacrificed for our country to protect and uphold American ideals and freedom. We honor all military veterans today and extend a heartfelt “Thank You” for their service.

Veterans Day Did you know veterans face a higher risk of developing COPD?

You might be surprised to learn that:

  • Veterans are 3x more likely to develop COPD than the civilian population
  • COPD is the fourth most prevalent disease in the veteran population
  • COPD affects approximately 15% of Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare users

In the article, Fighting for Air: Veterans Face Higher Risk for Developing Lung Diseases the author COPD Foundation founder John W. Walsh, stated that COPD is a growing health concern for military veterans. He claimed that some soldiers have faced a barrage of respiratory exposure, such as:

  • Smoke from burn pits
  • Aerosolized metals and chemicals
  • Outdoor aeroallergens like date pollen
  • Indoor aeroallergens like mold aspergillus

With these environmental hazards in mind, we urge veterans who experience COPD symptoms to get an annual “spirometry,” or breathing test.

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  • Fabiana, I loved your article. The Veterans & their problems are near & dear to my heart. I was a US Navy wife for 20 years, my husband (now X) did 4 tours off the coast of Nam at the height of the war. They worked 16 to 20 hours a day 7 days a week. He was exposed to numerous chemicals & other things I still can't mention. No-one can understand what they go through, unless your in the military family. They do this willingly for love of their country & so do the military families. God bless the USA.

    • Bon Bon i just wanted to make a comment to the lady who was a Navy wife for 20 years. I did 2 tours in that HELL HOLEI understand all the things you feel and i'm sorry for the lost of your husband, I know he was a great sailor. I'm a former member of seal team 4 and i drying from AGENT ORANGE. God Bless YOU and YOUR FAMILY and the USA
    • BonBon, my husband is an officer in the Army and has also done 4 tours between Afghanistan and Iraq...I worry about the future consequences from his tours. I am sure he is not done yet, given our global climate. I appreciate your participation here, not just for the vets but for all COPD'ers!

    • Thank you all for your service <3. You're right, BonBon. No one can really understand the sacrifices. We are so appreciative.

  • Great Article .. My father served in the Navy & I grew up as a military "BRAT" . Sorry for your loss

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