Happy Veterans Day
Today is Veterans Day and the OA Action Alliance would like to thank all those who previously served and currently serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Arthritis is the second leading cause of discharge from the military, affecting one in three Veterans. Post-traumatic arthritis develops in approximately half of all cases of traumatic joint injury. Research suggests that reasons for the increased prevalence of arthritis among military personnel include stress placed on joints during military training activities, higher injury rates, and increased weight of military packs.
To help bring more attention to this issue, the OA Action Alliance partnered with the Arthritis Foundation to create an Action Brief on Osteoarthritis in the Military. If you are current military personnel and consider yourself a tactical athlete, check out this Arthritis Foundation OACS Forum Series recording on the Impact of Osteoarthritis in Military Personnel and Veterans. Finally, take a minute to listen to Farron Dozier as he shares his arthritis story and encourages other Veterans to find a treatment path that works for them. This video was created in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation and Alliance for Balanced Pain Management.
Through life you’re going to go through ups and downs but, at the end of the day, [those challenges are] just minor [compared] to what I was doing in the military and the people that I’ve met.