Posts Tagged at-risk

Our Veterans: an At-Risk Population for COPD

November 11th, 2014 | Author: Katelyn Turner

Happy Veterans Day from the COPD Foundation!

We are deeply grateful to those who have sacrified 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.

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 populationimages-of-veterans-day
  • COPD is the fifth 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 president John W. Walsh, states that COPD is a growing health concern for military veterans. He says 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 are symptomatic of COPD to get an annual “spirometry” or breathing test.

We want to help those who have given up so much for us, and hope all veterans will take action during November’s COPD Awareness Month by getting screened for COPD.

A Girl Scout Supports the Cause!

July 30th, 2012 | Author: Fabiana Talbot

You’re never too young to make a difference! Olivia Bernard, Read more…

“Tune Up” for COPD!

March 9th, 2011 | Author: Katelyn Turner

We’re glad that so many of you in our COPD community have taken the initiative to spread awareness and education about COPD. I think it’s safe to say that reaching out to others can also be beneficial to yourself.

And, I’m pretty sure all of you have heard about the DRIVE4COPD campaign, which actually just hit the mark of screening over 1 MILLION PEOPLE for COPD! How’s THAT for awareness?

But what you might not have heard is that in addition to the 5-question pop screener they have, the D4C campaign is also having a “Tune-Up for COPD” song-writing competition! How cool!


Remember in the spring of last year the COPDF launched their Faces of COPD Flickr photo contest? So many of you participated and shared your stories and photos. Now, through the DRIVE4COPD’s songwriting contest, it will allow you to embrace your creative side once again.

Billy Ray Cyrus – the newest member of the DRIVE team – along with the Country Music Association are challenging people to write the next song to promote COPD awareness. You might recall Patty Loveless’ “Drive” anthem, and they’re looking for “a song that should drive Americans to live life to the fullest and empower them to make choices to help them breathe better.”

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges including Billy Ray Cyrus, Grammy-award winner Patty Loveless, members of DRIVE4COPD partnering organizations and industry experts. The winning entry will have the opportunity to perform at the CMA Music Festival, June 9-12 in Nashville!

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a professional to enter or to win. If you don’t submit a song, you can always view the entries online and choose your favorite! The selected fan favorite will be featured on and DRIVE4COPD.COM.!

So what are you waiting for? Get writing!