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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.

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November 9th, 2012 | Author: Janina Kowalski

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Happy Independence Day!

July 4th, 2011 | Author: Katelyn Turner

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America’s Veterans Now Fighting For Air

July 21st, 2010 | Author: Katelyn Turner

During his two years in the Navy, Jack Murphy would sometimes Read more…

Helping Our Veterans

June 21st, 2010 | Author: Katelyn Turner

I wanted to put up a short post this time about something we’ve been looking into this past week. Read more…