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Inquiry Routing and Information System (IRIS)

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Understanding PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, can occur in anyone who experiences or witnesses a life-threatening or violent event. These events include but are not limited to military combat, acts of terrorism, natural disasters, automobile accidents, and personal attacks such as rape or other physical assault. Because personal attacks, such as rape and sexual abuse, happen to females more often, women are twice as likely as men to develop PTSD in their lifetime.
Mesothelioma Veterans Center
Veterans Center
The Mesothelioma Veterans Center was created to provide information and assistance to veterans regarding treatment, clinical trials, and VA benefits for veterans suffering from asbestos illnesses. The MVC was founded by retired Navy LCDR Carl Jewett. Commander Jewett is a VA-accredited claims agent and has helped hundreds of veterans get approved for their VA benefits after developing mesothelioma or asbestos related lung cancer from their asbestos exposure in the military.
Veterans run a high risk of developing mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos. As a group, they account for 30 percent of all diagnoses in the U.S. There are some branches of the military, like the Navy, that endured more exposure than others. Even so, all veterans should understand how they may have come into contact with asbestos during active duty.
Mesothelioma Prognosis Network
Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire.
We've created the most extensive prognosis support and information source online.
Mesothelioma Help
Veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of active duty are entitled to benefits from the federal government. Did you know that veterans have a higher incidence of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases than the general population? In fact, veterans make up approximately 30 percent of ALL U.S. cases of mesothelioma.
Get Information on the Latest Mesothelioma Treatments, Resources and the Asbestos Trust Fund.

MESOTHELIOMA is a rare form of cancer that’s most often caused by asbestos exposure. It usually forms in the lungs of those who have been exposed to this deadly toxin, but sometimes occurs in the abdominal area or the area around the heart....... We offer help and hope to families affected by mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma Lawyer Center
For over 15 years we’ve been helping families like yours connect with leading mesothelioma lawyers in their area. There are many law firms that handle mesothelioma cases, and your choices may seem overwhelming. We clear through the confusion and help you locate only the top lawyers.
Veterans that served in the U.S. military, in active duty, face unique health challenges, both while on duty and when they arrive back home and re-enter civilian life.
Veterans and Cerebral Palsy
There are many health issues that can prevent a man or woman from serving in the U.S. military. These disqualifications are in place to ensure that those who serve are able to do the job and will not be further hurt or injured because of a medical condition. While the disqualifications are intended to protect all members of the military, some people may be excluded when in reality they could do the job and do it well.
Addiction Resource
We offer full and verifiable information on substance addiction and abuse. Learn if you or someone you love suffers from addiction. We find the best treatment and drug rehab facilities and learn about how your insurance can cover the expenses. Addiction Resource offers free informational resources and a free toll-free hotline, where you can learn about the details for a successful treatment.
Why is smoking among veterans prevalent?
Numerous studies have shown that the prevalence of cigarette smoking is significantly higher among people in military service than in civilians. According to the Institute of Medicine their Combating Tobacco in Military and Veteran Populations report, male veterans (age 25-64) are more likely to become avid smokers than non-veterans. Other research estimates the prevalence of smoking to be up to 40% higher in veterans than in civilians.
Addiction And Sleep share a problematic bidirectional relationship, where each influences the other. Many people treat sleep problems with drugs and alcohol, which can lead to addiction. People who are already addicted to drugs and alcohol undergo changes in their sleep architecture and sleep needs, forcing them to increasingly rely on their addiction in order to sleep. Once in recovery, one of the main reasons many people relapse is the discomfort and insomnia they experience, compounded by the long period of time it takes for the body to adjust back to normal sleep without drugs and alcohol.
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With 23.5 million Americans (or 1 in 10 people over the age of 12) suffering from addictions to drugs and alcohol, addiction and sleep have a close relationship. It is common for people with addictions to have sleep disorders and for people to use substances like drugs and alcohol to treat their sleep problems, which oftentimes results in addiction.
Bipolar disorder, once more commonly known as manic depression, is a mental health disorder causing “unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks,” according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
We’ve put together this comprehensive guide to provide insight into the challenges presented by comorbid (simultaneously occurring) bipolar disorder and alcohol addiction and to present 15 ways to unmask these illnesses and begin the road to recovery.
Drug Dangers is committed to providing information on a range of medications and medical devices that have serious complications.

Thousands of Americans turn to medical attention to help improve their quality of life and relieve them of pain and suffering. Medications and implant surgeries, such as hip or knee replacement, can change and even save lives.
is dedicated to keeping the public informed about consumer dangers and safety issues associated with numerous products that can cause the public harm.
Postpartum Depression Guide
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) defines PPD as a mood disorder that sometimes appears in women after giving birth. Additionally, they say that this disorder typically comes feelings of “extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion,” sometimes to the point where everyday activities are difficult to complete.

Veterans Disability Benefits Lawyers

We represent veterans nationwide. We don't get paid unless we win. More than $100 million recovered in back pay. Veterans serving veterans.
How Were Veterans Exposed to Asbestos?

The U.S. military used asbestos products for more than 40 years. If you’re a veteran and were exposed to this toxic dust, you may be entitled to federal benefits. Find out how to apply.

Each year, an estimated 3,300 people are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, a rare but virulent type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Of those patients, nearly a third are veterans who were exposed to high levels of toxic dust and fibers while serving on military bases and working on ships or in shipyards.