THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE VA VANTAGE MAGAZINE FOR MARCH 2 2017
Community matters…Veteran’s secret to living with MS
Without VA care much of what I’ve done with my life would not have been possible. I would not have been given enough of a ‘recharge’ to get back to the MS community nor would I have been able to continue my medication. I had been home bound until it came along but, the price was out of my budget. I receive all of my VA care at the Salem VA Medical Center in Virginia. The SCI clinic is outstanding. They go over and beyond any health care I have received anywhere else. While the Salem VA is just a little satellite clinic, the two women who run it really care about my health and quality of life
The VA MS Centers of Excellence are committed to serving the health care needs of Veterans with MS. Through partnerships with Veterans, caregivers, and health care providers, the centers hope to minimize disease impairment and increase the quality of life for Veterans with MS. March is National MS Education and Awareness Month. Help us raise MS awareness by getting involved and making connections with those around you. Only through communication and outreach can we help people to expand their knowledge, understanding, and support of individuals whose lives are affected by MS. To learn more about MS, visit our website at www.va.gov/ms.
About the author: Suzanne graduated from Glenvar High School in Salem, Va. in 1970. She joined the Navy in 1973 and was awarded “Honor Woman” in boot camp. She was stationed at Norfolk, VA, as a Yeoman for a high ranking Seabee officer, handling top secret messages during the Vietnam War (women were not allowed to be Seabees yet, in combat or on ships except for medical staff at that time). Even though she planned a career in the Navy, due to her symptoms of MS she was honorably discharged in 1975.