Today is Veterans Day, an official public holiday that honors and celebrates US military veterans. It started on November 11, 1919 as “Armistice Day” honoring the first anniversary of the end of World War I. President Eisenhower officially changed the name to Veterans Day in 1954.
It’s completely different than Memorial Day in that Veterans Day pays tribute to our all living and dead veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died in service for their country.
We at National Pain Report felt it is fitting to highlight an effort (and website) from the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) that focuses on veterans and pain. It’s appropriately called Veterans in Pain.
Here’s what it is all about, according to the website:
Of the 25 million veterans living in the U.S.A., millions endure chronic pain. Some of us on the ACPA team are veterans with chronic pain, too, and not long ago we realized that vets like you and ourselves need a place that can help others understand the issues we face daily.
So we developed this password-protected site, just for veterans, active-duty personnel, and families who deal with pain every day. To sign up, click here or call 800-533-3231. We look forward to meeting you, and to becoming part of your support system.
Our focus is to validate the impact of chronic pain among veterans and their families as we increase knowledge about pain management among veterans so that they can improve the quality of their life and reduce their sense of suffering.
The objectives of the movement are:
- Explore the impact that pain has on the person with pain, their family, health care professionals and the public, and what the ACPA provides.
- Learn about the American Chronic Pain Association Ten Steps from Patient to Person. Understand what the steps, what they mean and how to apply them to daily life.
- Identify what it takes to establish a peer lead group for people with pain. Discuss what the ACPA provides to potential facilitators and the basics of starting and maintaining a group.
For more information, contact the American Chronic Pain Association at 1-800- 533-3231 or you can watch these videos from ACPA:
If you are interested in learning more about veterans and chronic pain, please read Dr. Lynn Webster’s blog on the topic. You can find it here.