Our veterans can face different and extreme health issues. During wartime, the main health concerns are life-threatening and disabling injuries. These include shrapnel and gunshot wounds, lost limbs, and head injuries. Service members might also have health problems from exposure to environmental hazards, such as contaminated water, chemicals and infections.
Deployment related health conditions included chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, fibromyalgia, Gulf War Veteran’s Illness, hearing difficulties, Malaria, memory loss, migraines, medically unexplained physical symptoms, traumatic amputation, traumatic brain injury, tuberculosis, sleep disorders, leishmaniasis and hepatitis A, B, and C. Service members and veterans are at risk for mental health problems, too. These include anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and substance abuse.
Hospice and palliative care are about living more fully. This philosophy of care focuses on improving quality of life for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Hospice is also a vital support system in helping family caregivers manage the details and emotional challenges of caring for their loved ones. Hospice Care of South Carolina is working to recognize the unique needs of our veterans who are facing advanced illness and provide the care, support and comfort they need to help them live more fully during the time that remains.