Mission for veterans
First of all, thank you for your service. It was an honor to serve my country and I want to continue to serve those who served.
My focused mission as a functional medicine health coach and as a United States Marine Corps veteran is to help veterans transition and reintegrate back into the civilian world by taking control of their mental and physical health, translating military skills to real-world skills, establishing new missions and goals, and building a health focused veteran tribe.
Health coaching focused for veterans
All the of principles of health coaching apply to people of all backgrounds, but can be particularly useful for veterans. Veterans are forged in a culture where you have a tribe motivating you to accomplish the mission and better yourself. You have mentors in your chain of command that drive you to become a better Marine, soldier, sailor, or airman. A veteran health coach is the same thing. I’m here to hold you accountable to the goals you set in order for you to accomplish your mission.
Common veteran challenges
Recent analysis by the Department of Veterans Affairs found that in 2014, an average of 20 veterans per day died from suicide, a rate 21% greater when compared to the non-veteran US adult population. (1)
PTSD impacts members across all service eras with estimates indicating 11-30% of all veterans have had PTSD in a given year or in their lifetime. (2)
The most prevalent chronic diseases in the veteran community include diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia with an estimated 2/3 of veterans having one chronic condition and 1/3 with three or more chronic conditions. (3)
(1) US Department of Veterans Affairs. Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2801 (Accessed 8/24/17)
(2) US Department of Veterans Affairs. PTSD: National Center for PTSD. https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/ptsd- overview/basics/how-common-is-ptsd.asp (Accessed 8/24/17)
(3) Haibach J, et al. The Military & Veterans Health SIG Presents: Chronic Condition Management and Prevention among Veterans. Presentation at Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting March 31, 2016. https://www.sbm.org/UserFiles/file/Symposium11_Haibach.pdf (Accessed 8/24/17)