Serving Veterans of All Ages / Civilian Casualties from Iraq - September 2007

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Closing the Generation Gap: Serving Veterans of All Ages

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Caring for the nation's veterans of military service is a noble tradition that can trace its roots back to 1636, when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony were at war with the Pequot Indians, inspiring the Pilgrims to legislate colonial support for any disabled soldier. Though times and methods have changed-and certainly the number of veterans has changed dramatically-the colonial support systems that evolved into the current U. S.

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Civilian Casualties from Iraq: Caring for the Forgotten Wounded

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The figures have been frustratingly hard to find. While detailed statistics are kept of U. S.

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Taming the Pain: Jon Wilkins


Retired construction worker regains mobility after his elected amputation and develops a creative approach to combating chronic pain. Sherry Metzger Jon Wilkins understands that one of his sources for pain relief might seem a bit unusual , but he's not about to turn his back on progress. "It may seem funny, but I've learned to use Lamaze techniques to control my pain," Wilkins says.

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The Orthotist’s Role in Successful Knee OA Management

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She is over 50. She is overweight. She is feeling depressed because she realizes that the everyday activities she enjoyed and did effortlessly have now become slower, harder, and more painful to perform.

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Take the High Road When It Comes to Accreditation

Perspective

The future of regulations for orthotic and prosthetic providers is changing. In 2003, the U. S.

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Sports News

Sports

One Arm Trap Shoot a Blast During a break in the trash talk, the shooters pose for a picture. Photograph courtesy of the Upper Extremity National Outreach Coalition. The second annual North Country One Arm Trap Shoot, presented by UpperEx National Outreach Coalition, was held August 35 in Wautoma, Wisconsin.

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Hospital Arrangements with Suppliers Pose Risks


Marketing to potential customers is a "must" strategy if a company is to survive. Some of the best customers for O&P facilities are the hospitals and the hospital's patients that are in a facility's market. Hospitals have both inpatients and outpatients who require orthotic and/or prosthetic devices and services.

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Portrait of an Activist: Dennis O'Donnell


Dennis O'Donnell With 28 states in play and a federal bill on the horizon, the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is working hard to ensure access to prosthetic care. But it is not doing this work on its own. In each state, there are committees of activists who are helping to run parity campaigns.

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?

Claim denials are difficult to identify and time-consuming to appeal. Don't let them become the bane of your existence. When you need answers to your most pressing questions, count on "Got FAQs?" to help get you back on track.

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Ripple Effects

Viewpoint

The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have had a lasting, albeit varied, impact on the American psyche. According to a USA Today article , feelings range from patriotism and gratitude to discouragement and guilt ("Effects of Iraq War Vary Dramatically in USA," by Rick Hampson, March 16, 2006). Needless to say, there continue to be direct physical consequences as well, and those consequences are having a major impact on the O&P profession.

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