As a nurse and clinical researcher I have spent 57 years caring for the sick and wounded. It is not pretty. Illness stinks, disability is burdensome, and all are costly. We die older all the time. If you knew you were only going to be able to buy a car every 25 years would you care for it differently than you do now? Well, body beautiful can be yours for perhaps as long as 95 years.


And that means that how and what you do with it in the interim may be totally in your own hands. Sometimes you are dealt a different hand and the quality of life is something you have no control over.

VA Healthcare for Military
If you served in the active military, naval or air service and are separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits.

Easy Ways to Apply for Enrollment

The very first step in obtaining access to your VA Health Benefits is to apply for enrollment. Effective immediately, Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, can complete applications for enrollment in VA health care by telephone without the need for a signed paper application. All other Veterans may apply by phone starting July 5, 2016.

When Veterans choose to enroll, VA offers an enhancement to their enrollment experience through “Welcome to VA” (W2VA). W2VA enhances communication by reaching out to newly enrolled Veterans through personal phone calls upon enrollment, providing assistance with health care inquiries and assisting with their initial appointment at their preferred VA healthcare facility. In addition, VA sends each new enrollee an introductory letter and personalized Veterans Health Benefits Handbook in the mail.

For more information about the Veterans Health Benefits Handbook, visit:

To file for VA health care:

Healthcare Form

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Let’s not fall prey to the fake news about this illness, it is real, ramped and deadly.  Anyone can contract it though not everyone will end up on a respirator or die.  Contracting it makes you a carrier and you can transmit it to anyone.

Follow the cases if you doubt it on local Health Department websites, CDC or WHO.


1 July 2020:  10,805,000 confirmed cases with 518,000 deaths world wide.

In US: 2,780,000 confirmed cases with 130,800 deaths.

The Virus

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Coronaviruses are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface.  A novel (new) coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. 

This coronavirus seems to have originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It crossed species from seafood and meats at open markets to humans.  It is currently deemed primarily spread human to human. 

For daily information about spread of COVID-19 go to the CDC web site for accurate information.  Contact you local Health Department for information, cancellations, school closure in your own state and community

Protection is prevention using simple everyday precautions:

  • Wash and frequently with soap and water or alcohol-hand wash.

  • Cover mouth when coughing or sneezing or cough into elbow to avoid spread including your own hands.

  • Avoid close contact with anyone with symptoms of respiratory illness.

  • Suggest masks be worn around others

  • Keep at least 6 feet between individuals with and without symptoms in confined areas

  • Thoroughly cook meat and eggs purchased from open markets.


Centers for Disease Control

National Institutes of Health

World Health Organization

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