The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Parkinson’s Foundation are teaming up to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of military veterans living with Parkinson’s disease. Robert Wilkie, VA Secretary, said the joint effort will enhance the many services that Veterans Health Administration provide to veterans with Parkinson’s disease. John L. Lehr, president and chief executive officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation, said educating and training VA staff on disease management and therapies, along with improving Veterans’ access to direct health services related to the disease is their objective.
These efforts help to provide veterans with needed resources and tools for coping with Parkinson’s. The foundation also offers online resources for individuals and their caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, to include Facebook Live Q&A events with subject matter experts.
The VA is a federal Cabinet-level agency that provides near-comprehensive health care services to eligible military veterans at medical centers and outpatient clinics located throughout the country. The agency also provides non-health care benefits including disability compensation, vocational rehabilitation, education assistance, home loans, and life insurance.
The Parkinson’s Foundation was formed by the merger of the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), both established in 1957, with offices in New York and Miami. The Parkinson’s Foundation has a mission to make life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure.
This was reported by The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on May 2020.
Contact information: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20420; Website: www.va.gov
Contact information: The Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 Southeast 1st Street, Ste 800, Miami, Florida 33131; 1-800-473-4636; Website: https://www.parkinson.org