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Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in people that have either inhaled or swallowed asbestos fibers. These fibers travel through the body and become lodged in the lung or other parts of the body, resulting in cancer that can appear decades later. Most often these fibers lodge themselves in the outer lining of the lungs, known as the pleura, causing pleural mesothelioma, the most common type of this cancer.
With no known cure for the disease, patients often face treatments aimed at managing the symptoms and improving their quality of life. Once patients near their end of life, doctors often shift to palliative care which is intended to control pain, stop bleeding, relieve pressure, and to allow patients to be at home with their loved ones.
Mesothelioma is diagnosed in close to 3,000 Americans each year, and about that many victims also die from the disease each year.
For more information, please visit www.mesotheliomahelp.net.
Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire. The Mesothelioma Center provides a complete list of occupations, ships, and shipyards that could have put our Veterans at risk for developing asbestos-related diseases. Learn more at www.asbestos.com.
Veterans are the most at-risk group for developing mesothelioma. They account for 30% of all mesothelioma patients, but only 8% of the entire population. The military’s widespread use of asbestos from the 1930s to the 1970s exposed veterans to large amounts of asbestos containing materials. To learn more, visit www.mesotheliomagroup.com/veterans/.
1/3 of all mesothelioma patients are veterans, and approximately 6,000 veterans afflicted with this asbestos-caused cancer died between 1999 and 2005 alone. The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past. Part of our mission is to spread awareness to veterans and their families. Visit our website at www.mesotheliomaguide.com for free veteran specific resources and support for patients and families.
Dental care is an important part of our health! With that being said, if you're in search of some great information and resources on the topic, be sure to visit the Dental Care Resources for Veterans website located at www.emergencydentistsusa.com/dental-care-resources-for-veterans/. There, you will find a great amount of information on dental care for veterans.
This medical article is about veterans and addiction, and has a helpful section that covers the relationship between PTSD and addiction. Learn more by going to www.drugrehab.com/addiction/veterans/.
The Mesothelioma Veterans Center provides information about treatment, clinical trials, and VA benefits to veterans suffering from asbestos-related illnesses. They’ve had the honor of helping hundreds of veterans pursue compensation after developing mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer from their asbestos exposure in the military. To learn more, visit their website at www.mesotheliomaveterans.org/mesothelioma/.
The Nursing Home Abuse Center is a dedicated resource for nursing home abuse victims and their families.
Their goal has always been: to protect seniors from the horrors of nursing home abuse and neglect through education and empowerment. They want to give you the tools to stand up and speak out against instances of abuse in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Rates of nursing home abuse in care facilities across America are steadily rising. Millions of families are in need of information and support.
For more information, visit their website at: www.nursinghomeabusecenter.com.
Sunshine Behavioral Health is working to employee a drug addiction treatment method called Contingency Management in the hopes to help veterans stay drug-free. CM is a method employed by the VA currently and has statistically proven effective in fighting addiction for veterans. Learn more about this treatment by visiting their website at: www.sunshinebehavioralhealth.com/veterans/.
Sympathies and Condolences
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Post 2 member Keith Kerbaugh. Keith, who served as our Commander in 2007, passed away on Sunday, January 2nd. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home. An obituary is available by CLICKING HERE.
A funeral service will take place on Friday, January 7th at Calvary United Methodist Church (4675 45th Street South, Fargo). Visitation will take place at 9:00 a.m. with the service following at 10:00 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will take place at the Fargo National Cemetery in Harwood.
Please keep the family of Keith Kerbaugh in your thoughts in prayers during their time of mourning.
Thanks also to our guest speakers who shared their time with us at our November Post Meeting! Diana Hall (above), the Homeless Program Manager for the VA's Community Resource and Referral Center and Jennifer Lieder (below), the Cemetery Manager for the Fargo National Cemetery shared a lot of great information with us tonight!
How to Help Afghan Allies
The American Legion is in search of veterans looking to help resettled Afghans with Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) and refugees. Many of these Afghans assisted American forces in Afghanistan as interpreters during the Global War on Terrorism.
For more information, please CLICK HERE.
100 Miles for Hope
CLICK HERE to read a message from National Commander James W. "Bill" Oxford regarding the 100 Miles for Hope.
American Legion Posts 'Saving Lives' Through Vaccine Efforts
American Legion Herman Kent Post 777 in Jamestown, NY already had a strong relationship with the VA Western New York Healthcare System (VAWNYHS) prior to the coronavirus pandemic. But both entities recently expanded that relationship in an effort to get as many COVID-19 vaccines out to area veterans.
CLICK HERE to read more!
100 Miles for Hope
Be a part of the 2021 100 Miles for Hope to raise funds and awareness for the American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation (V&CF). CLICK HERE to learn more about how you can participate!
What to know about the virtual Washington Conference
This year’s American Legion Washington Conference will be virtual, due to safety concerns regarding the ongoing pandemic. However, the conference, which is from March 1 to 4, has a packed agenda and technology allows Legionnaires to participate from wherever they may be.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the conference.
From the National Commander
CLICK HERE to read the latest from our National Commander James W. "Bill" Oxford.
What Veterans Need to Know About Getting the Vaccine from the VA
As an influx of veterans are seeking the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, many want clarity on when and where they will be able to get their vaccines. CLICK HERE to read more.
‘We Must End This Uncivil War,’ President Biden Says
Just before noon on January 20th, Joe Biden took the oath of office of as the 46th President and Commander-in-Chief of the United States. CLICK HERE to read more.
American Legion Condemns Violence in U.S. Capitol
American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford unequivocally condemned the attacks on the U.S. Capitol. CLICK HERE to read more.
The VA is working hard to get COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans as quickly and safely as possible. CLICK HERE to sign up and help them understand your interest in getting a vaccine when one is available to you. They’ll send you updates on how they’re providing vaccines across the country - and when you can get your vaccine if you want one.
Suicide Prevention for Veterans and Military Service Members Information
HeartSprings Community Healing Center
Thank you to Jan Nelson for stopping in at our Post Meeting to talk about the programs and classes offered at HeartSprings Community Healing Center! CLICK HERE to learn more about them and the services that they offer.
Want to be notified of the latest veterans news and events in Cass County? Then sign up for eNotifications! CLICK HERE and enter your contact information to receive these handy notifications!
Thank You to Our Color Guard
Thank you to our outstanding Post 2 Color Guard for all that they do in and around the Fargo-Moorhead area. From posting colors are local patriotic and sports events to providing military rites and final honors at funerals, this group of dedicated individuals perform their duties diligently regardless of the day or weather conditions.
VALOR at NDSU
VALOR (Veteran Alliance Organization) was created to improve the campus climate for military and veteran students at North Dakota State University. The concept is to create a network of ADVOCATES made up of staff, faculty, and administrators at NDSU who are identified to our veteran students as people that they can go to for guidance and direction.
VALOR materials and training opportunities provide:
VALOR is sponsored by American Legion Post 400 and an Advisory Board that provides guidance and oversight.
Questions on the program can be directed to Adjutant Christopher Hanson or Past Commander Brad Aune, both who are Advisory Board members of VALOR.
Why Join the Legion?
Looking for good reasons to join or convince someone to join the American Legion? Wondering if it would be worth it to start up again after letting your membership lapse? CLICK HERE to read more about why you should join us in our mission and cause!