Bozho (Hello),

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is dedicated to providing high-quality and holistic care for veterans. The VA’s National Oncology Program recognizes the significance of healthy living in cancer care. The VA has transformative resources, guidance and real-world perspectives that empower veterans, enhance well-being and foster resilience.

“Getting regular physical activity, striving for a healthy weight, being tobacco free and limiting alcohol are powerful tools for reducing cancer risk. Not only for cancer, these healthy lifestyle behaviors are the foundation for preventing and reducing other diseases as well,” said Dr. Jane Kim, executive director for Preventive Medicine at VA’s National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Staying up to date on your cancer screenings is one of the best ways to stay proactive in safeguarding your well-being. If you are curious about whether you might be due for a cancer screening, the VA has a quick-reference list for most common cancers that veterans face, including breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancers. It is important to talk to your primary care provider to determine whether you are due for any of the screenings listed and ask questions you might have.

Wellness after cancer treatment holds immense significance as a new chapter in the survivor’s journey, emphasizing the need to restore and optimize overall well-being. While treatment addresses the physical aspects of cancer, your wellness goes beyond mere recovery. It also includes the veteran’s emotional, mental and social well-being. Migwetch (Thank you).

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Veterans Organization does not have a meeting this November, but we have our Christmas/Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023, at 6 p.m. in the North Reunion Hall. All CPN veterans and their families are welcome. You do not have to be a member of the CPN Veterans Organization to attend. Remember, our regular meetings will begin again at 6 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024. You do not have to be a member to attend. Have a safe Thanksgiving.

Daryl Talbot, Commander