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They protect our freedom. Let's protect them from arthritis.

One out of every three veterans and service members in the United States lives with arthritis, a serious, chronic and complex disease that affects one in five Americans in the general population. Arthritis carries with it enormous physical, financial and societal costs, but for veterans and service members, the costs are multiplied. Today, arthritis is among the most common conditions veterans and service members face and one of the major reasons military personnel are discharged from service.

An impacted service member will require arthritis-related health care for the rest of his or her life, paid for by U.S. taxpayers, in the form of doctor visits, medications, procedures and physical therapy. As the Champion of Yes for all people with arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation is working to  improve their outcomes!

To learn more, download a free informational brochure that you can share with your friends, family members and members of Congress. Together, we can fight for the people who have fought for us.

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Did You Know?
  • One in three veterans and service members has arthritis, compared to one in five civilians.

  • Arthritis is the leading cause of disability among veterans and service members.

  • Military service members are often injured at a young age, causing years of joint-related symptoms.

  • Arthritis is the leading reason for medical discharge from service.

  • Military service members are diagnosed with arthritis within two years of a blast injury, while civilians with the same injury may be diagnosed within 10 years.

  • Military service members over age 40 are twice as likely to develop arthritis after returning to civilian life.

  • "Veterans have already served our country. Through participation in research, they are given the chance to serve again, this time in the battle against rheumatoid arthritis."

    Jane Hoyt Buckner, MD