Arthritis and the Military
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Arthritis Foundation has expanded its support to the more than 1 in 3 military and veteran service members battling doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Find information, tips and resources that can help you take control of arthritis symptoms and challenges.
Early Onset OA
Military and veteran service members have high rates of osteoarthritis. Learn why and what’s being done about it.Learn More
Benefits of Mind-Body Therapies
Learn how these techniques can help military members find relief from mental and physical trauma.Learn More
Connect With Others
Connect with other military and veteran service members living with arthritis. Join information sessions to improve pain management and quality of life, and participate in fun group activities.Learn More
Find Your Workout
Physical activity is the best medicine for arthritis pain as well as mental health. If arthritis interferes with your normal workout, check out these videos for joint-friendly modifications.Learn More
Solutions for Sleeplessness
Chances are you struggle with insomnia, especially if you have arthritis pain. Learn what a sleep specialist who works with military and veteran service members recommends for better sleep and pain.Learn More
Manage Your Pain
Arthritis pain interferes with daily life in countless ways, preventing people from doing routine tasks and forcing many to give up the things they love. See ways to help control your pain.Learn More
Impact of Arthritis
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Arthritis and the Military Series
Webinar: The Mental Health-Pain Connection
Learn how mental health can impact chronic pain, specific to your experiences as a military service member or veteran. Get advice to improve emotional well-being and pain from renowned psychologist, Dr. Terry Keane, Director of the National Center for PTSD, and a panel of retired military members who live with arthritis.
Arthritis and the Military
Webinar: Getting the Best Possible Care
A panel, including veterans and experts in rheumatology, complementary and physical therapy, offers solutions to various care challenges for active and retired military service members and veterans. Learn how to navigate health care access, treatment plans, pain relief options and more.
Using the Breath to Stress Less
Personal trainer and combat veteran, Dan Hill, discusses how to intentionally use the breath to dial down stress and anxiety.
Be Kind to Yourself
Encouragement to Have Courage
Reflecting on his own journey with arthritis, retired Army SFC Farron Dozier offers encouraging words to fellow service members struggling with joint pain.
Help & Support
Help for Military Personnel
An Air Force veteran encourages other vets and service members with arthritis to get support in our virtual Connect Group focused on the military.Read Donna’s Story
Don’t Give Up, We’ve Got Your Back
This retired combat medic says military personnel with arthritis can find helpful resources and connect with others to share tips and confide in.Watch Krendra’s Video
Connect Face to Face Where You Live
Get encouraged and make living with arthritis easier through a Live Yes! Connect Group.
Arthritis Foundation Helpline
Our experienced Helpline team understands RA and is here to answer your questions. Call or email us for help in English or Spanish.
Learn More About VA Health Care
Find out how to apply for and manage the health care benefits you've earned. You can access veterans health services and get medical equipment, prosthetics and prescriptions.
Advocating for Service Members with Arthritis
The Arthritis Foundation advocates for funding and research on arthritis in the military. Learn more about this work and how to urge your legislators to support this vital funding.
Watch a Webinar
Webinars are led by experts who are committed to keeping you informed about arthritis, including treatment options, solutions to everyday challenges and ways to live your best life.Find a Webinar
Take Control with Expert Advice
Arthritis can make your head spin. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Get tips to help you take control of arthritis and put your mind at ease.Get Tips
Partnership With VA
Military service members are more prone to develop arthritis than civilians. The Arthritis Foundation and the Department of Veterans Affairs have teamed up to offer even more support.Learn More
Sign Up for Updates
You have much to gain by staying on top of the latest information, tips and resources offered by the Arthritis Foundation and our community. Learn about upcoming webinars, new e-books and podcasts, medical breakthroughs and more. Be in the know and live your best Yes.
Building a Personal Pain Plan
Building a Personal Pain Plan
In this episode, learn how to create a realistic pain management plan that factors in what you’ve experienced in the military and things you’ve encountered along the way.Listen Now
Pain is incredibly complex and difficult to live with. What’s most important is finding ways to live the life that you love. If there are things you want to change, start very small and set yourself up for success.Podcast guest Rachel Aaron, MA, PhD
FB Live: Men in Chronic Pain
Overcoming Stigmas and Finding Solutions
Society says men should be tough. But when you live with chronic pain, how do you overcome the stigma? In this live session, a panel of patients and experts share tips on finding solutions for arthritis and how to overcome harmful stereotypes so you can better manage your pain.