“For those who serve” app collection provides mobile resources for Veterans

VA mobile apps featured in Apple app store


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In honor of Veterans Day, several VA mobile apps are featured this week in the Apple App Store. In the “For Those Who Serve” collection of resources, Veterans can find the latest military news, essential health and wellness information, and other valuable tools for everyday life.

The highlighted VA apps are designed to help Veterans manage their physical and mental health. They are part of a larger suite of VA apps that connect Veterans to essential resources and expand care outside of the VA Medical Center.

Some of the featured VA apps include:

  • PTSD Coach – This app connects users to tools for managing post-traumatic stress symptoms. It supports Servicemembers and Veterans with self-assessments, symptom-tracking capabilities, educational materials and stress coping skills.
  • MOVE! Coach – This app is a 19-week weight loss program for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and others who want to lose weight. The app helps participants track and receive feedback on their progress with weight, diet and exercise goals.
  • Moving Forward – This app allows users to access on-the-go tools and learn problem solving skills to overcome obstacles and deal with stress. While this app was designed for Veterans and Servicemembers, it can be used by anyone.
  • Stay Quit Coach – This app provides information about smoking cessation, along with motivational messages, interactive tools and support contacts to help users stay smoke-free and cope with urges to smoke.
  • Mindfulness Coach – This app leads the user through steps to learn how to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness means grounding yourself in the present moment. It has been shown to be helpful for reducing stress and helping people cope with unpleasant thoughts and emotions.

In addition to these featured apps, VA has many other apps designed specifically for Veterans in the Apple App and Google Play stores. The VA App Store is an expanding VA web portal that provides direct access to nearly 20 web and mobile apps to extend clinical care beyond a traditional office visit and allow Veterans to be active participants in their care. The VA App Store also features a series of training materials and videos to help Veterans easily navigate the apps.

Many more VA apps are in development that will support Veterans and their families in managing their personal health care. The additional apps will start being available in 2017, so check back often to see how we are expanding the VA Mobile program.

Author

Melissa Heintz

– Melissa Heintz joined the VA’s Digital Media Engagement team as a public affairs specialist in October 2015. She grew up on an Army base in Japan before her family relocated to Hawaii. She holds a degree in Journalism/Mass Communications and Spanish from Seattle University. Melissa has served as a public affairs specialist with Navy Region Hawaii Fleet and Family Readiness and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In December 2015, Melissa commissioned in the Rhode Island Air National Guard where she serves as a public affairs officer with the 143rd Airlift Wing.

Comments

  1. Richard Stark    

    henderson trapped.need help getting to from med. appts.old horse about the only thing left after disabled.looking for help not hand out.thank you rich stark

  2. Richard Stark    

    Henderson trapped.need help getting to and from med appts.thank you Rich Stark mess phone God Bless

  3. Jeff Knight    

    What about an emergency contact app that provides free transportation from veterans home to the VA? My city (Norwalk, CA) refuses to accept transportation or hospital services without insurance. Dialing 911, will only take me to the morgue nearby. Norwalk hospitals refuse to treat because time it takes VA to pay claim. So they’ve sued me by misrepresenting me before a judge who authorized removing debt from my account.

  4. Michael G. Beagen    

    I am very pleased that serious improvements have been made across the VA. I would not be very pleased if the individuals that performed so shamefully, of late, and exposed in the media, are still with the VA. Veterans gave their best and deserve the best from the VA. We can’t afford a repeat of the disgrace that was uncovered.

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