Federal data proves what Pain Free Patriots has known for a long time: veterans experience more severe, chronic pain than their civilian peers. Nearly two-thirds of all veterans report they are in pain in their daily lives, with 9.1 percent reporting severe pain.
The CDC’s 2010–2014 National Health Interview Survey uncovered that veterans are much more likely to experience severe back, neck, and jaw pain, as well as severe headaches and migraines, than nonveterans are. Young and middle-aged veterans are most likely to experience more pain than their nonveteran peers.
As veterans living with decades of pain can attest, chronic pain is difficult to resolve. Many veterans suffer through multiple surgeries and manage complicated medication regimens with little benefit. Too often, these medications are opioids that create dependencies. Other times, veterans find ways to self-medicate in an effort to find relief.
Pain Free Patriots provides medical grants to veterans living with chronic pain and its consequences. Our program supports care that does not involve the use of opioids or surgery. Here are three critical needs Pain Free Patriots medical grants meet.
1. Chronic Pain and Conditions Management
Many grant recipients have lived with pain for a decade or more. Some have struggled with substance abuse as a result of their medication regimens.
Nothing about the care Pain Free Patriots funds is cookie-cutter. Every veteran’s care plan is customized to meet their particular challenges. Treatment is flexible and can be optimized visit-to-visit to meet the needs of the veteran. As dozens of testimonials show, treatment often provides fast, effective, and permanent relief. It’s common for veterans who receive Pain Free Patriots grants to reduce their pain medications or eliminate them altogether.
2. A Good Night’s Sleep
Veterans with chronic pain also struggle to get a good night’s sleep. Chronic pain can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Lack of sleep leads to poorer health, irritability, and can even strain relationships with family members.
It’s common for veterans applying for grants to have not slept an entire night in years. Most grant recipients report they are able to sleep through the night after receiving treatment through Pain Free Patriots.
3. The Opportunity to Continue to Serve
One of the most significant benefits the treatment of chronic pain makes in a veteran’s life is the opportunity to continue to serve. Chronic pain can make it impossible to work, be involved in the community, and have meaningful experiences with family. Fixing chronic pain offers a veteran the chance to serve again.