The Arizona Nurse Practitioner Council (AZNPC) has joined the White House and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners by committing to Joining Forces, the national health care initiative to raise awareness of health issues affecting America’s military, veterans, and their families.

Joining Forces brings attention to the unique needs and strength of America’s military families. The stress of war, multiple deployments, and frequent moves can affect the wellness of military families.

Children and spouses can experience anxiety, changes in relationships with family and friends, isolation or emotional challenges in dealing with deployment, illness or injury, and high mobility.

By expanding our knowledge and understanding of the stress of war and health issues such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and suicide, Arizona nurse practitioners are addressing the unique health challenges facing our military, veterans, and their families.

Currently, nurse practitioners are collaborating throughout the state to identify the unique health needs of military families and veterans in Arizona and to enhance the wellness of those who serve.

Our mission is to build up our community’s resources through public and health care provider’s awareness of the issues facing veterans and military families.

The mission has begun and will continue as the AZNPC plans workshops and education programs for community and health care providers about the unique health issues and to promote wellness of veterans and caregivers. Initially our goal is to focus on “getting the word out” regarding available resources for active service members, veterans, and their families.

For more information about what the AZNPC is doing for our community, visit our state website at www.arizonanp.com.

• Agnes Oblas, an adult nurse practitioner with a private practice and residence in Ahwatukee Foothills, submitted this on behalf of the Arizona Nurse Practitioner Council.

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