ONS Joins Forces to Support U.S. Service Members and Their Families
Thursday, July 12, 2012
ONS has joined forces with the American Nurses Association (ANA) and other nursing groups to support Joining Forces, a nonpartisan national initiative led by the White House and First Lady Michelle Obama to mobilize all sectors of the community to support service members and their families.
Sixty-two percent of veterans—more than 14.3 million people—receive care outside of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Regardless of whether those with cancer are seen in the VA, community hospital, or cancer center, oncology nurses are there to address their unique needs, such as post-traumatic stress that can affect how they cope with cancer or military training that may make them reluctant to report symptoms or side effects. By pledging with ANA to support this initiative, ONS recognizes the key role all oncology nurses play in improving outcomes for veterans and service members with cancer and their families.
Learn more about Joining Forces and the ANA pledge. Read about cancer care in veterans.