Nicholas Steen, Jr., was an airborne infantryman in the US Military. He sustained numerous injuries as a result of his military service and, as a direct result of those injuries, he’s now fighting a new enemy – arthritis.
“I live with this pain daily,” said Steen. “I am not the only veteran who has been diagnosed with arthritis, due in part, if not completely, to the excessive wear and tear military life can have on the body.”
Continue reading Arthritis Foundation Releases “A Silent Enemy: How Arthritis is Threatening Veterans and the US Military”
Jumping out of an airplane can be stressful to the body. Add more than 50 pounds of gear and the effect on your joints can be devastating.
This is the case for Nicholas Steen. As an airborne infantryman in the Army, he regularly jumped out of planes, parachuting to earth while carrying his normal military gear along with a 30-pound gun and 600 rounds of ammunition.
For Steen, jumping was the easy part. The landing? Well, that’s a different story.
As a result of his service in the U.S. Military and the related stress and injuries to his body, Steen, like many other veterans, developed arthritis and will now battle increasing pain and disability for the rest of his life.
Continue reading Defending Those Who Defend Us – Arthritis in the Military
Arthritis is no stranger to the men and women who serve our country. In fact, American veterans and service members are disproportionately affected by the disease, which impacts one in three U.S. military personnel compared to one in five civilians.
On Feb. 10, in a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill, representatives of the Arthritis Foundation, along with the American College of Rheumatology, veterans organizations and service members, put a spotlight on arthritis in the military, calling the disease a “silent enemy” that threatens our nation through the disability it causes and the fortune it costs U.S. taxpayers in health care expenses.
Continue reading Let’s Conquer the Silent Enemy of Our Armed Forces