"Have You Ever Served?" is an initiative that affects both healthcare providers and our patients. Various exposures over the course of a soldier’s service can affect his or her well being and should be considered prior to undergoing anesthesia: resulting conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), respiratory illnesses, etc. The American Academy of Nursing
is seeking to improve the quality of veterans' healthcare with this simple question and urges healthcare providers to use it in order to identify and address any healthcare issues rising from a patient's service in the military.
was launched in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, initially benefitting approximately one million veterans. Subsequently, "Have You Ever Served?" was rolled out to all 50 states over a three-year period.
In addition to the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), "Have You Ever Served?" is sponsored by the Veterans Support Foundation and the Connecticut Department of Veteran's Affairs.
"Have you ever served in the military?" represents the AAN’s commitment to First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces
campaign, to mobilize all sectors of the community to support veterans and their families. Nurses, healthcare’s equivalent to the boots on the ground, are uniquely positioned to facilitate this fundamental change of ensuring vital information is obtained and recorded in order to improve the quality of healthcare provided to our veterans and their families.