Veterans Corner: New technology can help diabetics

Veterans Corner: New technology can help diabetics

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The McLean County tax assessment office telephone number was incorrectly listed in last week’s Veterans Corner section. The correct number is 309-888-5130.

DIABETES TECHNOLOGY

As part of a broader effort by the VA to confront diabetes, the VA will begin regional implementation of the “Podimetrics Mat,” a medical device that has the potential to prevent limb loss in veterans with diabetes. The technology uses thermographic monitoring of a patient’s feet to identify early onset of diabetic foot ulcers. Thermal imaging is non-invasive and uses no radiation. Clinicians can then develop plans for preventing added deterioration. For more information, visit https://www.podimetrics.com/.

VETERAN SCAM!

Beware of a new scam targeting U.S. veterans. This scam uses telephone technology and a cast of well-trained characters to simulate the Veterans Administration. The telephone call you receive will likely have a caller ID of “Department of Veterans Affairs, 1-800-827-1000,” which is the correct number, but the person on the other end will be a scammer. If you receive a call asking verification of your status number, including social security number, hang up. It is likely you are being scammed.

EVENTS

Illiana Health Care System (VAIHCS) will host a Veterans Town Hall at Pekin Public Library, 301 S. Fourth St., Pekin, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Staff will provide updates on care, programs and services.

EXPANDED CBD BAN

The U.S. Air Force has joined the Army in banning the use of CBD products for pain relief. The Air Force announced that CBD products are off limits to all service members and Air Force federal employees. CBD is not regulated and may contain the chemical that causes the marijuana “high.” The Air Force announcement said “Products containing unregulated levels of THC can cause positive drug tests, resulting in the same disciplinary actions as if members had consumed marijuana."

Vogler is superintendent of the McLean County Veterans Assistance Commission. 

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