Committed Service

Fibromyalgia is rated under diagnostic code 5025. A rheumatologist must evaluate and diagnose the condition for it to be rated under this code. Widespread pain is defined by the VA to mean pain in both the left and right sides of the body, that is both above and below the waist, and that affects both the axial skeleton (i.e. cervical spine, anterior chest, thoracic spine, or low back) and the extremities. A veteran with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia will receive either a 10%, 20%, or 40% rating.

Program Overview

Education

Design education material for VA hospitals and health groups.

Support

Increase access to support services and wellness resources.

Advocacy

Provide advocacy education to Veterans and work together on Proclamations.

Veterans Coalition

ISFN has teamed with the Veteran Voices For Fibromyalgia Coalition to expand on education and support.

Founded by Kristal Kent, the Veteran Voices For Fibromyalgia Coalition was developed to provide the following: provide Veterans and Military Personnel who have Fibromyalgia added support and validation, promote Fibromyalgia awareness, education, resources, and assist Veterans and Military Personnel about the best practices for advocating for themselves.

Education and peer support are provided to navigate the VA Healthcare system, along with information on strengthening Compensation & Pension Claims.

Leadership

Norman Hanley

Norman is a United States Marine Corps Veteran and the founder of the Men With Fibromyalgia community. He lives in Southern Arizona with his loving wife Stephanie, their rescued beagles Winchester and Luna, as well as their two cats Missy and Muggins.

Advisors

Brandi Clevinger

Brandi is a Navy veteran living in South Carolina with her four sweet children. She is a fibromyalgia thriver, Certified Health Coach, creator of Being Fibro Mom, and contributor to the Fibromyalgia Magazine. Brandi enjoys reading, writing, and creating smoothie recipes.

Events & Tools

Resources, webinar and workshop events

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