Pulmonary Rehab for American Veterans and Respiratory Disorders

Posted on: May 25, 2016

American veterans encounter a wide variety of environmental inhalational exposures, leaving them vulnerable to a lifetime of pulmonary diseases.  Pulmonary rehabilitation can effectively treat respiratory disorders suffered by deployed military personnel.

Part 2 in a 2-Part Series

American Veterans and Exposure to Inhalation, 

Pulmonary Rehab and American VetsDeployed military personnel encounter a wide variety of environmental inhalational exposures, such as desert dusts, burn pits, exhaust fumes, mold exposures, detonation debris, industrial fires…These inhalational exposures have produced an emerging spectrum of deployment-related respiratory disorders.


Deployment-related respiratory disorders may include:

  • asthma
  • vocal cord dysfunction
  • COPD
  • respiratory bronchiolitis
  • constrictive bronchiolitis
  • acute eosinophilia pneumonia
  • hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or IPF

Improving Quality of Life

These respiratory disorders can be effectively treated with pulmonary rehabilitation.  The potential benefits from pulmonary rehab may include improvement of shortness of breath, improved exercise capacity, lessening of fatigue and inactivity as well as an improved health-related quality of life.

Respiratory therapists experienced in treating veterans with deployment-related respiratory illnesses will conduct a thorough pulmonary rehab evaluation, including:

  • thorough pulmonary evaluation with a follow-up consultation
  • pulmonary function testing
  • chest imaging and possibly blood testing
  • a lung biopsy may also be advisable for a definitive tissue diagnosis

Honored to serve those who serve our country

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Wellness Program at Northern Westchester Hospital offers a Pulmonary Rehab Therapy Program to the U.S. Veteran’s community that is currently not available elsewhere in NY State.  Our work with veterans who suffer from chronic respiratory disease, allows them to improve their physical fitness, breathing capacity and even personal interactions with their community and friends… as reported by our patients.

Our focus is to empower American veterans to regain their independence and confidence, while better understanding their medical conditions.

Access to New York pulmonary rehabilitation is simple.  Request a referral from your Internal Medicine or Pulmonary Disease physician for Pulmonary Rehabilitation.  Visit NWH Pulmonary Rehab Chappaqua Crossing or call our direct phone line at 914-458-8700, Ext. 5, for additional information.  Remember that breathing easier is a better way of life!

Editor’s Note:  by Harlan Weinberg, MD.  Dr. Weinberg is Medical Director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Northern Westchester Hospital.  Ken Montini is the Rehabilitation Therapy Director and Exercise Physiologist.