Like many military publications, this site contains a glossary.  It defines military and medical jargon.  Like everything else, don’t take my word for it – “Trust, but verify”.


Contraindicated; Contraindication: a specific situation in which a drug, procedure, or surgery should not be used because it may be harmful to the person.  Contraindication can be relative or absolute.  Relative contradiction means caution should be used when the drug, procedure, etc. is combined with another.  Absolute contraindication means the drug, procedure, etc. could cause a life-threatening situation, and should be avoided.

Military Treatment Facility (MTF): Military medical clinic, hospital, or center that provides treatment as part of the Tricare healthcare program.  Distinct from civilian providers who are members of the Tricare network.

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA): a non-profit, non-partisan organization that represents the interests of military officers in the United States.

Symptom: a departure from normal function or feeling, according to the patient.  A symptom or combination of symptoms can indicate a health problem.

Tricare: formerly known as the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS), Tricare is an US DoD healthcare program for military personnel, military retirees, and their dependents.

VA (Veterans Affairs; US Dept of Veterans Affairs): a Cabinet-level US government department responsible for medical care and federal benefits for military veterans.

Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs): VSOs are advocates for Service Members and Veterans who help file VA claims and apply to government programs.   “Some VSOs are ‘chartered’, which means they are federally chartered and/or recognized or approved by the VA Secretary for purposes of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims under laws administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.”