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After getting out of the military, many veterans can feel lost and confused about the job process. Although there are workshops and classes that are provided to you on base to ease the process, that still doesn’t cover all of the confusion. Two of the hardest things for a veteran are the interview process and networking. While not all active duty members joined the military when they were around 18, most did. Not only have they had the same employment for 4-10+ years, but they also may never had to go through a business-like interviewing process.

When veterans were being recruited, they may have had an idea of what branch and job they wanted to pursue, but, ultimately at the time of recruitment, it’s you’re recruiters job to sell you on the position. In the civilian world, you are the one that has to market yourself and sell yourself to your potential employers. If you joined the military right after high school, the military may be the first and only job that you’ve had. The longer that you live the military lifestyle, the more difficult the transition to the civilian workforce is.

More than five years ago, the overall rate for Veteran unemployment was over 8 percent. In December 2016 the Veteran unemployment rate was at 4.1 percent which is much better than it has been in the past decade. The VA has resources to aid in the best practices for interviewing, resume building and helping with the job search in general.

Sonya Harris-Ladjevich, a 21-year Air Force Veteran and a national employment coordinator for VA’s Veterans Benefit Administration’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Office came up with a list of job hunting tips to help Veterans:

Update your resume

Network, network, network

Apply for the job

Clean up your social media accounts

Take care of yourself

Tap all your resources

To read her tips in more detail click here!

If you are a veteran that is currently looking for employment, make sure to search in all the right places. There are websites like ,, and USA Jobs that are all great resources for finding jobs that veterans want and are qualified for.

Here at our physical therapy center in Kailua, OSR serves military members and their families every single day. Because we are located right outside the back gate of MCBH, we are proud to accept Tricare and VA. If you are suffering from chronic pain, give us a call to schedule an appointment at 488-5555.




Although the benefits of massage can help people in every field, military members and veterans are some of the people that can benefit from massage therapy the most. Here at OSR, we serve many military member and their families each day. Along with the military lifestyle comes a lot of built up stress that can lead to chronic pain. Here at OSR we offer trigger point therapy and massage therapy in order to help our patients as much as possible.

Massage therapy is often recommended treatment for veterans that are in PTSD support groups or veterans that suffer from other stress-related problems. Often times, when service members retire, the transition into the civilian world can be a difficult and extremely stressful. For active duty military families, stress is usually a day to day occurrence. Whether it’s late night drop-offs, deployments, erratic work hours, or workplace problems, it’s hard to avoid letting stress affect the entire family.

Active duty military members are also required to keep themselves in very specific physical shape. This includes not being injured, and fighting through every day pain to complete your mission or physical training every day. For Marines, PT can range anywhere from swimming pool exercises to four mile hikes. By Marines exerting themselves to the max every day at PT, they are at a higher risk for chronic pain and injuries. By getting routine massages, active duty military members can reduce their stress levels, avoid injuries, and cure aches and pains.

Great information from Massage Heights:


  • Improvement in physical pain. Subjects in the study had lower ratings of pain and physical tension over the eight-week trial while using massage therapy.
  • Anxiety and irritability reduction. Veterans in the study reported lower overall anxiety, stress, worry and irritability after undergoing massage therapy.
  • Depression and PTSD improvement. Veterans suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder saw “significant improvements” during the study while using massage.
  • Partner benefits. Veterans who had partners that participated in the study also reported improvements in self-compassion, depression and worry.

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Here at Oahu Spine and Rehab right out the back gate of MCBH, we our offer services to military dependents and veterans. We accept VA and Tricare in order to give back to our military community here in Kailua. Our integrated health center will provide you with a personalized treatment plan in order heal your chronic pain. Prepaid massages are available with our massage therapists! Call to schedule an appointment at 488-5555!



Here at Oahu Spine & Rehab in Kailua we are honoring our nation’s Veterans with an unbeatable Veteran’s Day Special. Not only are we located right out the back gate of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, but we also provide our services to military members and their families every single day in our office. Here at our chiropractic clinic in Kailua we work closely with the VA to provide the best services to veterans, year round.



Chronic pain is one of the most common complaints of military members and veterans. The long strenuous work hours, deployments and field ops leave veterans in pain with little to no resources to get it taken care of. According to a report done in June 2014 by JAMA Internal Medicine showed that 44% of military members suffer from chronic pain after a combat deployment which is almost twice as high as the general public.

Don’t let a veterans pain go unnoticed. Here at Oahu Spine & Rehab our physical therapy team is here to help your chronic pain with our personalized treatment plans. Share this special for any and all veterans that you know. Give us a call today at 488-5555 to set up an appointment. Thank you for your service!


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Active Duty Military Suffering Physical Training Injuries

As a veteran, you go from an extremely fast paced and active lifestyle, to quite the opposite when you become a veteran. While you’re active duty; you are required to do PT, take physical fitness tests consistently, and stay in shape in order to be ready for whatever comes next. For veterans who have suffered from any injuries, including brain injuries or spinal cord injury, staying active is a crucial part of keeping your body happy and healthy.

At the VA Hospital in San Diego, CA, they offer many rehabilitation activities for their veteran patients year round. One of the biggest events that the VA puts on is the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. At the clinic they provide a wide variety of recreational activities for recently injured veterans. The activities range everywhere from surfing and water skiing, to archery and cycling. One of the most important aspects of this clinic is providing the athletes with adapted equipment for their injury. By offering medical support and the opportunity to participate in these clinics, the VA is helping to help veterans improve their overall wellbeing and self-worth.

Learning new skills and activities is one of the greatest things you can offer a veteran who is in rehabilitation for injuries. By giving veterans something to accomplish and room to grow, the VA is improving their quality of life. Not to mention, the more physically active you are, the happier and healthier you are. The San Diego VA Hospital, as well as other VA providers around the country know that it is important to use adaptive sports and recreation activities as physical therapy to aid in rehabilitation. Here at OSR in Kailua, we proudly serve our veterans and provide services all under one roof at our integrated health center to ease the process of rehabilitation. If you are suffering from pain, give us a call today to set up your complimentary consultation at 488-5555!


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Veteran healthcare has without a doubt become more easily accessible for veterans that are looking for it. But what about the thousands of veterans that are not actively seeking medical care? Among this group are the some 87,000 veterans with an untreated Hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C is a virus that attacks the liver that is spread by contact with contaminated blood, generally from unsterile needles or blood exposure.

Although hepatitis C used to be deemed incurable, the newest hepatitis C drugs have an extremely high cure rate. In order for that drug to work, the virus obviously has to be screened for and then treated as so. This is where the problem comes into play with Veterans. Many veterans are suffering from mental illnesses or drug abuse or worse, that can undeniably be a reason for their lack of medical screenings over the years

In order to assure that veterans are being treated for this virus, the VA needs to end the stigma that hepatitis C is only contracted with drug use and provide higher quality psychological evaluations for those Veterans that are unwilling or unable to perform normal screenings. The VA has come a long way with hepatitis C, by treating over 65,000 Veterans with the new drugs so far.

Although this number seems impressive, it’s only small portion of those veterans who were affected most, a large portion of which are Vietnam War-era veterans. The conditions of medical care, the intravenous drug use and blood exposure in Vietnam are all contributors to the high hepatitis C numbers among Vietnam vets.

According to, VA officials are seeking $1.5 billion in the 2017 fiscal year to treat more veterans, a group in which hepatitis C is especially prevalent. The VA is determined to get as many veterans treated as possible. Although this means heavy funding from tax payers, assuring that veterans are getting this treatment can mean beating this virus in veterans for good.

If you or a veteran you know has not been screened for hepatitis C, visit your nearest VA testing center in order to get your screening to start treatment as soon as possible. Here at Oahu Spine & Rehab we see active duty and veteran families every day. We are focused on providing services that give you the highest quality of life as possible. Being a VA provider, we offer our chiropractic care, massage therapy, physical therapy, and more to veterans on the Windward side of Oahu. Give us a call today to make your appointment at 488-5555!

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As a result of years in the military, many military members are left with back pain, neck pain or knee pain due to their time in the service. According to a study done by the Naval Health Research Center, back pain is the leading cause of pain or illness in the military. Not only is this serious and can lead to less ability to work, but it also can lead to a future disability.

Because of carrying heavy packs during PT, as well as less than ideal conditions in terms of sleeping, back pain is something that almost every military member has faced at least one time in his or her enlistment. After finishing active duty, veterans are left with pain and illnesses that don’t have to be for life. Luckily for veterans, the VA offers referrals to their patients to get the best chiropractic treatment available. If you need more information on how your VA health care on Oahu works, click here!

If you have Veterans Affairs (VA) health benefits, you are able to come to Oahu Spine and Rehab for our chiropractic care as well as our other services. Here in Kailua, we offer chiropractic care to veterans every day. Our integrated health center will use a personalized treatment plan to make sure that you are doing everything you can to relieve your pain. If you have never had a chiropractic adjustment, don’t worry, our staff will explain the process to you thoroughly before performing your adjustment. By making sure that your spine and body are aligned, you may notice immediate relief in your back pain or stiffness. Not only can we assist with back pain but also other ailments such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and more. Give us a call today at 488-5555 to set up an appointment!


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With all of the risks and sacrifices that our military members face every day, you may be surprised to know that most of the injuries that happen during active duty, are not combat related. When joining the military you start from basic or boot camp with strenuous physical training (PT) and challenges. After that, depending on your unit and job, you may be required to PT every day, or even twice per day.

Some of the most common complaints of service members involve back pain, knee pain, ankle pain and foot pain. Why? Because generally these joints and muscles are being overworked on a consistent schedule. Not only do service members have to do PT a lot, but their bodies are often times ill equipped for the training that they are doing. For example, in the Marine Corps, often times when there is a small group training, the group won’t do any sort of injury prevention or stretching before starting the run/hike. This can lead to injuries in itself, especially when the PT is designed to exhaust the marine.

Injuries in the military are taken with a grain of salt. Generally if the service member has an injury or is on light duty, there is still a chance they will be doing the same training as the rest of the group. Not only this, but if the injury is not properly treated, there is a higher chance of re-injury or permanent damage. Not to mention, the competition that goes on in the military to be the best of the best. This can lead active duty military member to overexert themselves during PT or other physical exercise such as athletics and weight lifting

It’s important to make sure that you are avoiding over-training as much as possible. Also, make sure that if you are doing PT, you have stretched and done the steps to get your body ready for the activity. If you are injured, get to medical as soon as possible in order to avoid furthering your injury and pain with continued use. Use proper technique while you are doing workouts and sports. Focus on working on your core and balance in order to help avoid further injuries while you’re running or doing PT.

Here at Oahu Spine & Rehab we are happy to provide injury prevention training, injury correction treatment, and pain relief treatment. Due to the high risk of training and day to day injury risk, we know that it’s important to get you back to 100% so that you are able to complete your daily tasks and physical training. If you are an active duty service member and you or a family member are suffering from chronic pain or an injury, give us a call today to make an appointment at 488-5555!

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New to Hawaii and trying to figure out what things mean or what certain foods are? Or you’ve been here for a while and aren’t comfortable venturing out to try new foods because you can’t pronounce them? I feel most of us who move here from the mainland feel this way. I found that Highway Inn (a Hawaiian food restaurant) is great help to explore the Hawaiian culture and popular foods among Oahu’s grown.

GLOSSARY (some commonly used words)

AHI |ah-hee| Hawaiian for yellow fin tuna

‘ALAEA |ah-lah-eh-ah| A natural mineral (volcanic baked red clay) that gives ‘Alaea

sea salt the distinctive pink color.

BROKE DA MOUT’ |brohk da mowt| Local slang for an intensely delicious


CHILI PEPPER WATER |chee-lee peh-pa wad-dah | A popular condiment

prepared from local red chilis, salt, and water. It’s good on everything.

GRIND |gri-nd| Slang for “eat” or “chow down.”

LOMI OR LOMI LOMI |low-me| It literally means to “massage.” So “lomi” refers to

the way the dish is prepared: Tomatoes, salmon, and onions massaged together.

HAUPIA |how-pee-ah| A sweet dessert, haupia was traditionally made of

arrowroot (pia). It’s now made of coconut milk, cornstarch and sugar.

HOWZIT |how-zit| A local greeting, which means “how are you doing” or “how is it


IMU |ee-moo| A traditional underground oven used by Hawaiians to cook a pig.

LIMU |lee-moo| The Hawaiian word for algae, it added flavor to the ancient

Hawaiian diet.


‘ONO |oh-no| Delicious, tasty.

PAU |pow| Finished, completed, done.

PIPIKAULA |pee-pee-cow-lah| Much like beef jerky, pipi (beef) kaula (strip) was a favorite snack among paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) during long cattle drives in the 19th century

What is it!? Some Hawaiian foods to give a try…

Lau Lau (Like “wow-wow” but with an “L”) is a traditional Hawaiian dish consisting of a piece of pork and butterfish wrapped in luau (loo-ow) leaves and steamed for several hours.

Poi (poy) is mashed up taro root. It was the main source of starch for Hawaiians. Whether it’s served at room temperature or cold, locals often eat it with a spoonful of lomi salmon or a bite of kalua pig.

Kalua Pig (kah-loo-ah peeg) literally means “pig cooked in an underground oven. It’s the centerpiece to any luau (party).

Pipikaula (pee-pee-cow-lah) is a salted, dried beef strip and then grilled to enhance the flavor.

Lomi Salmon (low-me sam-min) is a Hawaiian side dish made of diced tomatoes, onions and salmon. Similar to ceviche, Lomi Salmon’s culinary partner in crime is poi.

Poke (poh-key or poh-kay) consists of diced raw ahi (tuna), sea salt, sesame oil, limu (seaweed) and soy sauce.

Chicken Long Rice Made of Chinese vermicelli noodles, chicken, broth, ginger, garlic, and green onions.

Moving to Hawaii can be stressful not only because you’re moving away from your friends and family, but because the culture is so different here than on the mainland. There are foods you’ve never tried and words you’ve never heard of, but hopefully this list can help ease your struggles.

If you’re interested in more info check out Highway Inn!



Moving across the country, away from your family to start your life with the military is one thing, moving across the ocean is a whole different ball game. Finding out that you and your family are being stationed in Hawaii is a dream come true, but this dream comes with the stresses of finding housing, doctors, and friends while across the ocean on the mainland. Oahu Spine and Rehab wants to help you make your transition to Hawaii a smooth one; whether it is your first duty station or your last.
The island of Oahu is covered in military bases, making most resources to you pretty close by. OSR is located in Kailua, which is right out of the back gate to MCBH. Most of this guide will be based around experiences on the Marine Corps Base, but are comparable for the other bases.  One of the greatest things you can do when you are moving somewhere new is to start volunteering for local charities and organizations. This can give you a great way to meet people as well as give back to the community while you are getting the hang of your new duty station.


Volunteering for the Military

Military bases can always use help and hands in fundraising and different events, but they don’t always get the funding in order to accomplish this. There are different programs that are offered on base that are always looking for volunteers. Contact the Family Readiness Officer of your spouse’s unit and ask what upcoming opportunities that they are participating in. Volunteer hours are required and look great on service member’s records, so why not have some fun doing it? Sign up with your spouse to volunteer at an event once a month as something for you to do together while also improving his records and giving back to the community. Sometimes the volunteering will be something as small as a “Dinner for the Barracks” where you bake something for the people who are living in the barracks and then drop it off for them, or bake sales in order to raise money for the unit’s dine outs and ball events.

Here is an example of a volunteer opportunity that is needed at MCBH constantly!

MCBH Youth Sports Volunteer Coaches Needed!

We are constantly on the lookout for volunteer coaches.
Youth Sports Volunteer Coach Application Form

For more information contact the Youth Sports Coordinator:
Phone: 808-254-7473
Email: Youth Sports Program
or visit the Semper Fit Center, Bldg. 3037, Kaneohe Bay



There are many resources that are available in order to find volunteer opportunities that are the best fit for what you are looking for. With categories like children, community, environment, animals, and disaster relief you are able to narrow down your searches so that you can decide where you are giving back. This is a good resource for families that are stationed at any duty stations around the country, not limited to Hawaii.

Local Organizations

There are plenty of Hawaii based organizations that have some really good opportunities for you to give back to this beautiful island! Whether it is the school system or Friends of Hanauma Bay, there is always somewhere that you can make a difference!

Here is one program in Hawaii that could use volunteers, year round!


Hawaii Literacy staff members teach children and adults to read and write through its family and adult literacy program, tutoring services and family libraries. The organization serves 2,100 people each year, says executive director Suzanne Skjold.

How to Help: Volunteers are needed once a week for two hours to assist with the nonprofit’s bookmobile that visits nine locations along the Waianae coast lending books to families. Volunteers can also go through a 16-hour training to become a one-on-one literacy tutor, or help children read, write and do homework after school at the family literacy library at Mayor Wright Homes, and, in January, at Kuhio Park Terrace, the state’s two largest public housing complexes.

Volunteer Requirements: Volunteers must have a background check and need to have a high-school diploma.

How to Give: The literacy nonprofit needs funding to rebuild its library at the newly renovated Kuhio Park Terrace. Money will help buy books, book bins, shelving and other materials. Hawaii Literacy Inc., 200 N. Vineyard Blvd., Suite 320, Honolulu, HI 96817,

Check out this awesome list of volunteering opportunities near MCBH!

Here is another great list of organizations that are located in Hawaii that are in constant need of volunteers!! Check it out here. 


Military Guide: Going to School

Military Guide: L.I.N.K.S.


Moving across the country, away from your family to start your life with the military is one thing, moving across the ocean is a whole different ball game. Finding out that you and your family are being stationed in Hawaii is a dream come true, but this dream comes with the stresses of finding housing, doctors, and friends while across the ocean on the mainland. Oahu Spine and Rehab wants to help you make your transition to Hawaii a smooth one; whether it is your first duty station or your last.

The island of Oahu is covered in military bases, making most resources to you pretty close by. OSR is located in Kailua, which is right out of the back gate to MCBH. Most of this guide will be based around experiences on the Marine Corps Base, but are comparable for the other bases.  One of the hardest thing to do when you are new to a duty station is making sure that you are still making your own goals and furthering your education. Sometimes having a family and moving can be discouraging when it comes to finding a university program that is right for you.

Picking a College

Picking a college can come down strictly to your location or duty station. The important thing to remember is that if you’re changing your permanent residence, you will only get in-state tuition for the state that you are claiming as your “permanent residence”. If you were already attending a college you can explore online classes for when you move, or plan on transferring your credits to a college near your duty station. College is an extremely important investment, college classes are expensive but important for your future with your family.


MYCAA stands for “My Career Advancement Account” and it is a program that is designed to help military spouses who are wanting to further their education. MYCAA will pay up to $4000 or $2000 a year for up to two years for spouses towards an associate degree or professional certification at an accredited college. The point of MYCAA is to give spouses support and assistance so they are able to work towards their goals. No matter what plan you choose for your education, applying for MYCAA can’t hurt. Any money towards tuition is nice especially when you’re on a military budget with a family. To read more about MYCAA click here!


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Military Guide to Hawaii Living: Dependent Military ID

American Military University

The American Military University was founded in 1991 by an ex-marine officer in order to make programs that were active-duty friendly in terms of cost and schedule. They offer low prices per credit around $250-350 per credit compared to the nations averages which are more likely $250-750 per credit hour, or for private colleges $900 per credit hour. The application process for this university is simple and all online.   The school is completely online, and gives you the opportunity to work online at your own pace and during your own schedule. The courses run 8 or 16 weeks and there are available courses all year round.  This option is a really good one if you’re looking to start somewhere for your undergraduate courses, especially if they are general education classes.


Other than the MYCAA there are other opportunities for grants available for spouses of active duty members as well as active duty military members themselves. Active duty members can receive Tuition Assistance (TA) from the government that will pay for your credit hours that you work towards while you are active duty in the Marine Corps. The TA will pay for 100% tuition assistance as long as you don’t exceed $250 per semester credit hour, or $166 quarter credit hour, and $4500 in a fiscal year. In order to get TA, the active duty member must complete the TA Orientation Class prior to using their TA. To read more about tuition assistance!


There are a number of organizations that provide scholarships for military families whether it is a spouse or an active duty member.

Here are some sites that might be able to help you find scholarships:

National Military Family Association

The Pat Tillman Foundation

Salute to Spouses

Active Duty Scholarships

Oahu Colleges

If you’re relocating to Oahu for your duty station you have multiple options. For such a small island, there are actually a lot of different colleges, trade schools and community colleges that are available for enrollment if you are looking for something other than an online school settings. Lots of these options will offer night classes as well as summer classes to work with your schedule.

Some of the entry level non-specialty colleges are:

University of Hawaii- West Oahu

University of Hawaii –Manoa

Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu Community College

Leeward Community College

Kapiolani Community College

Windward Community College

Moving to a new place and getting the ball rolling on your education isn’t always easy, but it is possible! Make sure you are checking around base and paying attention to online postings so that you are making the most effort to find out about grants and scholarships that could be available. Don’t forget that OSR is located right out the back gate of MCBH to help you with all your chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, weight loss and physical therapy needs, call us at 488-5555!



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