Iraq-War Veteran Competes In Triathlon to Raise Awareness About Pain Issues
Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Iraq-War Veteran Amputee, Pain Advocate and New Author
to Compete in Triathlon to Raise Awareness About Pain
“Exit Wounds” Released During September Pain Awareness Month
Baltimore, MD—(September 8, 2009)—Waterford, California resident Derek McGinnis, a veteran of the war in Iraq who sustained traumatic brain injury, extensive shrapnel wounds, damage to his eye and amputation of his left leg above the knee, will be competing in The Triathlon at Pacific Grove in Monterey Bay on Sunday, September 13th in an effort to bring pain to the forefront during the month of September which is designated as Pain Awareness Month.
McGinnis, who has competed in other endurance events including aquathons and biathlons, will be swimming .25 miles, biking 12.4 miles and running 2 miles during this sprint event.
“I want other veterans and members of the civilian community who may be struggling with pain to realize there are resources and treatment options available to allow them to accomplish their goals and dreams. I'm living proof that pain does not have to rule your life. With over 76.5 million Americans suffering with pain, it is critical that the barriers preventing access to appropriate pain management be addressed,” said McGinnis, who serves as a Military/Veterans Team Member and Amputee Advocate for the American Pain Foundation (APF).
Traveling the country, McGinnis advocates for the pain management needs of veterans, military personnel and their caregivers, and provides information, education, outreach and resources to those who are affected by pain. McGinnis will be giving a presentation at the Department of Veterans Affairs multi-disciplinary training entitled “Evolving Paradigms II: The Journey Home in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 21st-25th. Attendees for this training will represent every aspect of VA's as well as representatives from Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Defense, and Veterans Services Organizations.
McGinnis is also anticipating the release of his first book, Exit Wounds: A Survival Guide to Pain Management for Returning Veterans and their Families, scheduled for late September 2009. “I wrote this book because when I was struggling with pain there was no guide, no map, no mentor to steer me through the minefield I was navigating,” said McGinnis.
Exit Wounds is both a guide to pain management for veterans and their family members and also the inspiring story of how one man, with the support of his family and fellow veterans, fought to survive and even thrive despite his traumatic injuries and painful path to recovery. Exit Wounds and its companion website: www.exitwoundsforveterans.org, also offers veterans and family members comprehensive and authoritative information on acute and chronic pain syndromes afflicting veterans, treatment options and strategies for self-advocating for optimal pain care and medical resources inside and outside the Veterans Administration (VA) system.
“With hundreds of thousands of military personnel expected to be returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over the next few years, many of them will struggle with acute pain and face the possibility of a lifetime of chronic pain,” said McGinnis. “Veterans and their families deserve a resource to help them navigate through the barriers and obstacles preventing effective pain care.”
Available for Interview:
To speak to Derek McGinnis about his up-coming triathlon, his struggle with pain, his advocacy work with APF or Exit Wounds, please contact Tina Regester at 443-690-4707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the American Pain Foundation, visit www.painfoundation.org. To read an inspirational excerpt from Exit Wounds visit the companion website: www.exitwoundsforveterans.org,