TeleMOVE! Tools and Support Give Veteran his Life Back

Photo of Thomas Bulla, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Thomas Bulla, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, says he did a lot of soul searching earlier this year and realized he’d reached a turning point. He was in his 60s, on several medications, in pain and tipping the scale at 313 pounds. Bulla decided to seek help at the Salisbury VA Medical Center where he receives care. He met with a VA dietitian who, after learning he lived more than hour away, quickly referred him to the facility’s TeleMOVE! Weight Management program.

“I knew I had to do something to save myself. I wanted my life back,” Bulla says about his decision to participate in the program. He was assigned a TeleMOVE! Care Coordinator who helped him set goals and get started using the home health monitoring equipment.

TeleMOVE! is one of VA’s Home Telehealth Services in which Veterans are matched with a VA Care Coordinator and at-home health monitoring technologies that best fit their needs. It is a 90-day program that focuses on nutrition, physical activity and behavior change. In 2018 alone, more than 136,000 Veterans were enrolled in VA Home Telehealth. Currently, there are approximately 75,000 participating daily and about 9,000 of those are enrolled in the TeleMOVE! Program.

Read the full story on VAntage Point and learn how TeleMOVE! helped this Veteran lose nearly 70 pounds in six months.