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U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs | VISN 20 MIRECC | Newsflash | Podcasts and Videos

Veterans Health Administration - The official YouTube channel for the Veterans Health Administration, part of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veterans Health Administration is America's largest integrated health care system with over 1,700 sites of care, serving over 8.3 million Veterans each year.

VA Podcast Network - Learning new things while staying entertained has never been easier for America’s Veterans. The VA Podcasts Network offers a diverse selection of top-quality podcasts made with a Veteran community in mind. Each podcast specializes on a different topic and covers gripping content that no Veteran should want to miss out on. Just click on the podcasts to the right and listen to the wealth of knowledge that awaits to be heard.

Sesame Street for Military Families - Sesame Workshop works in collaboration with military, veterans and employment organizations to distribute the materials and implement them into their communities. A combined effort with USO helps reach targeted communities across the U.S. and bring additional resources supporting military transitions to families nationwide. 

VHA Office of Rural Health Extends Reach to Support Veterans Everywhere- Support programs include tele-intensive care units, tele-mental health hubs, social workers who also work within the Rural Patient Aligned Care Team, Veteran transportation services and rural health training initiatives that include the cross-agency Rural Faculty Development Program, Fellowships for Rural Healthcare Scholars and career development awards for up-and-coming rural providers.

iCOVER Protocol for Acute Stress Reaction - Walter Reed Army Institute of Research - iCOVER is a rapid peer-to-peer intervention for service members to use when managing symptoms of acute stress reaction in team members. Named for its six steps (Identify buddy in need, Connect, Offer commitment, Verify facts, Establish order of events, and Request action), iCOVER can be performed by individuals in far-forward environments to help team members manage acute stress and maximize human potential in small, disaggregated teams.

The VFW Podcast Still Serving - A podcast is a new show for veterans, by veterans provided by the oldest combat Veterans Service Organization. The VFW Podcast highlights critical issues, challenges and legislation affecting veterans, service members and military families worldwide.

Gulf War Illness: Explaining Unexplained Symptoms - VISN-16 South Central MIRECC / VISN-17 COE Research on Returning War Veterans - The exact causes for GWI are still debated. Some factors have been ruled out. We know that that GWI is not simply a stress-related condition or the result of a psychiatric illness. Yet, exposure to toxic chemicals has been identified as the most probable cause. These chemicals exposures were varied including pesticides, toxic nerve gases (e.g., sarin and cyclosporine), as well as antidotes to nerve gases (e.g., pyridostigmine bromide). Research has also looked at depleted uranium, sand and airborne particulates, and oil-well fires and vaccines (e.g., anthrax, botulinium toxoid).

What is VA’s Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program? - Veterans Health Administration, VISN 19 Rocky Mountain MIRECC SRM experts work with providers with a range of knowledge about suicide risk management. They provide tailored support on a case-by-case basis that is anchored in up-to-date research, best practices, and clinical experience. Some of these topics can include: Risk assessment, conceptualization of suicide risk, lethal means safety counseling, strategies for how to engage Veterans at high risk, best practices for documentation and provider support after a suicide loss (postvention).

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The Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (NW MIRECC) of the Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN) 20 seeks to improve the mental health and well-being of Veterans through research and dissemination of information to providers both within the VA and the general public. The NW MIRECC mission is to contribute to better treatment of the unseen wounds of war (PTSD, mild traumatic brain injury, and their comorbidities). The VA VISN 20 Northwest Health Network consists of four states across three time zones; Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. The primary research center located in VA Puget Sound Health Care System is affiliated with the University of Washington. VA Puget Sound serves Veterans from a five-state area in the Pacific Northwest with two main divisions: American Lake and Seattle. In addition to the main medical centers, VA Puget Sound provides health care services in Washington state at six community-based outpatient clinics in Bellevue, Bremerton, Federal Way, Mount Vernon, Port Angeles, and Seattle. The research center located at VA Portland Heath Care System is affiliated with the Oregon Health and Science University. VA Portland serves Veterans from Oregon and Southwest Washington with two main divisions: Portland and Vancouver. In addition to the main medical centers, VA Portland Health Care System provides health care services in Oregon state at ten outpatient clinics in Bend, Fairview, Hillsboro, North Coast (Camp Rilea), Newport, Lincoln City, Portland, Salem, The Dalles, and West Linn. Vet Centers in the VISN 20 Health Care Network are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active-duty Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Space Force service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families.

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