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U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs | VISN 20 MIRECC | Newsflash | Brochures

Unseen Inuries - Medical Information for Combat Veterans - In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), this brochure was developed by Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) to provide an overview of medical concerns for combat veterans of the Gulf War and Global War on Terror (GWOT) including, but not limited to, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Gulf War Illness. Multisymptom conditions exist for veterans with military service in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the Persian Gulf War. Veterans of the GWOT may suffer from similar illnesses. PTSD results from a veteran having experienced the trauma of combat or other life-threatening events. TBI occurs when the head is struck with enough force to damage brain cells. An array of symptoms exist for each unseen injury.

NW MIRECC Downloadable brochures/flyers- Research studies currently enrolling Military Veterans, First Responders, Health Care workers, and Civilians. Veterans who have experienced a variety of service-related conditions, including PTSD, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), posttraumatic headaches, neurodegeneration and dementia, and Gulf War illness. Whether you are currently on active-duty, a Veteran, or someone who has never worn the uniform, you can participate in NW MIRECC research in Seattle, Washington.

InTransition Psychological Health Support - A free, confidential program called inTransition offers specialized telephone coaching and assistance for active duty service members, National Guard, reservists, veterans, and retirees who need access to a new mental health provider or wish to initiate mental health care for the first time when: Relocating to another assignment, Returning from deployment, Transitioning between an active duty and a reserve status, and Preparing to leave military service. The inTransition services are available to all military members regardless of length of service or discharge status, by calling 800-424-7877.

Gulf War Illness - Explaining Unexplained Symptoms - A project supported by a grant from the VA South Central (VISN 16) Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center and the VA Heart of Texas (VISN 17) Center of Excellence of Research on Returning War Veterans. A number of Gulf War veterans returning from combat experience difficult, painful, and persistent symptoms that are medically unexplained. The VA and researchers across the country are committed to continue to improve the help available to Gulf War Veterans.

VA Mental Health Services for Veterans and Families -
Trips to medical treatment facilities frequently bring to mind thoughts of serious physical ailments and injuries. There are some injuries, however, that cannot be seen, and others that simple scans and blood tests cannot definitively detect. The unseen set of injuries frequently overlooked in and out of the military relate to mental health. This brochure is a shorter, simplified version of the VA mental health handbook. If you are a Veteran, Veteran family member, member of a Veterans Service Organization, or member of another group interested in VA mental health care, you can use this handbook to learn what mental health services your local or regional VA health care facility has pledged to provide to Veterans.

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Please note that the health care information provided in these materials is for educational purposes only. It does not replace the role of a medical practitioner for advice on care and treatment. If you are looking for professional medical care, find your local VA healthcare center by using the VA Facilities Locator & Directory. This page may contain links that will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.

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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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