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RecruitMilitary and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) — DAV’s employment program connects transitioning active duty, Guard and Reserve members, veterans and their spouses with employers. Partnering with RecruitMilitary, DAV sponsors job fairs including virtual events, to connect veterans and spouses with employers nationwide who are committed to hiring them. RecruitMilitary Job Fair are events where job seekers with military experience can meet with recruiters from local and national companies.

These events are free for U.S. veterans, military spouses, transitioning military, and members of the Guard and Reserve. RecruitMilitary, a leading recruitment firm dedicated to the military community, is proud to announce that it has been honored with the prestigious "Patriot Employer" distinction by DAV. Regional and National Virtual Career Fairs for Veterans are held online at

Stand Down Events throughout VISN 20 — Stand Downs are typically one- to three-day events providing supplies and services to homeless Veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling. They are collaborative events, coordinated between local VA Medical Centers, the Department of Labor (DOL), other government agencies and community-based homeless service providers. DOL's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) awards Stand Down funding through the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) on an annual basis, pending funding reauthorization. Stand Down is a military term referring to an opportunity to achieve a brief respite from combat. Troops assemble in a base camp to receive new clothing, hot food, support services, and a relative degree of safety before returning to combat action. A DOL VETS-funded Stand Down event serves a similar purpose; however, it is intended for veterans experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. The critical services provided at these events are often the catalyst that enables those individuals to reenter the workforce. New events are added regularly, check the VA Homeless Stand Down website for updates.

Memorial Day 2024 — Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. The VA is proud to host public Memorial Day commemoration ceremonies at more than 130 of our national cemeteries this Memorial Day weekend. Please check out the listing to find ceremony dates and start times for a cemetery near you. Visitors are encouraged to contact the national cemetery to confirm ceremony information prior to the event. Dates and times may change due to inclement weather or other circumstances. Cemetery information, including address and phone number, can be found by clicking on the hyperlink in each cemetery's name. We look forward to your company as we honor the patriotism and sacrifice of all those who have served in our nation's armed forces. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time. NCA honors eligible Veterans, active-duty service members, and eligible family members with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Nation.

United States Armed Forces Veteran holding American flagGoDaddy and PxG Founder Bob Parsons on The National Defense // WKXL (FM-101, Audio) // The National Defense Radio Show (18MAY2024 Portland, OR) — Randy Miller welcomes billionaire philanthropist and Marine Corps veteran Bob Parsons to the show to discuss his time in the USMC, how he transitioned out of uniform, and the massive GoDaddy domain name powerhouse he created. Randy and Bob talk web pages, his new projects, PXG golf products, and much more in this great segment.

National Disabled Veterans Golf Clinic September 8-13, 2024 | Riverside, Iowa — The National Disabled Veterans Golf Clinic (NDVGC) is a week-long adaptive golf program that is presented by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and DAV (Disabled American Veterans). This annual event promotes rehabilitation by instructing Veterans with specific life-changing disabilities in adaptive golf. In addition to adaptive golf Veterans will be introduced to other adaptive recreational sports. ​All the activities offered by the NDVGC office will give Veterans an opportunity to develop new skills, strengthen their self-esteem, and expand fellowship and camaraderie among the participants. The event provides eligible Veterans with an opportunity to participate in therapeutic adaptive sporting and other recreational activities; which demonstrates that having a visual impairment or physical disability is a conquerable obstacle to an active, fulfilling and rewarding life.

A Proof-of-Concept Study Demonstrating How FITBIR Datasets Can be Harmonized to Examine Posttraumatic Stress Disorder-Traumatic Brain Injury Associations — Dr. Kate Clauss, a clinical psychologist, former MIRECC fellow, and current Investigator in the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) at the VA Portland Health Care System will be presenting at MIRECC Presents on Wednesday, June 5th. The presentation, Attentional Risk Factors for PTSD: Theory, Research, and Practice, will delve into the role of attentional risk factors in the development and maintenance of PTSD. This research is part of Dr. Clauss’ larger program which focuses on developing and testing adjunctive treatments and improving existing interventions for PTSD and related conditions including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and cognitive impairment. Dr. Clauss and colleagues recently published an article showing that it is possible to harmonize existing TBI datasets to create a well-powered meta-dataset. This proof-of-concept data harmonization study found that mild TBI was associated with 2.8x greater odds of PTSD in the combined sample from two Veteran/Military studies in the Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research (FITBIR) Informatics System. Additional harmonization projects are underway to determine the specific cognitive impairments underlying TBI and PTSD and Dr. Clauss is collaborating on efforts to identify novel interventions to improve functioning in these populations including trials examining Compensatory Cognitive Training, Attention Control Training, and others.

Wounded WarriorAssociations between early sleep-disordered breathing following moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury and long-term chronic pain status: a Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems study — Dr. Aaron Martin, a psychologist and pain treatment expert affiliated with the James A. Haley VA, will be presenting to MIRECC Presents on Wednesday, May 15th. The presentation, Optimizing sleep for Veterans with chronic pain: Pain, Activation, & Sleep Skills (PASS), will delve into a deep understanding of the relationship between pain and sleep, and discuss evidence-based strategies for improving sleep disturbance in the context of chronic pain. This presentation is based in part on seminal research recently completed by Dr. Martin and colleagues. In a study of Veterans with moderate to severe TBI, they found that participants who developed a chronic pain condition were more likely to experience sleep-disordered breathing impairments. Additional research is needed in Veterans suffering sleep apnea as related to pain. Researchers would like to see additional exploration and investigation of sleep apnea and the value of intervention during recovery of TBI. Ultimately the research study has filled a gap in understanding the relationship of respiratory indices and chronic pain following moderate to severe TBI.

A randomized controlled clinical trial of prazosin for alcohol use disorder in active duty soldiers: Predictive effects of elevated cardiovascular parameters Alcohol, Clinical and Experimental Research (21FEB23) — Dr. Murray Raskind and colleagues from the Northwest MIRECC have been leaders in evaluating the impact of prazosin for mental health conditions. Their early research identified a key role for prazosin in reducing PTSD trauma nightmares, sleep disruption and daytime hyperarousal symptoms. Subsequent studies have found benefits of prazosin for addressing the impact of nightmares among veterans with PTSD, mTBI postconcussive headaches, and disruptive agitation in dementia. In their recent research, Dr. Raskind and colleagues conducted a randomized trial to examine the efficacy of prazosin for addressing alcohol use disorder (AUD). In this study, 102 active-duty soldiers were randomized to receive prazosin or placebo for 13 weeks. Among the subset of participants with comorbid PTSD, significant reductions in craving for alcohol were evident for those randomized to prazosin. Additionally, given prazosin’s role in noradrenergic signaling, baseline cardiovascular measures were predictive of study findings. Study results suggest that higher pretreatment cardiovascular measures predict beneficial effects from prazosin. During Dr. Raskind’s MIRECC Presents lecture, prazosin will be discussed as a potential personalized medicine approach for treating alcohol use disorder.

Service member trainingSenior Mortgage Advisor for Armed Forces Bank, Jake Scarbo talks about Operation Homeward // WKXL (FM-101, Audio) // The National Defense Radio Show (04FEB2024 Portland, OR) — National Defense Radio Show speaks with a financial whiz from Armed Forces Bank, Jake Scarbo, to talk about getting your finances together in 2024. Randy Miller and Jake talk about why veterans and active-duty military folks need to look at the benefits they can access in buying or refinancing a home due to their military service. The guys discuss many topics on home ownership, their new program, “Operation Homeward,” the VA, and much more in this informative segment. Armed Forces Bank, founded and headquartered in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, is a full-service military bank committed to serving those who serve since 1907. In VA VISN 20, Armed Forces Bank is located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Characterizing and Comparing Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Utilization Among Veterans with Co-occurring PTSD and Substance Use Disorder Taylor and Francis Online (25JAN2024) — Researchers from the VA Portland Health Care System conducted a retrospective cohort study examining engagement in evidence-based treatments for PTSD among Veterans enrolled in VA Health Care. Leveraging data from the VA electronic health record, researchers examined data from 396,391 Veterans with PTSD and co-occurring Substance Use Disorder (SUD) between 2017 and 2019. The purpose of this research was to understand more about PTSD treatment engagement among Veterans dually diagnosed with PTSD and different subtypes of SUDs, and whether there were differences in PTSD treatment engagement between SUD subtypes. Veterans dually diagnosed with PTSD and alcohol use disorder (AUD) completed Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy at similar rates as Veterans dually diagnosed with PTSD and all other SUD subtypes (e.g., such as those with opioid or stimulant use disorders). These findings suggest that evidence-based psychotherapies (EBPs) for PTSD are tolerated equally among Veterans diagnosed with various SUD subtypes and should be offered as a viable treatment option for those with all types of SUDs. Other notable study findings suggest that (1) individuals with SUDs may have more complex mental health comorbidities compared to those with AUD, and (2) additional considerations and resources may be offered when working with younger Veterans.

Wounded Warrior Project Julie Oare discusses Military Financial Readiness // WKXL (FM-101, Audio) // The National Defense Radio Show (21JAN2024 Portland, OR) — With news that inflation is improving in North America, we welcome Wounded Warrior Project’s Associate Director of Financial Readiness, Julie Oares, to the show to talk about the ongoing financial strain that families are seeing, especially at the grocery stores. Thanks to Wounded Warrior Project for their continued work in studying and providing solutions to military families.

HandshakeOriginal Investigation | Neurology // Longitudinal Sleep Patterns and Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults // (04DEC2023) — Sleep disturbances and clinical sleep disorders are associated with all-cause dementia and neurodegenerative conditions, but it remains unclear how longitudinal changes in sleep impact the incidence of cognitive impairment. In this cross-sectional study of 826 older adults, there was a significant association between cognitive impairment and short sleep duration and longitudinal variability in sleep duration.

Wounded Warrior Project CEO Ret. Lt. General Mike Linnington // WKXL (FM-101, Audio) // The National Defense Radio Show (18NOV2023 Portland, OR) — Welcome, Chief Executive Officer of Wounded Warrior Project, Mike Linnington, to the show to discuss the history and importance of the Veterans Day holiday. Mike and Randy talk about how less than 1% of Americans wear uniforms to preserve our daily way of life and protect freedom around the world. We salute Mike and his entire team at Wounded Warrior Project for their tireless dedication to serving those who suffered injury while serving our country.

Veterans Day 2023 — November marks National Veteran and Military Families Month, highlighted by Veterans Day. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Veterans Day National Committee are pleased to provide a Teachers Resource Guide. This resource guide, along with another group of America’s finest — our teachers — will allow your students to learn more about the price our brave Veterans have paid to defend our nation. Veterans Day Regional Ceremonies recognized by VA provide military ceremonial support from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and a certificate from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for inclusion in the official program. Each year, the Veterans Day National Committee publishes a commemorative Veterans Day poster. The poster is selected from artwork submitted by artists nationwide distributed to schools, state governments, Veterans Day Regional Sites, the military services, and veterans service organizations. Poster requests are fulfilled until the inventory is exhausted. Download and print your own poster from the Veterans Day Poster Gallery. Veterans Day posters also serve as the cover of the official program for the Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery. This year’s poster is by Mr. Gene Russell, a Photographer at the VA headquarters in Washington D.C.

Veterans Life Insurance — As part of the VA mission to serve Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families, VA provides valuable life insurance benefits to give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your family is protected. The VALife program includes key dates and features impacting the Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI) program. VALife is guaranteed acceptance whole life insurance. This means that if you meet the eligibility requirements for VALife, VA will automatically approve your application. You won’t need to prove you’re in good health. And you can keep your coverage for the rest of your life.

Veterans Mobile Medical UnitVA Mobile Medical Units (MMU's) deploying in Seattle and Tacoma VA deployed 25 MMU's in 2023 and 2024 to provide health care and support to homeless and at-risk Veterans to meet with medical providers, including mental health clinicians, social workers, and staff. The VA fleet of MMU's are Ford F-550 Super Duty Trucks and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans. MMUs have been in use by the VA for more than 20 years. MMUs provide service continuity during emergencies when permanent sites of care are disabled or insufficient to meet the demand for healthcare
services. MMUs deliver primary care and other services to which the Veteran beneficiaries who have limited access to VA healthcare services due to low population density, remoteness, or limited local demand for specialized services. MMUs have also been used to identify and enroll Veterans who, for various reasons, may not have sought needed care and services at permanent VA facilities. In addition to MMUs, VA already has 83 Mobile Vet Centers (MVCs) around the country to provide confidential counseling and outreach to eligible individuals in communities that are distant or remote from existing services. The fleet of VA MVC's were first deployed in 2009.

Randomized controlled pilot trial of prazosin for prophylaxis of posttraumatic headaches in active-duty service members and veterans — Posttraumatic headache (PTH) is common following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and for many patients can become chronic, causing substantial disability and distress. The paucity of randomized con-trolled trial (RCT) data for PTH prophylaxis continues to necessitate an empiric approach based on the predominant PTH clinical phenotype. Prazosin is an alpha-1 adrenergic receptor (AR) antagonist that lowers noradrenergic signaling both in the periphery and in the central nervous system. Approved for treatment of hypertension by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1976, prazosin has been widely used “off label” for benign prostatic hypertrophy and for trauma night-mares and sleep disruption in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

United States Armed Forces Joint Color GuardJune is Alzheimer's and brain awareness month — Dementia is a progressive brain disorder with no known cure. As the brain changes during disease process, challenging behaviors may appear. Every brain is different, and symptoms may be as well. To ease these changes of progression and disease, offering pleasant and relaxing activities incorporating various techniques into our Veterans lives, offers potential to increase well-being and reduce distress. We include purpose with hope of potential behavioral interventions and strengths for the Veteran interventions to manage anxiety, irritability, anger, and depression.

VA announces reset of Electronic Health Record project (21APR2023 WASHINGTON) — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that future deployments of the new Electronic Health Record (EHR) will be halted while we prioritize improvements at the five sites that currently use the new EHR, as part of a larger program reset.

PACT Act Registration for Added VA Health Care Benefits // WKXL (FM-101, Audio) // The National Defense Radio Show (21MAY2023 Portland, OR) — Terrence Hayes, Press Secretary at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, joins the show to discuss the PACT Act and what veterans need to know. The VA is encouraging eligible veterans to get registered with the PACT Act.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Recreation Therapist Shawna Hill and Veteran Stephen Holsten // WKXL (FM-101, Audio) // The National Defense Radio Show (20MAY2023 Portland, OR) — Shawna Hill, Veteran Affairs Recreation therapist and vet participant Stephen Holsten join us to talk about 37th annual National Disabled Veterans Sports Clinic. The clinic, presented by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs and Disabled American Veterans is expecting more than 350 disabled veterans from across the United States to gather together for this event.

Wounded Warrior Project’s Dana Dreckman // WKXL (FM-101, Audio) // The National Defense Radio Show (09APR2023 Portland, OR) — Welcome, Vice President of Warrior Experience for Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), Dana Dreckman. She shares with us the results of WWP’s Annual Warrior Survey; which this year had over 19k participants! Dana explains how the survey is applied, some recent changes to the program, and the challenges/successes that they are discovering by compiling this massive amount of data.

Veterans Day StarPrazosin May Reduce Drinking in Some Individuals With Alcohol Use Disorder  American Psychiatric Association Publishing (23FEB2023) Prazosin, a medication commonly used to treat high blood pressure, may also reduce drinking by adults with alcohol use disorder (AUD), according to a clinical trial involving active-duty military appearing in Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research. Adults with elevated heart rate or blood pressure seemed to benefit the most from this medication. Murray Raskind, M.D., of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and colleagues enrolled 102 active-duty soldiers (95% male) who were participating in a mandated Army outpatient alcohol treatment program.

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NW MIRECCThe Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care network in the United States, with 1,255 health care facilities serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year. There are 18 Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) in VHA operating as regional systems of care to better meet local health care needs and provides greater access to care. Spanning 23% of the US land mass, VISN 20 is the largest geographic region of VA. In the Pacific Northwest, VISN 20 serves Veterans in 135 counties in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Operating across three time zones over 817,417 square miles, VISN 20 is home to 273 federally recognized American Indian and Alaskan Native tribes. VISN 20 also serves Veterans in Del Norte and Siskiyou counties of California and Lincoln County Montana.

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The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) helps service members transition out of military service, and assists with Veterans with education, home loans, life insurance and much more. Service members, Veterans, their families, and Survivors are invited to request information on VA Benefits including disability compensation, pension, fiduciary, education, Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E), Home Loans, and Insurance. In addition to information on VA Benefits Veterans may initiate an intent to file and request assistance with filing compensation and pension claims. Visit regional office websites to learn about the services the regional office provides, directions to the facility, hours of operation, and the leadership team that serves the regional office.

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The following four categories of Veterans are not required to enroll but are urged to do so to permit better planning of health resources:

  1. Veterans with a service-connected (SC) disability rated at 50% or more.
  2. Veterans seeking care for a disability the military determined was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, but which VA has not yet rated, within 12 months of discharge.
  3. Veterans seeking care for a SC disability only or under a special treatment authority.
  4. Veterans seeking registry examinations (ionizing radiation, Agent Orange, Gulf War/Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) depleted uranium, airborne hazards, and Open Burn Pit Registry).

Find out how to apply for VA health care benefits as a Veteran or service member. For other mental health services, contact a VA medical center for information on eligibility and treatment options.

Vet Centers in VISN 20

VA Vet Center LogoVet 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. 1-877-WAR-VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where Veterans, service members and their families can talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in transitioning after military service or trauma and get connected to their nearest Vet Center.

Anchorage Vet Center (Anchorage, AK)
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Veterans Canteen Service (VCS)In 1946, Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) was established by law to provide comfort and well-being to America’s Veterans. With our many retail stores, cafés and coffee shops across the country, we serve those who have served our country. We are a self-sustaining entity providing merchandise and services to Veterans enrolled in VA’s healthcare system, their families, caregivers, VA employees, volunteers and visitors. We are honored to give back to the VA community through many programs established for the health and well-being of our nation’s heroes. Revenues generated from VCS are used to support a variety of programs, such as VA’s Rehabilitation Games, Fisher Houses, Poly-Trauma Centers for OIF/OEF/OND Veterans, disaster relief efforts, Substance Abuse Cessation, VA’s Homelessness initiatives, Women Veterans, Veteran Suicide Prevention and other activities.

VCS operates over 200 Patriot Stores in Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers nationwide. Many of our stores have been recently updated and expanded to provide our customers with a modern, clean and comfortable shopping experience. Our stores welcome our customers with wider aisles, wood-like floors, enhanced lighting and directional signage. PatriotStores have expanded hours of operation to provide service for customers on weekends at most locations.

The Patriot Cafe is the best place in the VA Medical Center to enjoy delicious, freshly prepared breakfast or lunch served hot or cold each weekday. Providing Veterans, their families, VA employees, volunteers and visitors a place to relax and enjoy a meal or take-out for their convenience. With a wide variety of food from traditional comfort food, specialized menu selections and a large assortment of healthy choices; there is something for everyone's taste buds.

Hospital Service Directory

To find out whether there is a van near you use the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Hospital Service Coordinator Directory to contact your nearest HSC for information or assistance. Please remember that the DAV Transportation Network is staffed by volunteers; therefore, it is unable to cover every community.

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