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Disabled Veteran GolfDisabled American Veterans (DAV) - Navigating the resources available to veterans can be confusing, but DAV believes no veteran should have to go it alone. DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: keeping our promise to America’s veterans. Ford Motor Company has been a loyal friend of DAV since 1922, when Henry Ford provided 50 Model T Fords to help disabled World War I veterans attend the organization’s second national convention. As part of Ford's longstanding relationship, DAV members receive X-Plan Partner pricing on eligible new Ford and Lincoln vehicles, as well as up to $1000 reimbursement to adapt their vehicle to fit their needs through the Ford Accessibility program. DAV operates a fleet of vehicles across the country to provide free transportation to VA medical facilities for injured and ill veterans. DAV has tools, resources and information about Service Animals, Adaptive Sports, PTSD, Moral Injury, and health concerns for veterans who deployed to combat zones. All services provided by DAV are free of charge. 

VA Office of National Veterans Sports Programs - The programs are built on clinical expertise within VA, with essential support from Veteran Service Organizations, corporate sponsors, individual donors and community partners. VA supports disabled Veterans with opportunities for health and healing through adaptive sports and therapeutic art programs:  

Interested in becoming a Paralympic athlete? The VA National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events Office provides a monthly assistance allowance for Veterans with disabilities training in Paralympic sports. Veterans with disabilities can compete with the national Olympic Team, as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 322(d) and Section 703 of the Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2008. Detailed requirements, performance standards, training plans are available from the VA Office of National Veterans Sports Programs. The monthly allowance rate for an athlete approved for monetary assistance is the same as the 38 U.S.C. Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) rate. These specialized rehabilitation events aim to optimize Veterans’ independence, community engagement, well-being, and quality of life.

Military Adaptive Sports Program (MASP) - MASP is executed at three major Medical Treatment Facilities. Site Coordinators facilitate daily activities, access to community-based events and resources, sports camps, and clinics. MASP offers a variety of single-sport clinics, multiple-sport camps, and mentorship opportunities to help wounded, ill and injured Service members learn new skills and promote lifelong fitness and well-being. Providing activities and competitive athletic opportunities to all wounded, ill, and injured Service members to improve their physical and mental quality of life throughout the continuum of recovery and transition. The activities listed are examples and not an exhaustive list of MASP-approved events; Aquatic Activities Therapy, Archery, Art Therapy, Canine Therapy, Cycling, Drum Circle, Fishing, Gardening, Healthy Cooking, Kayaking, Meditation, Music Therapy, Power Lifting, Rowing, Shooting Air Rifle/ Air Pistol, Sitting Volleyball, Skiing/Snowboarding, Surfing, Swimming, Tai Chi, Tennis, Track and Field, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Tennis, Woodworking, and Yoga. Through this program, Service members also have access to the Healing Arts, which support both physical and psychological recovery and rehabilitation from visible and invisible wounds of war including traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and others. MASP provides Virtual Clinics and Coaching to keep you active and connected.

PTSD Service Dogs for Veterans - America's VetDogs - Making the decision to work with a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) service dog is a transformational event that extends into every area of a handler's life. Because of this momentous change, it’s crucial that each of our students is teamed with a dog that best suits that person’s capability, lifestyle, mobility, personality and psychological needs. As each applicant is accepted to our program, we carefully match them with a dog that’s right for them, and the power of their bond makes ordinary moments extraordinary. 

Service Dogs for Veterans - To receive any type of medical service through VA, you must register at the Health Administration enrollment section of a VA medical facility or online. Once registered, a referral to a specialist may be requested through the assigned VA primary care provider. The specialist will complete an evaluation and make a clinical determination on the need for assistive devices, including a service dog. Each Veteran’s case is reviewed and evaluated by a prescribing clinician for the following:

 Means to care for the dog currently and in the future.
 Goals that are accomplished through the use of the dog.
 Goals that are to be accomplished through other assistive technology or therapy.

Deciding if a service dog is right for your lifestyle can be a challenging decision. There are so many factors that must be considered that it can get overwhelming. The following resources should be able to help you in the journey as you work with your medical providers and personal support system to make the best choice for you!

American Kennel Club Update: President Signs Federal PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act - Properly trained service dogs can be invaluable to the mental and emotional health of our veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country. The Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Veterans Therapy (PAWS for Veterans Therapy) Act is a ground-breaking measure that recognizes the importance of service dogs in assisting veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and other mental disorders related to their military service. Specifically, the measure establishes a pilot program within VA to allow veterans to gain therapy through the training of service dogs that are provided and monitored by qualified non-profit organizations. Upon completion of training by a qualified veteran, the dog may be adopted by the trainer or another qualified veteran for continuing therapy. Dogs trained to be PTSD service dogs meet the standards and competency outcomes necessary to be effective service dogs as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Real Warriors Outreach Center - The Real Warriors Campaign promotes a culture of support for psychological health by encouraging the military community to reach out for help whether coping with the daily stresses of military life, or concerns like depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder. The Defense Department’s Psychological Health Center of Excellence has a mission to break the stigma associated with psychological health concerns and encourage those who are coping with a psychological health concern to seek help. The campaign links service members, veterans and their families with care and provides free, confidential resources including online articles, print materials, videos and podcasts. If you or someone you know is coping with any concerns, know that reaching out is a sign of strength.

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) - WWP began in 2003 as a small, grassroots effort providing simple care and comfort items to the hospital bedsides of the first wounded service members returning home from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. As their post-service needs evolved, so have our programs and services. Today, through our direct programs in mental health, career counseling, and long-term rehabilitative care, along with our advocacy efforts, we improve the lives of millions of warriors and their families. Through interactive programs, rehabilitative retreats, and professional services, veterans suffering from the invisible wounds of service can build resilience to help overcome mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), military sexual trauma (MST), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and more.

National Center for PTSD - The mission of the National Center for PTSD is to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's Veterans and others who have experienced trauma, or who suffer from PTSD, through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders.

VA Launchpad for Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Launchpad helps Veterans and their Caregivers find and use VA apps. The VA Launchpad organizes VA apps and capabilities to help you more easily find the tools VA has made available for you. Mobile applications (apps) provide self-help, education and support following trauma. We also have treatment companion apps, for use with a health care provider, to make treatment easier. Links to new apps automatically appear in the VA Launchpad when they become available, making it simpler to find the resources needed to interact with VA.

PTSD Coach - PTSD Coach Online is for anyone who needs help with upsetting feelings. Trauma survivors, their families, or anyone coping with stress can benefit.

Health.MIL Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence - TBICoE continue promotion of state-of-the-science traumatic brain injury care from point-of-injury to reintegration for service members, veterans and their families. Access TBI clinical tools, educational resources, and research information that helps the Defense Health Agency provide optimal patient outcomes.

Returning Veterans Project (RVP) - VA aims to provide mental health care and other services to all Veterans, regardless of their location or circumstances, but not all Veterans are enrolled with VA. To reach them, VA often works with community service providers, who have boots-on-the-ground contact with this population. Founded in 2005, RVP provides free, confidential mental and physical health services for veterans, service members, and their military families in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Moving Forward Overcoming Lifes Challenges - The app is a convenient way to use stress management and problem solving tools on-the-go. It can be used alone, or in combination with the Moving Forward online course.

PsychArmor - PsychArmor provides education, resources, and strategies for those who provide care for wounded, ill and injured military service members and Veterans. PsychArmor’s library of courses for Military Veteran Caregivers & Families includes over 45 short, evidence-informed videos taught by national subject matter experts. They offer “A Caregiver’s Experience” Binder: A three-ring resource binder that supplements their learning platform with tips and takeaways from courses. This customizable binder provides a central place to track resources and important documents. PsychArmor hosted a webinar series, Conversations with Caregivers, tackling difficult issues such as Substance Abuse, Social Isolation, Mental Health and more. To listen to previous webinars or register for upcoming, visit https://psycharmor.org/usaa-webinar/ 

Use of these Materials and Finding VA Health Care

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.

The mission of VA VISN 20 MIRECC is to improve the quality of life and function of Veterans by developing, evaluating and promoting the implementation of effective treatments for military PTSD and its complex comorbidities. These PTSD comorbidities include the behavioral consequences of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), substance use disorders, chronic pain, and dementia. 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 Washington, there are VA clinics also located in Bellevue, Bremerton, Edmunds, Everett, Federal Way, Mount Vernon, Olympia, Port Angeles, Puyallup, Renton, Silverdale, 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 Oregon, there are VA clinics also located in Bend, Fairview, Hillsboro, Newport, Lincoln City, Portland, Salem, The Dalles, Warrenton, and West Linn.

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VA Vet Center Logo 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. 1-877-927-8387 is a free, 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.

Veterans Crisis Hotline 1-800-273-8255 - If you are having a medical or mental health emergency, dial 911. If you are having thoughts of suicide, dial 988, then press 1 at the prompt to reach the Veterans Crisis Line

Veterans Crisis "988" - The Military Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource for all service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and Veterans, even if they’re not enrolled in VA benefits or health care. Call 988 then Press 1 If you are a Veteran, service member, or any person concerned about one who is hard of hearing, you can connect with professional, caring VA responders through online chat and text message (838255). 

In Europe
Call 00800 1273 8255 or DSN 118

In Korea
Call 080-855-5118 or DSN 118

In Afghanistan
Call 00 1 800 273 8255 or DSN 111

In the Philippines
Call #MYVA or 02-8550-3888 and press 7

A Veteran overseas may contact the Veterans Crisis Line via the chat modality at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat. If the Veteran prefers a phone call, they can request this within the chat venue. For TTY users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255. Are you looking for clinical care or counseling? Assistance with benefits? No matter what you’re experiencing, we’re here to connect you with resources and support systems to help. The Veterans Crisis Line is free and confidential. When you call, chat, or text, a qualified responder will listen and help. You decide how much information to share. Support doesn't end with your conversation. Our responders can connect you with the resources you need.

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