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May 27, 2016
Vet Center to open in Grand Forks, May 31
Fargo, N.D. – The Department of Veterans Affairs will open a new Grand Forks Vet Center Outstation, offering the full range of Vet Center Services, on May 31.
The Grand Forks Vet Center Outstation, located at 300 Cherry Street in Grand Forks, North Dakota, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, providing individual, group, marital/family and bereavement counseling and drug and alcohol referral to combat Veterans, as well as military sexual trauma counseling to all Veterans.
The Grand Forks Vet Center Outstation will also act as a liaison with VA and other community resources to ensure every Veteran receives the help they need. The Grand Forks Vet Center Outstation is completely free of charge and confidential.
“The Department of Veterans Affairs is opening this location to better serve Veterans in Grand Forks and the surrounding area,” said Timothy Teig, Fargo Vet Center Team Leader. “These areas were previously supported by counselors from the Fargo Vet Center, but with the more than 6,000 Veterans in the area, a brick and mortar Vet Center would support Veterans even more by providing more opportunities to receive the services they have earned and deserve.”
Both walk-ins and appointments are welcome. For more information, call the new Grand Forks Vet Center Outstation at (701) 306-4669.
During Mental Health Awareness Month, let Veterans know that there is help available. Treatment works and recovery is possible. Getting help is a sign of strength, NOT weakness.
The Department of Veteran Affairs announced on December 17, 2015 that it plans to propose expanded disability compensation eligibility for Veterans exposed to the contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune. Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune for up to 30 days or more during August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987 are already eligible to receive VA healthcare for up to 15 conditions. Family members may also be eligible for reimbursement for out of pocket medical expenses for those medical conditions. Based upon the VA’s review of the current medical science and Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Secretary McDonald intends to propose a presumption of service connection for the following conditions: Kidney Cancer, Liver Cancer, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, Scleroderma, Parkinson’s Disease, Aplastic Anemia/Myelodysplastic Syndromes. This proposal would also expand to the Reserve and National Guard personnel who served at Camp Lejeune during the same time period.
The VA is currently working on the regulation that would establish these presumptive conditions for compensation. A claim for benefits cannot be granted based on presumption until the final regulation is published, but Veterans that have one of the conditions can begin to file a compensation claim. Please come visit my office for help with the claim.
The Fargo VA Health Care System has scheduled several free flu shot clinics for enrolled veterans at the Fargo VA Medical Center and other community-based outpatient clinics during September and October.
Some of the area locations, dates and times include:
Fargo VA Medical Center third-floor auditorium:
• Sept. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
• Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to noon.
• Oct. 7, 13, 21 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• For after-hours flu shots, go to the Blue Team on Oct. 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. or on Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Fargo Vet Center, 3310 Fiechtner Drive:
• Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for enrolled veterans who normally receive care at the VA.
Devils Lake (N.D.) Community-Based Outpatient Clinic.
• Oct. 7 and Oct. 21, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Fergus Falls (Minn.) Community-Based Outpatient Clinic:
• Oct. 2 and Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jamestown (N.D.) Community-Based Outpatient Clinic:
• Sept. 24 and Oct. 7, 13, 21 and 28 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, call the Fargo VA public affairs office at (701) 239-3724.
VA Campaign Encourages Public to Help Raise PTSD Awareness
WASHINGTON – As the country recognizes Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, the VA National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) is inviting the public to participate in its “PTSD Awareness: June 2015” campaign, which began June 1. This year’s goal is to help more Veterans, their families, caregivers and community members understand what PTSD is and know that there are specific treatments that can help improve and save lives.
“Raising PTSD awareness is essential to overcoming the myth, misinformation and stigma that too often prevents Veterans from seeking help,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “VA is one of the largest integrated mental health systems in the United States that provides specialized treatment for PTSD, so we know that care works. We encourage everyone to join us in this important effort to share important information about PTSD and help Veterans receive care they need.”
This year’s campaign focuses on online materials and encourages the general public to “learn, connect, and share” to raise PTSD awareness. Anyone can “learn” how PTSD treatment can help, “connect” by reaching out to someone, and “share” what they learn by spreading the word.
June 27 also has been designated by VA as PTSD Awareness Day for the fourth consecutive year. For more information on PTSD and the ways to raise awareness throughout the year, professionals and members of the public can visit the National Center for PTSD website, www.ptsd.va.gov/about/PTSD-awareness/. This site offers resources such as:
- PTSD Coach Online and the award-winning PTSD Coach mobile app, which provide symptom-management strategies. The app is always with you when you need it.
- Continuing Education (CE) and continuing medical education (CME) opportunities for providers, including PTSD 101 Courses, on the best practices in PTSD treatment (CEs/CMEs offered).
- AboutFace: An online video gallery of Veterans talking about PTSD and how treatment can turn your life around.
- Whiteboards: Short animated videos to learn about PTSD and effective treatments.
- Subscribe to the PTSD Monthly Update – Stay up to date on new information about PTSD and trauma year round.
VA’S Treatment of PTSD
The health and well-being of the courageous men and women who have served in uniform is the highest priority for VA.
- VA is one of the largest integrated mental health systems in the United States that provides specialized treatment for PTSD.
- From October 1, 2001, to December 31, 2014, nearly 400,000 Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn Veterans were seen for potential PTSD at VA facilities following their return from these overseas deployments.
- In fiscal year 2014, more than 535,000 of the nearly 6 million Veterans who sought care at VA healthcare facilities received treatment for PTSD.
- As of September 2014, more than 5,900 VA mental health staff members have received training in Prolonged Exposure and/or Cognitive Processing Therapy, the most effective known therapies for PTSD.
About the National Center for PTSD
The National Center for PTSD is the center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD. Its seven divisions across the country provide expertise on all types of trauma – from natural disasters, terrorism, violence and abuse, to combat exposure.
Although the Center provides no direct clinical care, its purpose is to improve the well-being and understanding of individuals who have experienced traumatic events, with a focus on American Veterans. The Center conducts cutting edge research and applies the findings to advance the science of traumatic stress and promote its understanding.