Polytrauma/TBI System of Care

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Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)

DVBIC provides TBI patients with state-of-the-art medical care, innovative clinical research initiatives, and educational programs. To learn more about DVBIC, visit www.dvbic.org,* e-mail info@dvbic.org, or call 1-800-870-9244.

Extremity Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE)

The Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE) is the leading advocate for research and treatment of Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs patients with extremity trauma and amputation. Working with TRICARE, the Military Health System, Veterans Health Administration and other Centers of Excellence, the EACE will lead efforts to enhance collaboration between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs extremity trauma and amputee care providers and conduct scientific research to minimize the effects of traumatic injuries and improve clinical outcomes. To learn more about EACE, visit http://www.health.mil/About_MHS/Organizations/EACE.aspx**

Department of Defense (DoD) Mental Health Self Assessment Program

Anonymous self-assessments are available for depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol use, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and generalized anxiety disorder. Individualized results and military health resources, including TRICARE, Vet Centers, and Military OneSource are provided at the end of every assessment. Learn more at http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2010/0810_restoringhope_resources/ * and http://www.militarymentalhealth.org/.**

National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

This is a special center within the Department of Veterans Affairs created to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America’s Veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders. Learn more at www.ncptsd.va.gov/index.html.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Preventing Suicide Network has a crisis phone line at 1-800-273-8255. Visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/Veterans/default.aspx for problem-specific information about suicide prevention in the military.

Office of Personnel Management, Federal Employment of People with Disabilities

Visit www.opm.gov/disability* for information about federal disability hiring programs and about workplace accomodation.


Veterans who are enrolled in a VA facility, registered on My HealtheVet, and complete the one-time In-Person Authentication process can refill their VA prescriptions online by viewing their Rx medication names (not just the Rx numbers), get VA Wellness Reminders, and when available, participate in Secure Messaging with their health care team. Learn more at http://www.myhealth.va.gov/.

Veterans Affairs Social Work

Social workers can be found in all program areas in VA medical centers, and are ready to help with most any question or concern. A social worker can help a Veteran or Servicemember seek financial or housing assistance, apply for benefits from the VA, Social Security, and other government and community programs, arrange for respite care for his or her caregiver, and other critical aspects of life. Learn more at http://www.socialwork.va.gov/socialworkers.asp.

Fisher House Foundation

Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury. Learn more at http://www.fisherhouse.org.**

Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC)

MSKTC is a national center that works to put research into practice to serve the needs of people with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries, and burn injuries. This includes the collection, management, and analysis of a longitudinal national TBI database. Learn more about MSKTC and TBI Model Systems at http://msktc.washington.edu/tbi/.**

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