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VA launches TBI awareness program

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a campaign to increase awareness about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and services provided by the VA for veterans and service members recovering from TBI and co-occurring complex injuries.

The campaign debuted with a 25-minute documentary last week highlighting individual stories of recovery for some of the most severely injured and wounded veterans through the VA Polytrauma System of Care at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Va. The documentary and other videos can be viewed at www.polytrauma.va.gov.

“The stories of true courage and determination are an inspiration to all who watch this documentary,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “The stories go beyond their injuries resulting from combat or vehicle accidents by highlighting their heroic roads to recovery, aided by VA’s system of care. I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to watch the video.”

VA has released a series of products to promote awareness of TBI and services available to veterans, including public service announcements www.polytrauma.va.gov/multimedia-library/multimedia-library> featuring Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild SAG Award winner and Academy Award nominee Gary Sinise.

The pieces highlight the fact that effects of TBI can range from mild to severe, lasting for a brief or prolonged period of time. Treatment is available and VA provides specialized services to support veterans and service members through evaluating and diagnosing TBI, related problems, and enabling their recovery. More information about TBI and VA’s Polytrauma/TBI System of Care is available at www.polytrauma.va.gov.

Sale

This Saturday, Oct. 15, Vets for Vets is holding a parking lot sale at the Buffalo Inn from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by and see what they have.

Meetings

American Legion Post 108 meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at 287 Hermosa St.

Veterans for Veterans meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Buffalo Inn, 164 N. Pagosa Blvd.

Further information

For information on these and other veterans’ benefits, please call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office located at the Senior Center in the Ross Aragon Community Center on Hot Springs Boulevard. The office number is 264-4013, the fax number is 264-4014, cell number is 946-3590 and e-mail is raytaylor@archuletacounty.org. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bring your DD Form 214 (Discharge) for application for VA programs and for filing in the VSO office.

Durango VA Clinic

The Durango VA Outpatient Clinic is located at 1970 E. 3rd Ave. in the old Mercy Medical Center. Phone number is 247-2214.

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