Accessing Benefits, Counseling, Healthcare & Wellness

92D Medical Group, ‘Choice is Yours’ Program

The Medical Group is still in need of more patients to switch their health care to an off-base provider.  It is easy to change your Primary Care Manager and there are several TRICARE network providers in your community. The quickest way to change your PCM is to make the change online at https://tricare.mil. You can also call Health Net at 1-844-866-9378 or visit the Patient Administration Office on the first floor of the Fairchild Clinic. Changing your PCM to a civilian provider does not mean you leave the military health care system. You can still have your prescriptions filled at the Medical Grp Pharmacy, get your lab and radiology procedures done here or get updated immunizations. 

Questions: Patient Administration, (509) 247-5520 or 92 ARW Public Affairs Office, (509) 247-5705

Addiction ~ Veterans

DrugRehab.com

https://www.drugrehab.com/addiction/veterans/

Free web resource that provides information and support to people facing substance use disorders. Many veterans struggle with stress and mental illness, which increases their risk for developing substance use disorders. Our goal is to spread awareness of substance misuse and to be an informational resource for those impacted by alcohol and drug dependence.  

Questions: Danois Martinez, Outreach Specialist, dmartinez@drugrehab.com

Alcohol Rehab Guide ~ Veterans / Recovery Worldwide

https://www.alcoholrehabguide.org/resources/alcoholism-in-veterans/

Focus on alcohol abuse and comorbid disorders (such as PTSD and alcohol abuse). Find the treatment that best fits your need. Along with our hotline, we feature over 100 centers across the US.

Alcohol abuse amongst Veterans and the relationship between self-medicating PTSD with alcohol:  https://www.alcoholrehabguide.org/resources/dual-diagnosis/alcohol-and-ptsd/

Questions: Hotline 855-826-4464

Or, caitlin@alcoholrehabguide.org

Alpha-Stim Electrotherapy

https://www.alpha-stim.com/

Impact Montana, "Do you or a Veteran you know suffer from chronic pain, depression, anxiety etc? Our VA Healthcare System is now able to utilize Alpha-Stim technology as an alternative option to mitigate these issues. The Montana VA has the ability to utilize this technology as well but we need to have the awareness and knowledge of it being a viable option. Talk to your VA provider (Primary and/or Behavioral Health) to see if it is a good option for you."

Questions: Ryan Luchau, Community Employment Coordinator, Montana VA Health Care System, Homeless Veteran Recovery Program, 3687 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison, (406) 447-7340, Ryan.Luchau1@va.gov

Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations (ATLAS)

BLOG: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/71036/select-locations-virtual-exams-veterans/

Part of VA’s Anywhere to Anywhere telehealth initiative. ATLAS enhances a Veteran’s access to care by bridging the digital divide.

ATLAS establishes convenient, video telehealth locations for Veterans’ appointments with VA providers in communities where there was otherwise long travel times to VA facilities, or limited internet connectivity at home. VA is partnering with public and private organizations to provide comfortable appointment rooms at local access sites. Philips North America donated equipment to Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and The American Legion to establish a total of 10 ATLAS sites. VA has also collaborated with Walmart to initiate an ATLAS pilot at five select Walmart stores for 12 months.

As of 2/6/20, this was the only Montana location listed on BLOG:

Eureka VFW - Susan Geubtner (Montana HCS): Susan.Geubtner@va.gov and Marvin Boyd (Spokane, WA): Marvin.Boyd@va.gov

These individuals will only be able to assist with ATLAS specific questions for their designated areas. For all other questions, call VA311 (844-698-2311) or the White House VA Hotline (1-855-948-2311).

​Bitterroot Valley Eye Associates ~ A Satellite Office of Marcus Daly Hospital

300 N. 10th Street, Hamilton

Bitterroot Valley Eye Associates, a service of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital offers comprehensive eye care and optical services. The clinic team is proud to offer years of experience, a friendly atmosphere and the only full-time ophthalmologist in Ravalli County! Dr. Mark Calderwood is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, specially trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the eye and vision. He regularly performs cataract surgery and other corrective surgeries for his patients. Dr. Calderwood is a Veteran.  At Bitterroot Valley Eye Associates, Veterans are welcome and the optical center located adjacent to the eye clinic is approved through the Montana VA at Fort Harrison.

Visit mdmh.org for more information and mdmh.org/surgery to schedule an appointment.

Questions: Dr. Calderwood's Office, (406) 363-5434

Or, Tori Nobles (Assistant to Dr. Calderwood and District 5 President of ALA), tori@losthorseranch.com 

​Blue Water Navy Veterans

ATTENTION: Navy Veterans,

Recently, Congress expanded the geographic limits where exposure to Agent Orange is considered presumed.  Veterans who served on vessels within 12 nautical miles seaward from the demarcation line of waters of Vietnam and Cambodia as defined in Public Law 116-23 (Blue Water Navy) between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides such as Agent Orange and may be entitled to service connection for conditions related to that exposure.  Exposure to Agent Orange carries a presumption of service connection for a list of specific conditions as listed in 38 Code of Federal Regulations section 3.309(e).  The Fact Sheet attached contains additional details and this list of conditions.

Questions: Michael B. Crouse, Director, VA Regional Office, Fort Harrison, MT, (406) 495-2031, Michael.crouse@va.gov

Also shared earlier this year, "The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has over turned the Boots on the Ground. The Decided date was January 29, 2019. Appeal from the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in No. 15-4082, Judge Coral Wong Pietsch. All Blue Water Navy Veterans should resubmit their claims with the VA."

Questions: VVA Bitterroot Chapter 938, VVA938@gmail.com

Brain Injury Care ~ Shepherd Center

https://www.shepherd.org/patient-programs/care-for-us-service-members

The SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center is a comprehensive rehabilitation program that focuses on assessment and treatment for active duty or separated service members who have served in the U.S. military since September 11, 2001 and who are experiencing symptoms of or have a diagnosis of mild to moderate brain injury, or concussions and any co-occurring psychological or behavioral health concerns, including post-traumatic stress.

SHARE Military Initiative provides hope, assistance, support and education to service members and their families during their recovery treatment and beyond.

Questions: (404) 603-4314, ShareAdmissions@shepherd.org

Caring Bridge

https://military.caringbridge.org/a/

A single online platform helps military families stay connected and receive support—whether words of encouragement, a ride to an appointment, a meal, or fundraising for medical treatment and expenses.

Email and live chat support: https://www.caringbridge.org/contact-us

Or, call Monday-Friday 8:00am–4:30pm Central Standard Time: (651) 789-2300

Code of Support Foundation ~ Free Access to Veteran Resources

https://patriotlink.org/users/sign_up

PATRIOTlink enables any user free access to vetted, direct, cost-free, Veteran services (Veterans, caregivers, family members and providers). Login, browse, and use hundreds of resources!

Questions: (571) 418-6339, info@codeofsupport.org

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i)

https://www.veterantraining.va.gov/insomnia/

If you have problems falling asleep, staying asleep or waking too early, you are not alone. For many Veterans, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i) is a great option. To make CBT-i available to all Veterans, VA has developed a free, anonymous online course called Path to Better Sleep

Questions: https://www.veterantraining.va.gov/insomnia/feedback.asp

Cohen Veterans Network ~ Access to Mental Health Care

TELEHEALTH (Face to Face Video Therapy will be available to MT Veterans, service members, and their families as soon as they get the issues providing services over state lines resolved ~ IN THE MEANTIME, PLEASE ASK THE WA OR CO OFFICE IF THEY HAVE A CLINICIAN THAT MAY BE LICENSED IN OUR STATE): https://www.cohenveteransnetwork.org/telehealth/

Every day, many veterans and their families are living with the mental and physical scars from serving their country during war. The Cohen Veterans Network was created to serve them by providing high-quality, accessible, and comprehensive mental health care. Through our client-centered, customized outpatient care, we support veterans and their families as they begin their next mission: healthy and happy lives.

Questions: Anthony (844) 336-4226, anthony.guido@cohenveteransnetwork.org

COMBAT CALL CENTER

(877) 927-8387

DD214 ~ Veteran Service Records ~ Military Personnel Records

National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html#ways

Mail: National Personnel Records Center: 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63138

FAX: (314) 801-9195

*** Correcting Military Service Records

https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/correct-service-records.html

Questions: (866) 272-6272
Or, go to your local MVAD in Missoula: 1911 Tower Rd. or make an appointment: (406) 542-2501

Dental Insurance

Veteran Affairs Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) Fact Sheet: https://feds.deltadentalins.com/vadip/downloads/fact-sheet.pdf

Available to Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare and/or to CHAMPVA enrollees. Perfect for those separating from service as it provides an overview of the 3 different Delta Dental plan options, as well as the rates.

Enroll online: https://feds.deltadentalins.com/vadip/index.php

Or, call 855-460-3302 and request an enrollment application kit (Or, enroll over the phone).

Questions: Tammy Hunter, THunter@delta.org

Elder Care

Long-Term Care Benefits for Veterans and Surviving Spouses

https://www.elderlawanswers.com/long-term-care-benefits-for-veterans-and-surviving-spouses-6158

Emory Healthcare Veterans Program ~ Nationwide

https://www.emoryhealthcare.org/centers-programs/veterans-program/videos-testimonials.html

We’re taking calls and conducting mental health assessments. So post 9/11 Veterans and Service Members in need can still reach out to us and start the healing process at no cost regardless of discharge status, including airfare, hotel and meals.

Contact: James M. Brown, Emory Healthcare Veterans Program, Emory Brain Health Center, Veterans Outreach Coordinator (470) 432-5470, James.brown@emoryhealthcare.org

​Enlyten Lab Float Center ~ Veteran Owned Business

521 S. Higgins Ave., Missoula,

https://www.enlytenlab.com/

**REST therapy / float sessions as an effective, safe treatment

for the unseen injuries of war (PTS, depression, etc.)

Questions: Matt Gangloff (US Army Veteran), Savanna Scotson and Annie the Float Lab(rador), (406) 493-0502

​Federal Employees ~ Dental and Vision Insurance Plan (FEDVIP) Enrollment

Extended 3 months (no specific closing date yet). Retirees, retiree family members can check for eligibility and sign up.  Please call the toll free number (877-888-3337) or visit www.tricare.benefeds.com and click on the ‘Get Started’ box to enroll.  (Answer yes to any of the questions to start the process.)  It is recommended for retirees to check with your dentist or vision provider to find-out which insurances they are under.  This will narrow your research on selecting an insurance.  If you would like to use your base Library Computer Lab, to access the internet with personal instructions, please contact our office for an appointment.

Questions: Michael D. Knapp, TSGT (RET), Retiree Activities Office (RAO) Director, (509) 247-5359, C (509) 847-5606

Flu shots (FREE) for Veterans at your local Walgreens

No appointment is required. Simply go to any Walgreens, tell the pharmacist you receive care at a VA facility, and show your Veterans Health Identification Card and another form of photo ID (Patients will also be asked to complete a vaccine consent form at the time of service).

VA BLOG: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/66403/free-flu-shots-for-veterans-at-your-local-walgreens/

FORT HARRISON ~ VA Healthcare

(Missoula CBOC info below under "VA Healthcare)

Fort Harrison Hospital (877) 468-8387, Eligibility / Enrollment (406) 447-7350 or 7460, Patient Advocates (406) 447-7990 or 7960; Release of Information (406) 447-7234 or 7846; Patient Travel (406) 447-7409; Lodging (406) 447-7707; Non-VA Care (NAO) (888) 795-0773; Patient Billings / Co-Pay (406) 447-7844; Veteran Transportation Service (406) 447-6270; DAV Transportation (406) 447-7760; Non VA Care in the Community (406) 447-7400; VA Montana in house consult call center (406) 447-6150; Nurse Triage (406) 447-6120; Primary Care Call Center (406) 442-6410; Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) (800) 827-1000

Todd Dunlap, Enrollment Coordinator (406) 447-7457

Duane Cunningham, My Healthevet Coordinator (406) 447-7437

*** Homeless Veteran Recovery Program

Ryan Luchau, Community Employment Coordinator, Montana VA Health Care System

To support Veterans navigating through some form of recovery and wanting to get back into the workforce

3687 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison

(406) 447-7340, Ryan.Luchau1@va.gov

** Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group

Montana (STATEWIDE), Women Veteran Program Manager: Sue Calentine, RN, BSN, MS, 3687 Veterans Dr., P.O. Box 1500, Fort Harrison, MT 59636-1500, (406) 447-7315, susan.calentine@va.gov

Funeral Planning

The Funeral Planning Guide for Veterans

https://www.lhlic.com/consumer-resources/funeral-planning-for-veterans/

Get Results in Transition “GRIT”

https://www.ibmgrit.org/#top

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and IBM unveiled a new mobile application—called “Get Results in Transition”—specifically designed to help veterans, reservists and other service members better understand and boost their mental fitness and overall well-being.

Questions: (888) 971-9770, grit@us.ibm.com

Good Therapy ~ Military & Veteran Mental Health

https://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/issues/veterans-mental-health-issues

Questions: 888-563-2112 ext. 1

Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP) ~ The Learning Center at Red Willow

www.redwillowlearning.org

700 South Avenue West, Suite C, Missoula

Mind & body program relieving the stress associated with PTSD, TBI, depression, isolation, chronic pain and much more!

*** Through our Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program (HTOP), The Learning Center at Red Willow makes all of their courses available free of charge to Veterans, service members, their families / caregivers, and First Responders. For more information visit https://www.redwillowlearning.org/programs/heroes-therapeutic-outreach-program/

INFO / WAIVER: https://www.redwillowlearning.org/sliding-fees-scholarships/

Questions (new phone / fax): (406) 530-7175, Fax (406) 530-7176, info@redwillowlearning.org

Or, Roy Savage, HTOP Program Manager, (406) 544-7149, savagefitenterprises@outlook.com

Make the Connection

Connects Veterans and their family members and friends with mental health information, local resources, and inspiring stories of recovery.

Visit MakeTheConnection.net or mentalhealth.va.gov for mental health resources.

Marcus Daly Hospital ~ Bitterroot Valley Eye Associates (Satellite Office)

300 N. 10th Street, Hamilton

Bitterroot Valley Eye Associates, a service of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital offers comprehensive eye care and optical services. The clinic team is proud to offer years of experience, a friendly atmosphere and the only full-time ophthalmologist in Ravalli County! Dr. Mark Calderwood is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, specially trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the eye and vision. He regularly performs cataract surgery and other corrective surgeries for his patients. Dr. Calderwood is a Veteran.  At Bitterroot Valley Eye Associates, Veterans are welcome and the optical center located adjacent to the eye clinic is approved through the Montana VA at Fort Harrison.

Visit mdmh.org for more information and mdmh.org/surgery to schedule an appointment.

Questions: Dr. Calderwood's Office, (406) 363-5434

Or, Tori Nobles (Assistant to Dr. Calderwood and District 5 President of ALA), tori@losthorseranch.com 

Medicare

Do I Need Medicare if I have Veterans Benefits? https://www.medicarefaq.com/faqs/medicare-supplemental-health-insurance-for-veterans/

Meditation with Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD ~ 5-minute guided grounding meditation
Meditation is a practice or technique that primarily focuses on training attention-regulation processes. That is, it’s a practice that trains you to focus, to concentrate, to cultivate mental well-being. Meditation is one of the complementary and integrative health (CIH) approaches within the VA Whole Health System of care included in the Veteran’s medical benefits package when deemed clinically necessary by a Veteran’s care team. Taking care of your well-being, including your mental health, is essential during this time. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Experiencing stress, fear, anxiety, or feelings of depression is normal.

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4oqk5spCXY&feature=youtu.be

Mesothelioma Center
"Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire. Veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma even qualify for special benefits from the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs."
Educational guide: asbestos.com/mesothelioma/
Questions: David Sides, Public Outreach Coordinator, (407) 734-1225, dsides@ asbestos.com

Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs

mightyoaksprograms.org

29910 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd. Ste. G530, Murrieta, CA 92563

Our mission is to operate on a standing commitment to reach the brokenhearted, with a specific calling to assist our nation’s military Warriors and families find a new life purpose through a hope in Christ, after enduring hardship through their service to America.

MONTANA CONTACT – Ryan, “If you or anyone you know would benefit from this faith-based training please have them fill out the online application or contact”: Ryan Luchau, Community Employment Coordinator, Montana VA Health Care System, Homeless Veteran Recovery Program, 3687 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison, (406) 447-7340, Ryan.Luchau1@va.gov

Questions: Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs, (951) 240-3011, info@MightyOaksPrograms.org

Military Funeral Honors – State of Montana

https://mfh.dmdc.osd.mil/mfh/

1956 MT Majo St., Fort Harrison, MT 59636, (406) 324-3231

Eligibility:

·         Military members who died while on active duty or in the Selected Reserve

·         Former military members who served on active duty or in the Selected Reserve and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions

·         Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions

By law, military units are required to provide, at a minimum, a two-person uniformed detail to present the core elements of the Funeral Honors ceremony. The core elements of the funeral honors ceremony, which will be conducted are: Playing of Taps; Flag folding; Flag presentation; The veteran's parent Service representative will present the flag.

Additional elements that could be provided as part of the Funeral Honors ceremony include: Rifle detail; Color guard; Pallbearers; Caisson; Military flyover

Questions: Darin Gaub (Lieutenant Colonel, Retired) Contractor for Management Support Technology, Inc., C (406) 459-0839, daringaub.montanamfh@gmail.com  


Military Funeral Honors ~ Military OneSource

https://www.militaryonesource.mil/military-life-cycle/veterans-military-funeral-honors

Funeral planners or family members of eligible deceased veterans may request Military Funeral Honors by contacting the Military Funeral Honors coordinator listed in the Military Funeral Honors Directory. Use this directory by locating the state or territory in which the requested Military Funeral Honors will take place.  Under the state, you will find a local telephone number for each of the military services.  Please choose the phone number that corresponds to the military service of the decedent.  Numbers for each military service will apply, in most cases, to the state as a whole. Some states will have more than one phone number per military service: Air Force 406-731-2831; Army 888-634-7496; Coast Guard 206-718-5797; Marine Corps 866-826-3628; Navy 360-315-3275 or 360-315-3273

Questions: Military OneSource, 800-342-9647

Local – Montana: Tabitha Garvin-Betancourt, Military OneSource (406) 781-4986, (800) 342-9647, Tabitha.GarvinBetancourt@MilitaryOneSource.com

MISSION ACT

https://missionact.va.gov/

Questions: Todd Dunlap, EWCM(SW/AW), USN (ret.), Enrollment Coordinator, VA Montana Health Care System, Fort Harrison, (406) 447-7457, Todd.Dunlap@va.gov

Missoula City-County Health Department ~ Mental and Behavioral Health Task Force

Joint Information Center: http://covid19.missoula.co/

Questions: Heather Harp, Missoula City Council Ward 3, Mental and Behavioral Health Task Force Leader, (406) 550-0786 HHarp@ci.missoula.mt.us

Or, Nancy de Pastino, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Missoula City-County Health Department, Mental and Behavioral Health Task Force “County Liaison,” (406) 203-2975, ndepastino@missoulacounty.us

Missoula Vet Center

vetcenter.va.gov

Vet Centers are community-based (and a 24/7 call center) counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families.

Visit / Contact: 910 Brooks St., (406) 721-4918

*** FREE Meditation for Veterans (Every Thursday at 1pm)

Questions: Anton Johnson, Veterans Outreach Program Specialist, Cell (406) 529-2219, Anton.Johnson@va.gov

Montana Veterans Affairs Division (MVAD) ~ VA Benefits, DD-214

montanadma.org/montana-veterans-affairs

1911 Tower Rd., Missoula, (406) 542-2501

Veteran Service Officer (VSO): Kate Hahn, MSW, khahn@mt.gov

Questions:

Or, Sara Ball, Veteran Service Officer, sara.ball@mt.gov

Kalispell:  (406) 755-3795 (Veteran Service Officers Carolyn Collins, Bryan Zipp, and Ryan Keeler)

​POC for outreach in Superior: Jackie Lamb, Montana Veterans Affairs Division, (406) 542-2501

​​For VA Benefit Letters: (800) 827-1000

(“The local Veterans Affairs office is no longer permitted to print out letters of benefits for Veterans. That particular office is designed to help submit claims only.")

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) ~ Support, Education, and Advocacy

Missoula Resource Center, 202 Brooks St., Rm 210 (St. Paul Lutheran Church).

Office hours: Monday through Thursday, 9am – 12pm

(406) 880-1013 (Please call to schedule an appointment outside regular office  hours).

namimissoula@gmail.com  

NAMI Missoula events: https://namimissoula.org/nami-missoula-events/

National Center for PTSD

(802) 296-6300 (ptsd.va.gov)

National Institute of Health

https://www.nih.gov/

The research collects details from individuals to draw conclusions on specific, individualized health data in order to improve precision medicine. Better understand your unique health profile and help change the future of medicine by informing medical research and helping create more precise medicine.
All of Us Research Program: https://www.joinallofus.org/en?utm_source=print&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cpgi&utm_content=english
Questions: Chris Clasby, LCSW, Peer Advocacy Coordinator, Summit IL, Inc., (406) 728-1630, cclasby@summitilc.org

National Resource Directory (eBenefits, DoD & VA)

https://www.nrd.gov/

Objective ZERO

Objective Zero Foundation is a nonprofit organization that uses technology to enhance social connectedness and improve access to mental health resources. The Objective Zero mobile application connects service members, Veterans, their families, and caregivers to peer support through videoconferencing, voice calls, and text messaging. Users also get free access to resources on mental health and wellness.  

DOWNLOAD: https://www.objectivezero.org/app

Operation Warrior Sanctuary ~ Veterans Retreat in the Swan Valley

Daily Interlake 6/9/19, “Mission Possible — Food pantry founders turning former Swan Valley boot camp into veterans center”

https://www.dailyinterlake.com/local_news/20190609/mission_possible__food_pantry_founders_turning_former_swan_valley_boot_camp_into_veterans_center

Questions: Allen Erickson, (406) 756-7304, allen@veteransfoodpantry.org

Outreach questions: Cinnamon Davis-Hall, Community Outreach Specialist, NW MT Veterans Food Pantry & Stand Down, (406) 250-2394, cdhall03@gmail.com

Operation We Are Here ~ Counseling Resources

http://www.operationwearehere.com/Counseling.html

Questions: opwearehere@gmail.com

PREVENTS ~ Suicide Prevention

https://www.va.gov/prevents/

The President's Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) will focus on a holistic public health approach to suicide prevention. PREVENTS seeks to change the culture surrounding mental health and suicide prevention through enhanced community integration, prioritized research activities, and implementation strategies that emphasize improved overall health and well-being. 

Questions: WeArePREVENTS@va.gov

Project Tomorrow Montana

FREE & Confidential help!

SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE:

1.800.273.TALK (8255) or TEXT "MT" TO 741-741

PTSD & Addiction

AmericanAddictionCenters.org

Apart from addiction, we also consider PTSD as part of our advocacy. Some of our most popular evidence-based articles on PTSD and addiction:

https://americanaddictioncenters.org/co-occurring-disorders/ptsd-addiction

https://luxury.rehabs.com/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/

https://www.projectknow.com/the-link-between-ptsd-and-alcoholism/

Questions: Megan Bishop, Outreach Specialist, outreach@alcohol.org

PTSD Foundation ~ Permission to Start Dreaming

https://ptsdfoundation.org/about/what-we-do/

3110 Judson St., PMB 144, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Emerging from the tremendous loss of her son, Army Private First Class Kyle Farr, and determined to create a safety net for veterans and first responders, Leslie Mayne founded the Permission to Start Dreaming (PTSD) Foundation in 2010...committed to offering better resources, relationships and responses for those struggling with PTS.

Questions: (253) 432-6502, info@ptsdfoundation.org

 

Benefits, Counseling, Healthcare & Wellness CONTINUED...

Ravalli County ~ C&P Claims

Katie is willing help with C&P claims (A Compensation and Pension Exam is a doctor evaluation used by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) when determining approval or denial of a veteran’s disability claim).

Her husband, Ken used to work for the VA as the Chief of Community Care and knows the ins and outs of the system.  He is a fantastic resource for all things VA. 

Ken Simpson (541) 215-9867

Questions: Katie Simpson (406) 363-2211, simpson97862@gmail.com

REBOOT Combat Recovery

rebootrecovery.com

REBOOT is a free course - Not a support group - providing practical help for service members, veterans, and their families dealing with the after effects of combat. You won't find shortcuts or easy answers, but instead, you'll find solutions that last.

We partner with individuals, churches, nonprofits, colleges, and clinicians to bring our combat trauma healing courses to the communities that need it the most. What started in 2011 exclusively on military installations has now expanded to more than 100 locations nationwide and across the globe, and it’s all because of people like you who have stepped up to serve our heroes.

Questions: Buddy Hanrahan, REBOOT Montana Leader, Montana DPHHS & Montana JCF, (406) 438-6319, buddy@reboot-mt.com

Rehab Spot

https://www.rehabspot.com/

More than 20% of Veterans with PTSD also suffer from an addiction or dependence on drugs or alcohol.  Rehab Spot is here to help those struggling with substance abuse.

Questions: Nicole Katzef, Community Outreach Specialist, (855) 806-3167, nicole@rehabspot.com

S.A.V.E. by PsychArmor ~ Suicide Prevention

Our hope for this course is that you will become empowered to play a vital role in suicide prevention. This course was developed in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs and is presented by Dr. Megan McCarthy, Deputy Director, Suicide Prevention. You will develop a general understanding of the problem of suicide in the United States; understand how to identify a Veteran who may be at risk for suicide; and, finally, know what to do if you identify a Veteran at risk. Each of us has the opportunity to be that one person who makes a difference--the person who asks the question that can save a Veteran's life, or the life of anyone struggling with the thoughts of suicide. Using the simple steps of S.A.V.E., we can all make a difference.

The Recovery Village

Dedicated to helping those struggling with substance abuse into recovery.

Veteran Resources https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/resources/veterans/

Nationwide – questions: PeterL@therecoveryvillage.com

“Strong & Steady Yoga”

DISCOUNTED RATE for Veterans!

PRIVATE yoga instruction emphasizing mindfulness and steadiness (PM Brian Chaszar, US Air Force Veteran on Facebook)

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) ~ Find a Treatment Facility

https://www.findtreatment.gov/

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and to improve the lives of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, and their families.

https://www.samhsa.gov/

Questions: (877) 726-4727, SAMHSAInfo@samhsa.hhs.gov

Tai Chi

10 minute Tai Chi practice with instructor Cynthia Frusha from the Central Arkansas VA. Tai Chi is a gentle, mind-body exercise combining slow-flowing intentional movements with breathing, awareness and visualization. Staying active during this time is very important for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Physical activity, like Tai Chi, increases your stamina and improves your strength, flexibility, or balance. YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWPPzdpcEWI&feature=youtu.be

Tamarack Grief Resource Center

Resources: http://www.tamarackgriefresourcecenter.org/grief-resources/

405 S. 1st St. W., Missoula

Adults and children grieving a death of a family member or loved one are invited to gather for groups focusing on support, connection, and remembrance. Gathering with understanding others can provide us with safe opportunities for coping strategies, methods of accessing hope, and continued support. We are stronger together.  

Questions: (406) 541-8472

TMS Revitalizes (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) / BrainWay

tmsmissoula.com

2809 Great Northern Loop, Suite 410, Missoula

Questions: Mike Hutchins, MD, (406) 493-1344, info@tmsmissoula.com

Ultra Cell Full Spectrum ~ Patriot Program

Representative in Missoula would like to donate product to Veteran nonprofits for their new Patriot Program.

Patriot Program Video: https://www.facebook.com/zilisllc/videos/1215742545248426/

Contact: Will Stebbins, (406) 240-2813, stebbins66@hotmail.com

UM Neural Injury Center
http://health.umt.edu/nic/
To provide screening and clinical services to student veterans, athletes, and others with brain or spinal cord injuries that may be interfering with their education and assimilation into the community.
Questions: Cindi Laukes, MA, Director and Chief Operating Officer, Neural Injury Center, The University of Montana Research Navigator, University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences, (406) 243-4017, Cindi.Laukes@mso.umt.edu

UM Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences

The Mind Body Lab, McGill Hall,

Explore meditation, mindfulness, yoga, and/or social support groups geared specifically for Veterans 

https://coehs.umt.edu/departments/hhp/labs_and_centers/mindbodylab/default.php

Questions: (406) 243-6988, Laura.Dybdal@mso.umt.edu

​Urgent Mental Health Clinic ~ Missoula

(406) 327-3034

VA Burial Benefits at VA National Cemeteries

For Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors, “The VA Burial and Memorial Products Quick Start Guide (QSG)” https://www.va.gov/burials-and-memorials-guide.pdf

VA Launchpad

https://mobile.va.gov/app/va-launchpad-veterans

New mobile app that simplifies and organizes several existing tools and resources into one convenient location. This new app arranges all of VA’s previous apps into five categories for Veterans: health management, health care team communication, vital health information sharing, mental health improvement, and quality of life improvement. 

Veterans – Help Desk: (877) 470-5947

VA Life Insurance

Service Members: https://www.va.gov/life-insurance/options-eligibility/sgli/

Life Insurance – Veterans: https://www.va.gov/life-insurance/options-eligibility/vgli/

VA Health Care - Missoula (CBOC: Community Based Outpatient Clinic)

Apply: 1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez

VA Video Connect: https://mobile.va.gov/app/va-video-connect

VA Mobile: https://mobile.va.gov/

MISSOULA CBOC: 2687 Palmer Street, (406) 493-3700

Advocate: Don Porter, (406) 493-3784

Billing Statement / Co-Pay Questions 866-393-1846

Compensation and Pension 800-827-1000

Hearing Aid Batteries 303-273-6200

Network Authorization (888) 795-0773

*** MISSION ACT: https://missionact.va.gov/

VA Mission Act – Urgent Care & Same Day Services: https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/docs/programs/MISSION-ACT_Urgent-Care_FLYER.pdf#

Veteran Community Care – Urgent Care YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk-eg4N29w0&feature=youtu.be

VA Blog – Urgent Care: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/62632/mission-act-urgent-care/

  • To check your eligibility, call 844-698-2311 (select 1, then 3)

  • To locate an urgent care provider, Veterans can use VA's Provider Locator https://www.va.gov/find-locations (To find an urgent care location, select the "Urgent care" VA facility type and then "Community urgent care providers” in VA's network from the service type drop-down (Or, contact your local VA or call 1-877-881-7618 which is the OCC National Contact Center).

Prescriptions: There is no Rx card needed to identify the Veteran. There are downloadable Urgent Care Assistance Cards available on the VA.gov Veteran urgent care webpage (https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/programs/veterans/Urgent_Care.asp ) that have the BIN, PCN, etc., for filling urgent care prescriptions that Veterans can give to the pharmacist if needed.

Questions: Mark Upton, MD - Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Community Care, Veterans Health Administration, mark.upton@va.gov

​*** VET2VET ~ Peer Support Group

Groups may be arranged by the volunteer nurse, or for more information, please visit the CBOC outpatient desk

Or, Chris, Spartans Honour, Inc., (406) 214-0333

OR, 24/7 help number: 1-877-VET-2-VET (1-877-838-2838)

​*** VA Montana Nurse Advice: 877-468-8387 (option 3)

Veterans Choice Act Call Center (Billing Issues): 1-877-881-7618 (Open 9-5pm Eastern Standard Time)

VHA OCC (Community Care website): https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/providers/index.asp

*** FORT HARRISON

Fort Harrison Hospital (877) 468-8387, Eligibility / Enrollment (406) 447-7350 or 7460, Patient Advocates (406) 447-7990 or 7960; Release of Information (406) 447-7234 or 7846; Patient Travel (406) 447-7409; Lodging (406) 447-7707; Non-VA Care (NAO) (888) 795-0773; Patient Billings / Co-Pay (406) 447-7844; Veteran Transportation Service (406) 447-6270; DAV Transportation (406) 447-7760; Non VA Care in the Community (406) 447-7400; VA Montana in house consult call center (406) 447-6150; Nurse Triage (406) 447-6120; Primary Care Call Center (406) 442-6410; Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) (800) 827-1000

Todd Dunlap, Enrollment Coordinator (406) 447-7457

Duane Cunningham, My Healthevet Coordinator (406) 447-7437

*** Homeless Veteran Recovery Program

Ryan Luchau, Community Employment Coordinator, Montana VA Health Care System

To support Veterans navigating through some form of recovery and wanting to get back into the workforce

3687 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison

(406) 447-7340, Ryan.Luchau1@va.gov

** Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group

Montana (STATEWIDE), Women Veteran Program Manager: Sue Calentine, RN, BSN, MS, 3687 Veterans Dr., P.O. Box 1500, Fort Harrison, MT 59636-1500, (406) 447-7315, susan.calentine@va.gov

​*** Women Veterans Health, Strategic Health Care Group: publichealth.va.gov/womenshealth

*** Women Veterans Health: https://www.womenshealth.va.gov/

To contact the Women Veteran Call Center, 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636). Additionally, you can chat online via real-time messaging

*** VA Maternity Care Coordinators

https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/59872/va-maternity-care-coordinators-help-women-veterans-navigate-health-care-services/

Women Veterans deserve and expect high-quality health care to address their needs, and in some cases their needs include deciding when motherhood is right for them. Whether women Veterans are looking to start a family or to prevent pregnancy.

Questions: The Women Veterans Call Center, 1-855-829-6636 or chat online at www.womenshealth.va.gov

*** VA Suicide Prevention Resources

https://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn19/consult/

Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program (SRM) provides one free hour of consultation services for community or VA providers who work with Veterans at risk for suicide.

Questions / Request a Consult: srmconsult@va.gov

VA Health’s Compassionate Care Innovation ~ CCI Fosters Development Of Promising Options For PTSD Symptoms

https://www.va.gov/HEALTHPARTNERSHIPS/updates.asp

Living through a traumatic event may lead to chronic symptoms and PTSD for some Veterans. According to VA data, the prevalence of PTSD among Veterans has ranged from 11% to 30%, depending on the service era. As June was National PTSD Awareness Month, CCI is highlighting two treatments that may help Veterans with chronic, persistent PTSD symptoms: hyperbaric oxygen therapy and stellate ganglion block (SGB).

The SGB procedure and the positive effects it has had on Veterans were recently featured on an episode of “60 Minutes” on the CBS network. Watch the video at https://cbsn.ws/2IMjLHL.

CCI has also developed its own informational video about SGB, which can be viewed at viewed at https://bcove.video/2GiMEsl.

Expanding LED Therapy For Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

For more information about CCI’s work, please visit https://www.va.gov/HEALTHPARTNERSHIPS/CCIMission.asp

VA Million Veteran Program (MVP)

https://www.research.va.gov/mvp/

The Million Veteran Program (MVP) is a national research program to learn how genes, lifestyle, and military exposures affect health and illness. Since launching in 2011, over 775,000 Veteran partners have joined one of the world's largest programs on genetics and health.

https://www.mvp.va.gov/webapp/mvp-web-participant/#/public/about

Questions: 866-441-6075

VA National Cemetery Administration (NCA) ~ Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM)

VLM is an online memorial space managed by the National Cemetery Administration (NCA). NCA manages more than 140 national cemeteries as shrine spaces to honor our Nation's Veterans, and extends memorialization of the 3.7 million Veterans interred in those cemeteries to this digital memorial space by providing a VLM profile page for each Veteran: https://www.vlm.cem.va.gov/

Questions: Danny Devine, VA NCA Office of Engagement and Memorial Innovations, daniel.devine@va.gov

VA Travel & Foreign Medical Program

Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT)

https://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/access/seamless_care.asp

If you are enrolled in health care with VA, you will receive the same care while traveling as you would at home. A Traveling Veteran Coordinator will help coordinate with the alternate facility, but you need to tell your care team about your plans before you travel. Notifying VA 4-6 weeks in advance of travel is preferred to ensure seamless care.

For overseas travel (foreign), Veterans are encouraged to contact the Foreign Medical Program / ENROLL: https://www.va.gov/communitycare/programs/veterans/fmp/index.asp

VA Vet Centers

https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/

Vet Centers provides confidential and free counseling to Veterans and their families, including bereavement, marriage, substance abuse and more. 

Vet Centers began in 1979 when Vietnam Veterans had difficulty readjusting to civilian life. Vet Centers seek to help and equip Veterans by offering a community-based counseling center that provides a wide array of services. In addition, these Vet Centers actively help Veterans to simply get started, set goals, and eventually accomplish them. Vet Centers have quickly expanded and is now celebrating its 40th anniversary. There are currently over 300 Vet Centers, 80 mobile Vet Centers, and a Veteran Call Line as well. This model seeks to make readjustment smoother and more effective.

Questions: Hotline 877-WAR-VETS

Local – Missoula Vet Center, 910 Brooks St., Missoula: Anton Johnson, Veterans Outreach Program Specialist, Department of Veterans Affairs, Missoula Vet Center, (406) 721-4918, Cell (406) 529-2219, Anton.Johnson@va.gov

VA Veterans Legacy Memorial

https://www.vlm.cem.va.gov/

The first digital platform dedicated entirely to memory preservation for the 3.7 million Veterans interred in VA national cemeteries.

Search the site for Veterans, find out where they are buried and read the details of their lives and service.  

​VA Welcome Kit

https://www.va.gov/WelcomeVA_Guide_print_version_final.pdf

Veteran HOTLINES

ALL VA SERVICES: 1-844-MyVA311 (698-2311)

Veterans Crisis Line:  1-800-273-8255

Health Care:  1-877-222-8387

Benefits:  1-800-827-1000

Valley Veterans Service Center

217 N 3rd St Suite L, Hamilton (ravallivvsc.org)

(406) 363-9838, veteransservices@rc.mt.gov

**Valley Veterans Service Center will be hosting Sharon Parks-Banda a representative form Senator Daines office. She will have Mobile Office hours 10a.m.- 2p.m. She will be available to hear your concerns and issues with the VA. Walk-ins are welcome!

Questions: Sharon Parks-Banda,Veterans Casework Liaison, U.S. Senator Steve Daines, (406) 549-8198, sharon_parks-banda@daines.senate.gov

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​VET2VET ~ Ready to assist ANY VETERAN, ANY TIME!

877-VET-2-VET (838-2838)

Or, LOCAL: (406) 214-0333

*** 1/10/20 update, Chris said he will start having PTS Support Groups at the Poverello & Valor House ~ Dr. Quentin Hehn will be an advisor.

Questions: Chris, Spartans Honour, Inc. and USMC Veteran (406) 214-0333

Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Fort Harrison Regional Office

3633 Veterans Dr., Ft. Harrison, MT 59636 (M-F 9am-4:30pm)

VBA – Applying for Benefits (Pre-Discharge Program for Servicemembers, Education / VRE, Disability Compensation, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Pension, Home Loan, and Life Insurance Benefits): https://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/Applying.asp

Questions: Clarissa Caunday, Change Management Agent / Public Affairs Officer / Training Manager, (406) 495-2045, clarissa.caunday@va.gov

Or, Michael Crouse, Regional Office Director, (406) 495-2031, Cell (402) 277-6693, Michael.crouse@va.gov 

VETERANS CRISIS LINE

(800) 273-8255

*PRESS 1, TEXT 838255

OR CHAT veteranscrisisline.net

Be There

https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/support/be-there

We all can do something to help the Veterans in our lives. Even seemingly small actions can have a huge impact. Preventing suicide begins with your willingness to Be There

Veterans ID Card

Honorable service required - Veterans who served in the armed forces, including the reserve components, and who have a discharge of honorable or general (under honorable conditions)

https://www.vets.gov/veteran-id-card/

​Fairchild AFB ~ ID Card Facebook Page: Get updated status on DEERS and other updates pertaining to the Service Office. Check out our site!  https://www.facebook.com/FairchildIDCardSection92FSS/

Questions: Michael D. Knapp, TSGT (RET), Retiree Activities Office (RAO) Director, (509) 247-5359, C (509) 847-5606

Veteran Service Records ~ Military Personnel Records (SF 180 / DD214)

National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html#ways

Mail: National Personnel Records Center: 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63138

FAX: (314) 801-9195

Questions: (866) 272-6272
Or, go to your local MVAD in Missoula: 1911 Tower Rd. or make an appointment: (406) 542-2501

War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC)

https://www.warrelatedillness.va.gov/WARRELATEDILLNESS/index.asp

WRIISC Yoga Program, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Mailcode 151Y, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1290
National program dedicated to Veterans’ post-deployment health concerns and unique health care needs. We develop and provide post-deployment health expertise to Veterans and their health care providers through clinical care, research, education, and risk communication. As a tertiary care center, we partner with referring providers and their health care teams to support the care of Veterans. The WRIISC is part of VA’s Post Deployment Health Services, a VA Delivered Core Service. This means our work is fundamental to VA’s mission and is rarely found outside of VA.

Questions: (650) 493-5000 Ext 62355

Western Montana Mental Health Center

http://wmmhc.org/

1315 Wyoming St., Missoula

ASK about Montana DPHHS' Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Program (for individuals who have a serious mental illness, or co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorder, and is experiencing homelessness or is at imminent risk of becoming homeless): Case Management, referrals to community behavioral health services, support services, health / dental services, job training, education services, and housing services.

Questions: (406) 532-9700, missoulaadults@wmmhc.org

Which Way is Your Warrior Facing

From Barry (Open Arms - Veterans & Families Counseling, Contract Psychologist in Australia), “My second book (Which Way is Your Warrior Facing) has just become available as a PDF and is free to all who work with, connected to or are veterans. It combines my first book (Which Way is Your Claymore Facing) and focuses on the complex demands around transitioning. It has had excellent impact. You are free to distribute this resource. Just a reminder that unless you want a hard copy or kindle of the first book, it has been added to my new book. I have not published this book as my vision has been to allow all to access it at no cost.”

The book may be accessed through: https://www.barryzworestine.com/the-books/

Questions: barryjzworestine@gmail.com

White House Veteran Hotline

1-855-948-2311

(855) 948-2311

Open 24 hours/day, seven days a week, 365 days a year: 60 agents who are Veterans, military family members, caregivers or survivors with extensive training on VA programs and services. Immediate warm hand offs!

*** Request for Information (RFI): "President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS)"

Executive Order on a National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Suicide

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-national-roadmap-empower-veterans-end-suicide/

As part of EO 13861, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Department of Veterans Affairs are leading the development of a National Research Strategy to improve the coordination, monitoring, benchmarking, and execution of public- and private-sector research related to the factors that contribute to veteran suicide.

Questions: rfiresearchresponse@va.gov

Women Veterans ~ VA Health & Wellness

*** VA BLOG: VA is here for women Veterans during COVID-19 and beyond https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/75032/va-is-here-for-women-veterans-during-covid-19-and-beyond/

*** VA Center for Women Veterans ~ Dedicated advocates for VA benefits and services for women Veterans, including resources on health and employment women Veterans should know about (Resources): https://www.va.gov/womenvet/index.asp

*** Women’s Health Transition Training program ~ Offers free online sessions on VA benefits and services for women, including eligibility and enrollment for VA health care. These are live, interactive, and confidential sessions: https://www.va.gov/womenvet/whtt/

*** Whole Health for Women Veterans (VA Blog): https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/75375/va-supports-whole-health-for-women-veterans/

Women Veterans of MT American Legion

"Under the Mission Act, these are the only urgent care facilities in Montana approved so far by the VA...currently if you use a different urgent care facility you will have to pay for the costs first and then request the VA in writing for reimbursement. REMEMBER, Urgent care is different than the emergency room."

Montana VAMC, GLACIER COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, 519 E Main St., Cut Bank
LIVINGSTON HEALTHCARE, 320 Alpenglow Ln, Livingston

MARIAS HEALTHCARE, 670 Park Ave., Shelby
SAPPHIRE COMMUNITY HEALTH, 316 N 3rd St., Hamilton
ST VINCENT PHYSICIAN NETWORK, 1233 N 30th St., Billings
SWEET MEDICAL CENTER, 116 S Main St., Harlem

 

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