Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading and common cause of injury or head trauma in service men and women.
In 2008, the Epilepsy Foundation supported the VA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence Act that became law. The law established centers that help bring specialized epilepsy care to the overall Veterans Administration (VA) health network; conduct research that may lead to the prevention of epilepsy as an outcome of traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well as research for better seizure control and treatments; and allows veterans living in rural communities or far from VA hospitals access to the care they need. TBI is one of the most common injuries of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Experts believe 30-50% of military personnel affected by TBI will develop epilepsy. The epilepsy VA centers will help prepare the VA for the expected influx of new cases.
Veteran’s Aide & Attendant Benefit
Family Caregiver Relief Benefits
This benefit is available to Veterans who have a primary caregiver living in the home with them. If the Veteran lives alone, this benefit is not available to them.
How to Access Benefits
VA Benefits – 1.800.827.1000
Beneficiaries of Pensioners – 1877.294.6380
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Founded in 1946, the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is a non-profit organization chartered by the United States Congress and dedicated to serving the needs of our members. PVA is a leading advocate for: quality healthcare, research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction, benefits, civil rights, and opportunities that maximize the independence of our members.
The Paralyzed Veterans of America Mid-America Chapter (PVAMA) was established in March of 1979. Our mission is to service the needs of the local veterans with spinal cord injury or disease, as well as the needs of the disabled community. We advocate for our members in Oklahoma, western Arkansas, and southern Kansas. PVA has service offices in Oklahoma City, Muskogee (OK), and Wichita (KS), to ensure these needs are met.
6108 NW 63rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73132
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.
Dr. W. Curt LaFrance Jr., principal investigator for a pilot study of Veterans with epileptic seizures at the Providence VA Medical Center, conducts a finger-tapping exercise with Veteran Ernest J. Avery as part of an exam at the Providence VA Medical Center. Avery served in Operation Enduring Freedom.