VA operates the nation’s largest integrated health care system with more than 1,500 sites of care, including hospitals, community clinics, community living centers, domiciliaries, readjustment counseling centers, and various other facilities. For additional information on VA health care, visit www.va.gov/health.
Military sexual trauma
VA health care professionals provide counseling and treatment to help veterans overcome psychological issues resulting from sexual trauma that occurred while serving on active duty, or active duty for training if service was in the National Guard or Reserves. Veterans who are not otherwise eligible for VA health care may still receive these services. Appropriate services are provided for any injury, illness or psychological condition resulting from such trauma. For additional information visit: www.ptsd.va.gov/public/index.asp.
Spinal cord injury/disorders
VHA has established SCI Centers at 24 VA medical centers and trained SCI Primary Care Teams at each medical center without an SCI Center. Services include: orthotics, prosthetics, sensory aids, assistive technology, videofluoroscopic studies of swallowing, pulmonary function tests, chronic pain management, gynecology, mental health, environmental modifications, peer counseling, reproductive assessment, substance abuse treatment or rehabilitation, swallowing evaluation and training, geriatrics and gerontology, medical nutrition therapy, rehabilitation engineering, speech and language pathology, dental services and services to address parenting issues. VAMCs without a SCI center provide access to primary care through physician, nurse and social worker to meet the primary care needs and these staff make appropriate referrals to their designated SCI Center when a Veteran has more complex needs.
OEF/OIF/OND care management
Each VA medical center has an OEF/OIF/OND Care Management team in place to coordinate patient care activities and ensure that servicemembers and Vveterans are receiving patient-centered, integrated care and benefits. OEF/OIF/OND clinical case managers screen all returning combat veterans for the need for case management services to identify veterans who may be at risk so VA can intervene early and provide assistance. Severely ill or injured servicemembers/veterans are provided with a case manager and other OEF/OIF/OND servicemembers/veterans are assigned a case manager as indicated by a positive screening assessment or upon request. OEF/OIF/OND case managers are experts at identifying and accessing resources within their health care system as well as in the local community to help Veterans recover from their injuries and readjust to civilian life.
Most veterans not receiving VA disability compensation or pension payments must provide a financial assessment to determine whether they are below VA income thresholds. VA is currently not enrolling new applicants who decline to provide financial information unless they have a special eligibility factor exempting them from disclosure. VA’s income thresholds are located at www.va.gov/healthbenefits/ cost/income_thresholds.asp.
The financial assessment includes all household income and net worth, including Social Security, retirement pay, unemployment insurance, interest and dividends, workers’ compensation, black lung benefits and any other income. Also considered are assets such as the market value of property that is not the primary residence, stocks, bonds, notes, individual retirement accounts, bank deposits, savings accounts and cash.
For further information on VA benefits, call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office, located at the Senior Center in the Ross Aragon Community Center.
The office number is 264-4013, fax number is 264-4014, cell number is 946-3590, and e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bring your DD Form 214 (Discharge) for applications to VA programs or benefits for which the veteran may be entitled to enroll, and for filing in the Archuleta County VSO office.
The following veterans groups meet in Pagosa Springs:
American Legion Post 108: second Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., 287 Hermosa Street.
Veterans for Veterans: every Tuesday, 10 a.m., Quality Inn.
Women’s Group of Spouses of Veterans: every other Monday, 6 p.m., St. Patrick’s Episcopal Parish Hall, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Contact Charlotte, 731-1025.
Point Man Ministry (veterans): every Thursday, 9 a.m., Buffalo Inn.
Durango VA Outpatient Clinic: 247-2214.
Farmington VA Center: (505) 327-9684
The Veterans Crisis Line offers free, confidential support to veterans in crisis, as well as their family and friends 24/7, 365 days a year. Call (800) 273-8255, chat online, or text 838255.