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One in four Oregon veterans experience frustration in seeking care for mental health or substance use issues, according to a survey completed by more than 4,000 veterans.
Oregon is committed to helping veterans access the tools and supports they need to thrive.
The Oregon Legislature invested $3.1 million over two biennia toward veterans behavioral health.
June is PTSD Awareness Month and June 27, 2021 is PTSD Awareness Day. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, anyone can develop PTSD at any age. A number of factors can increase the chance that someone will have PTSD, many of which are not under that person's control. For example, having a very intense or long-lasting traumatic event or getting injured during the event can make it more likely that a person will develop PTSD. PTSD is also more common after certain types of trauma, like combat and sexual assault.
Personal factors, like previous traumatic exposure, age, and gender, can affect whether or not a person will develop PTSD. What happens after the traumatic event is also important. Stress can make PTSD more likely, while social support can make it less likely.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) commissioned a needs assessment study to identify challenges and opportunities for reforms. Produced by the Rede Group, the 2019
Oregon Veterans Behavioral Health Services Improvement Study:
The recommendations include proposed steps to strengthen services and outreach for veterans, including:
Following these recommendations, OHA and ODVA held 17 community forums between August and October 2019 in fifteen different locations throughout the state. The forums gathered input from Oregon communities about veterans behavioral health needs and services.
View the study report (193 pages, PDF)
View the report highlights (PDF) View the study findings (PDF)
Staffed by veterans and others trained in military culture, the
Military Helpline offers free and confidential crisis intervention with sensitivity to military-specific issues.
The Helpline understands what you’re going through and can help you sort things out privately. Whether it’s family issues, anger, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress or thoughts of suicide, call us. We won’t judge you and we’ll keep it to ourselves.
Connect with the
Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are veterans themselves.
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