Traumatic Brain Injury TBI

Contact Us

Heather Bahme

BS (Retired U.S.Army)
Traumatic Brain Injury Program 
Office: 509-828-0449
Toll Free: (800) 562-2308
Heather.bahme@dva.wa.gov

Brianna Flott

Traumatic Brain Injury Program 
360-536-5268
brianna.flott@dva.wa.gov


VA Medical Centers:

Puget Sound VA Healthcare System
800-329-8387

Walla Walla
888-687-8863

Vancouver
800-949-1004

Spokane
800-325-7940

Statistics

FY 21-22

18 trainings across Washington to 225 individuals.
80 veterans and 44 family members have received 1:1 guidance, referrals and support.

Max Impact Analytics:
20 referrals to providers
17 WDVA contacts
253 NEW users in the state of Washington
177 sessions
28 contacts in Washington State
14 users in 4 US states, such as California Connecticut, Minnesota, and Oklahoma, of those states 2 are new users

The WDVA TBI program serves to support and represent every veteran in Washington State that has incurred a Brain Injury.

That means that we:

  • Provide one on one support 
  • Provide answers, resources and referrals 
  • Support the groups and agencies that are out there doing great things for our vets 
  • Provide training and advice to any agency, group, summit, conference etc. that wants to know more about how to help the brain injured veteran.

Why we do it:

The veteran community experiences brain injury at a much higher rate than that of their civilian counterparts. These injuries often go undetected and underreported because they do not appear “severe” enough to warrant treatment. The blast injury, for example, is considered the signature injury of OEF/OIF and can cause brain damage with symptoms such as light sensitivity, migraines, difficulty with emotions and memory and will increase the risk of substance abuse, homeless and suicide to name a few yet many vets are unaware they have even been injured from having experienced a blast.

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