Brain Injury & Recovery-TBI Program

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HeatherLynn Bahme

BS (Retired U.S.Army)
Brain Injury & Recovery-TBI Program Manager
Office: 509-828-0449

Brianna Flott

Brain Injury & Recovery-TBI Program Specialist


Email the Brain Injury & Recovery-TBI Program at:


VA Medical Centers:

Puget Sound VA Healthcare System

Walla Walla




FY 22-23

TBI Outreach Events- 54

Learning Events-39 with 289 individual attendance/participation

Veterans Reached-709  

Family Members Reached- 57                    

Veterans with TBI 1:1 – 60

TBI Claims Submitted-3

TBI Claims currently being worked- 11

TBI Issues Rated 3 = FYTD Earning $19,355.44

The WDVA Brain Injury & Recovery-TBI Program supports and represents every veteran in Washington State who has incurred a Brain Injury or is experiencing symptoms of 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 veterans 
  • Provide training and advice to any agency, group, summit, conference, etc. that wants to know more about how to help veterans living with Brain Injury or experiencing symptoms related to Brain Injury.

Why we do it:

The veteran community experiences brain injury at a rate much higher than that of their civilian counterparts. These injuries often go undetected and underreported because they do not appear “severe” enough to warrant treatment and simply an invisible wound many veterans experience. 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.


Brain Injury & Recovery