WESTERN MASS VETERANS OUTREACH PROJECT
What We Do
The Western Massachusetts Veterans Outreach Project provides free educational seminars and related published documents to civilian medical and behavioral healthcare providers and social support practitioners in western Massachusetts.
This is done in recognition that almost half of all Veterans, for a variety of reasons, are either not eligible for health care in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system, or, by choice, decide not to seek medical and behavioral health care from the Veterans Health Administration. This population of Veterans therefore relies on the civilian healthcare system as do nearly all family members of Veterans.
Our goal is to provide purposeful information that educates providers about the unique circumstances of military culture that could affect the effectiveness of the care they deliver to Veterans and their family members.
Our Outreach Project has access to a multitude of resources that correlates to the specific experience of military service, to include knowledge-based research and educational materials related to deployment/redeployment such as PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and exposure to toxic substances.