The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) is continuing services to Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) as the Commonwealth deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our offices are open for in person appointments. We are serving our SMVF population as before, but with certain protocols and screenings in place to ensure the safety of our staff, customers and community partners. To ensure for everyone’s safety, all visitors will be screened prior to entering our offices and face coverings are required. There will not be lobby or waiting room availability and we ask all visitors to respect our social distancing and mask protocols. Frequent disinfection of all high-touch surfaces occur frequently throughout the day and after each visitor to our offices.
The DVS VVFS program will continue to maximize personalized service options such as behavioral health, rehabilitative, and supportive services for our SMVF customers, including in-person meetings, approved public meetings, virtual and phone appointments. If you or your family have an urgent or emergency situation requiring in person assistance, please let us know when you contact us. To determine whether your local office is open on a particular day, please contact 1-877-285-1299 and your call will be routed for assistance. Please be sure to clearly state your name, a return phone number, and your location. Appointment requests may also be made electronically by clicking on the Red Appointment Request button at the top of this page.
Sleep problems are one of the most common problems for veterans returning from a deployment. Changes in schedule, environment, noise, and pace, among other things, effect sleep so it’s no wonder that this is a common issue.
Sleep problems are also at times symptoms of post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Among the 229,000 OIF and OEF veterans who sought treatment at the VA since 2002, 90% of combat veterans diagnosed with PTSD experience difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep. 52% of combat veterans with PTSD experience nightmares.
Below are some resources which may help you understand the problem better and also some suggestions to help you sleep. Continued problems with sleep will effect your health, so it is recommended that you seek help from professionals.
National Sleep Foundation
Department of Veterans Affairs
- http://maketheconnection.net/symptoms/trouble-sleeping (also has suggestions for sleeping better
WebMD Sleep Disorder Center
Link to VA Sleep Apnea Disability Benefits Questionnaire
Actual PDF Form for Sleep Apnea
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
General Information Article
Article Outlining VA Benefits for Sleep Disorders
Department of Veterans Affairs Article on Sleep Apnea
Disability Ratings for Sleep Apnea (Military.com)
Article About Sleep Apnea Survey: Stars and Stripes