The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) program is continuing services to Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) as the Commonwealth begins reopening after the COVID-19 shutdowns. We are serving our SMVF population as before but with certain protocols in place to ensure the safety of our staff, clients and community partners. Our Regional offices will be opening at different times across the state but we are continuing to support the needs of eligible individuals by phone/email until all offices have re-opened.
Our staff will be serving the needs of our veterans and their family members by appointment only. As we re-open offices, we are ensuring all social distancing protocols are in place for the safety of our staff and service members and veteran families. If as a veteran, you or your family has a need which requires a face-to-face meeting In an urgent or emergency situation, please advise when you speak with the Regional Director or Resource Specialist at the time of initial contact. To determine whether your local office is open, please contact 1-877-285-1299 and your call will be routed to the appropriate region for assistance. Please be sure to state your name, a return phone number, and your location clearly.
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