Emory Healthcare Veterans Program: Healing Invisible Wounds

Emory Healthcare Veterans Program

For many veterans and service members, the joy of being home is often overshadowed by the trauma of service experiences. Emory Healthcare Veterans Program (EHVP) provides support for those dealing with mental and emotional sequelae of service, such as: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma, anxiety and depression related to past military service.

“You can’t get therapy from your buddies. You can talk to them, but they are not qualified professionals. The EHVP treatment worked for me because I felt I could trust my therapist. I knew she understood where I was coming from and that comforted me,” said Derrick B.

Some Warriors suffer from frequent nightmares, are constantly nervous, jump at sudden noises, or prefer staying home to socializing. Kyra Watkins, a U.S. Army veteran and former EHVP participant, said, “I was getting really angry and hot and mean with my friends, and I had a lot of anger and unresolved issues that I didn’t deal with. not. They said, ‘You really need help.’ After completing her treatment at EHVP, Kyra’s whole life changed.

Collaborative approach

EHVP takes a collaborative approach to healing, beginning with a comprehensive individual assessment conducted by top specialists in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, neurology, rehabilitation medicine and wellness.

The program treats eligible post-9/11 veterans and service members regardless of location, discharge status, deployment history, or length of service. Two treatment options are available: the intensive outpatient program (IOP) and the more traditional outpatient program (OP).

The IOP is a full-time, two-week program. Through daily appointments, program participants experience symptom reduction, health promotion, and improved relationships and social functioning. Watkins found great value in the program because it helped her get back into a normal routine. She said, “Thanks to Emory’s IOP, I can sit in a cafe near my house and tell my war stories to a complete stranger.”

The traditional outpatient program is an option better suited for those who live near EHVP (Atlanta, GA) and cannot dedicate two weeks to IOP. Typically, traditional outpatient services involve weekly or as-needed visits with a psychologist.

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Who is eligible?

EHVP currently serves veterans and post-9/11 service members, regardless of discharge status, deployment history, length of service, or location of residence.

Not eligible:

  • Unmanaged bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders
  • Substance abuse to the level of dependence
  • Active suicidality or homicide

Treatment models: 2 week IOP (Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program) – Veterans attend daily appointments from approximately 0800 to 1700 and recreational activities in the evenings and weekends. In addition, weekly outpatient services are available.

Cost: If insured, Emory pays for any expenses not covered by the veteran’s insurance. If uninsured, Emory pays the full cost of IOP treatment, travel, and meals. There are no disbursements for veterans.

If you or someone you love is struggling with unseen injuries, the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program is completely confidential and ready to help at no cost to the warrior.

For more information, please contact 888-514-5345, visit emoryhealthcare.org/veterans or follow EHVP on Facebook at @EmoryVeterans.

The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products and services by the VA.

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